Trying things That Scare Me


Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

When I move to the Yukon I begin fishing again for the first time since I was a girl. I buy a cheap rod and spend my time casting into whatever lake my friends are going to. My first catch is a pike that makes me feel uneasy, yet empowered, as I... more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: courtesy Joslyn Kilborn

On a Monday evening I ring the doorbell to the Arts Underground studio. No one answers. As I wait I begin to feel nervous and awkward. Have I come to the wrong place? I double-check the instructions. A moment later a truck pulls up and a woman... more

May 21, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts


Issue: 2015-04-30 PHOTO: courtesy Joslyn Kilborn

Compared to what I did last time (playing my banjo and singing in front of a rowdy bar crowd) the prospect of reading poetry to a calm, literary audience does not feel very scary. And yet, though I’ve been writing poetry for most of my life and... more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 AM Literature


Issue: 2015-04-16 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

Two weeks before my open mic appearance, I begin learning my first song on the banjo. Although it’s far from my first choice, I settle on a song that meets my basic skill level: “Old Joe Clark”, one of those traditional folk songs that repeats... more

Apr 16, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music


Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Joslyn Kilborn

Hi, I’m Joslyn, and I’m afraid of…painting. More specifically, I’m afraid of looking silly because I’m bad at painting in front of those who are good at it. And so, though I have long longed to walk up to an easel and express myself all over it,... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts