Erin Coughlin Hollowell

I’m a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, I lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration.

I earned my MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009.  I received the Rona Jaffe Scholarship in poetry for the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 2010.

In 2013, I was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship by the Rasmuson Foundation and a Connie Boochever Award by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. I was one of the inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Awards in 2014. I was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Willapa Bay Artist in Residency Program in 2014. In 2017, I was awarded a second Rasmuson Fellowship to work on my third book.

Currently, I am the executive director of the Storyknife Writers Retreat, a residency for women writers being developed outside of Homer, Alaska. I’m on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference and the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA Program. My work has most recently been published in Talking Rivers, Rust + Moth, Alaska Quarterly Review, Weber Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, Sugar House Review, and Prairie Schooner. 

Pause, Traveler, my first book-length collection, was released in 2013 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, and my second book-length collection, Every Atom, was released by the same press in April 2018. Dancing Girl Press published my chapbook Boundaries in January 2018. (You can learn more about my books and ways to purchase them at my author website.)

This site is meant to be a reflection of the myriad ways writing poetry influences the way a person lives his or her life, as well as compendium of book reviews and interesting ideas culled from the web.

To submit ideas, comments, or offer poetry books for review, please email.

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