Publisher’s Weekly called Stacy Carlson’s debut novel, Among the Wonderful, “Intelligent, engrossing, and utterly unique.” Her essays and fiction have appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell, Sparkle+Blink, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from The Arctic Circle, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Signal Fire. She received the Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was a contributing author for the collection In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing.
Stacy grew up in Seattle and now lives in Oakland, California. In addition to her fiction practice, she writes and edits for Esalen Institute. Her background includes work as a historical ecologist, fish cannery worker, hot springs caretaker, field crew on a bird refuge in SE Alaska, and assistant hiking guide in Big Sur. She was only 23 miles away from Mt. St. Helens when it erupted in 1980, and she credits that experience as the reason she became a writer.
Stacy’s work is deeply concerned with wild nature. In her words:
“I once spent time on the Canning River, north of the Brooks Range of Alaska. During the trip I would leave my tent in the middle of the night to see what I could see in the midnight sun. Once, from the ridge behind camp, I saw a wolf moving through the landscape. After crossing the tundra plain, it splashed across a braid of the river and raided some gull nests on a gravel bar. It dodged attacking gulls, ate some eggs, swam across another narrow riverbraid, and continued on its way. I have never shaken the feeling that this creature, free in its wild, ample territory, is one of the most important things I’ll see in my lifetime. This conviction drives my work in that it catalyzed my belief that true wilderness is vital to the human psyche and feeds our collective mythopoetic imagination. I strive to address this through fiction.”
Stacy created this film using pinhole photographs she took while in Svalbard participating in The Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency.
Listen to an interview with Stacy on KRCB radio (interview starts at 21:28).