shorefast: (n) the line and mooring used to attach a fish trap to the shore

Shorefast Editions is an independent press based in Juneau, Alaska. 

 

KATRINA WOOLFORD

Katrina is a lifelong Alaskan and her roots in the state run from Tenakee Springs to Teller. She was born and raised in Juneau, her grandfather was a Fish & Wildlife Officer in the 1940s based out of Fairbanks, and her great-grandfather was a member of the Territorial Legislature representing Nome.

She has decades of experience in Alaska’s literary arts, as a bookseller, author events coordinator, and publicist, as well as serving on boards and committees including the Literacy Council of Alaska and the 49 Writers Board of Directors. Currently, Katrina serves as the Publications Chair for the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, a board member of the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and an organizing faculty member and sponsor of the North Words Writers Symposium, and a member of the Storyknife advisory council.

As the publisher, she has worked as both editor and consultant to some of Alaska’s most distinguished writers. Katrina is also the owner of Taku Graphics, an art and book distribution company. She lives and works in Juneau, Alaska.



COLLEEN MONDOR

Colleen Mondor met Katrina almost twenty years ago, where she was a fellow bookseller and graduate student at the University of Alaska, where she earned a degree in Northern Studies. Colleen is the author of The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska, which was a 2012 NPR Summer Pick by Nancy Pearl. A reviewer for the ALA’s Booklist and the Los Angeles Review of Books, she is also an aviation reporter for the state's largest newspaper, Alaska Dispatch News. Colleen has been writing about and researching polar exploration and its literature for more than a decade. She owns an aircraft leasing company with her husband, a longtime Alaskan pilot, that is based in Two Rivers, Alaska.  As co-founder of Shorefast Editions, Colleen is now a contributing writer and editor. You can follow her on twitter via @chasingray.

 

SARAH ASPER-SMITH

Sarah was born and raised in Juneau.  She is a museum exhibition specialist and author. Through her work with museums across Alaska she assesses artifact collections and participates in public meetings to help communities choose those objects which best support the story they wish to tell. This unique combination of historical and social research has allowed Sarah to bring a fresh perspective to projects at destinations as varied as the Baranov Museum in Kodiak, the Berengia Center in Nome and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. Her publications include the children's titles Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jelly Fish? and I Would Tuck You In. You can find her online at: ExhibitAk.comsmackofjellyfish.comalaskarobotics.com, and lrcd.com. She is the Shorefast book designer and graphic artist. Sarah makes her home in Juneau, Alaska.  

 

BEN HUFF

As a photographer, his first monograph, The Last Road North, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2014. He's had solo exhibitions at the Pratt Museum, Alaska State Museum, Museum of the North, and Newspace in Portland, Oregon. He was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York in 2014, awarded a Rasmuson Fellowship in 2016, and received Alaska Humanities Forum grants in 2015 and 2016, most recently for his ongoing work on the post-cold war military outpost on the Aleutian Island of Adak.

Ben is on the board of the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum and is the founder of the independent publisher, Ice Fog Press. He is the Shorefast art editor and content co-editor. He makes his home in Juneau.