Peggy Shumaker’s most recent book, Cairn, blends new poems with selections from previous volumes. She was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist and she served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. Shumaker is the author of eight books of poetry. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA at PLU. She serves on the Advisory Board for Storyknife, and on the board of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. Shumaker is contributing editor for Alaska Quarterly Review and poetry editor for Persimmon Tree. She edits the Boreal Books series and the Alaska Literary Series.