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Shannon Huffman Polson

Where: Denali
Genre(s): Literary nonfiction, journalism, essays
Job(s): Writer, mom
 • Blog: The Ultima Thule


Favorite Places in Alaska:
Chugach, Denali, Arctic

Shannon Huffman Polson writes about place and life with a focus on the natural world, family, women's issues, and faith issues, and how they all come together. Her essays have appeared in Cirque Journal, TRACHODON and Adventum Magazines, with feature articles in Alaska and Seattle Magazines, and her first book, a memoir titled North of Hope, will be released in March of 2013 (Zondervan).

Polson was born in Anchorage, Alaska. After studying English Literature at Duke, she headed from the ivory tower to the tarmac of Ft. Rucker, AL, where she flew Apaches in the first crop of women attack helicopter pilots. An MBA at Tuck transitioned her to five years in marketing at two companies. Now she's back in the books, and back in love. Polson has scuba dived on three continents, sky dived on two, and climbed the highest mountain on the North American and African continents. She and her husband and son split their time between a cabin in Denali and a home in Seattle.


  • North of Hope (memoir), Zondervan, 2013

Please contact me for workshops.
I work with community writers.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in women's issues, military, and faith. I am a member of the Alaska Wilderness League.

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Listing last updated: July, 2012

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