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Bill Sherwonit

Where: Anchorage
Genre(s): literary nonfiction, journalism, essays
Job(s): freelance writer and teacher


Favorite Places in Alaska: Anchorage's wild side, Chugach State Park, the Denali region including Byers Lake, Central Brooks Range, McNeil River bear sanctuary

Bio: Nature writer Bill Sherwonit has contributed essays and articles to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, journals, and anthologies and is the author of 13 books. His most recent include Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey and Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness, both published by the University of Alaska Press. He also contributed the essay that accompanies Carl Battreall's photographs in Chugach State Park: Alaska's Backyard Wilderness (2011). Most of Sherwonit's work focuses on Alaska, with an emphasis on wilderness adventure, wildlands preservation, environmental issues, natural history, wildlife management, relationship with place, and notions of wildness. He also teaches nature writing.


  • Chugach State Park: Alaska's Accessible Wilderness (nonfiction), Greatland Graphics, 2011.
  • Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness (nonfiction), University of Alaska Press, 2009.
  • Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey (nonfiction), University of Alaska Press, 2008.
  • Wood-Tikchik: Alaska's Largest State Park (nonfiction), Aperture Foundation, 2003.
  • Travelers' Tales Alaska (nonfiction), Travelers Tales, Inc., 2003.
  • Denali: The Complete Guide (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 2002.
  • Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome (nonfiction), Sasquatch Books, 2002.
  • Denali: A Literary Anthology (nonfiction), The Mountaineers Books, 2000.
  • Alaska's Bears (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1998.
  • Alaska Ascents (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1996.
  • Alaska's Accessible Wilderness: A Traveler's Guide to Alaska's State
    (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1996.
  • Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1991.
  • To the Top of Denali: Climbing Adventures on North America's Highest Peak (nonfiction), Alaska Northwest Books, 1990, revised second edition, 2000.

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I work with any audience.
Special Interests:
I have a particular interest in nature and environmental writing.

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Listing last updated: August, 2011

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