Faculty Mentor

Polly Buckingham

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Creative Writing


As a writer, I have been influenced by my numerous travels, the people I meet, and the adventures I get into. These are the subjects that both fascinate me and inspire me to put pen to paper. My intent with my writing is to shed light onto the overlooked aspects of the world we live in. I write stories that deal with reality, as I know it. I write about wildland firefighters, fishermen, and nomadic travelers. Every story I write I pull from my own experiences. Today I will be reading a chapter from my unpublished memoir, “a story of a young man's journey of self-discovery” set against the backdrop of the Alaskan fishing industry. This chapter describes my first shift as a viscera technician onboard the Northern Jaeger.