dg nanouk okpik was born in and spent much of her life in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended Salish Kootenai College, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. okpik has won the Truman Capote Literary Trust Award, the May Sarton Award, and an American Book Award for her first book, Corpse Whale. Her second book, Blood Snow, is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2022.
The poems in Corpse Whale are full of the richness of Inupiaq culture and myth, and the rhythms of Arctic life. Perhaps most importantly of all, they challenge the worldview that sets humans apart from the rest of the world.
—David Farrier, literary scholar, “Books on the Deep Future”
Fearless in her craft, okpik brings an experimental, yet poignant, hybrid aesthetic to her first book, making it truly one of a kind.
—University of Arizona Press
Okpik overlaps pronouns, times, places, and creatures to build a layered consciousness that delivers an invigorating read.
Audio/Videodg okpik reads excerpts from Corpse Whale at the SKC Arlee/Charlo Theatre Building: