• Michael Gates


  • Keith Halliday

    Young Adult fiction

  • Lillian Nakamura Maguire

    Playwright, Storyteller

  • Joanna Lilley

    Poetry, novel, short story

  • Al Pope

    Columnist, playwright

  • Julie Cruikshank

    Anthropologist, Author

  • Amy Kenny

    Journalism, poetry

  • Sally Lee Baker

    Children’s fiction, Storyteller

  • Eva Holland

    Whitehorse based versatile writer

  • Bob Hayes

    Novelist, biologist

  • Roy Ness

    Playwright, novelist

  • Helene Dobrowolsky


  • Lori Fox

    Writer, Journalist, Storyteller

  • Patti Flather

    Playwright, Author

  • Nicole Bauberger

    Painter, mixed-media, writer

  • Sydney Oland

    Fine food creator, blogger

  • Ivan Coyote

    Storyteller, Author

  • Lily Gontard

    Author, Filmmaker

  • John Firth

    History Buff

  • Peter Steele

    Travel writer, biographer

  • Miche Genest

    Fine food writer

  • Kathy Munro

    Poetry, Haiku

  • Peter Jickling

    Playwright, columnist

  • Tara Borin

    Poet, author

  • Fawn Fritzen

    Multilingual singer, songwriter and storyteller

Michael Gates

Long time Dawsonite Michael Gates has worked in the cultural resource field in the Yukon for more than 40 years. He was the curator of collections for Parks Canada in Dawson City for 20 of them. He has written numerous technical papers on museology and cultural resource management, hundreds of articles and three books on Yukon history.

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Keith Halliday

Keith Halliday is a Whitehorse-based management consultant and author. 

He is the author of the MacBride Museum Yukon Kids Series of historical youth adventure novels, which were inspired by tales he heard around woodstove from his pioneering grandparents. 

His latest book, The Tar Sands Diplomat, is inspired by his time as a Canadian diplomat in Brussels. 

Lillian Nakamura Maguire

Lillian Nakamura Maguire is a second-generation Japanese Canadian, new playwright living and retired in the countryside near Whitehorse, Yukon.  Her first play, Hidden Memories was accepted by Ruby Slippers Theatre “Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women” for reading at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, in partnership with the Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre. She received a National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund grant in 2016 to assist in the development of the play.

Throughout her career as an adult educator, facilitator and community activist she has used stories in her work in human rights education, elder abuse prevention and intercultural relations. She has written and produced short digital stories on these themes and her family history. She is a founding member of the Hidden Histories Society Yukon, a volunteer group doing research, producing displays and sponsoring educational activities mainly related to Asian and Black history of the Yukon. She also enjoys writing short stories, memoir and haiku. 

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Joanna Lilley

Joanna is from the UK and now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, where she’s currently helping to set up a new Yukon Words society. She is grateful to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council on whose Traditional Territories she resides. She’s also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna’s poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry.  

Joanna Lilley’s fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, was published by Turnstone Press in March 2020.

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Al Pope

Al Pope was born in Scotland, and emigrated to Canada at the age of 12. After spending his teenage years in southern Ontario, he moved to the Yukon when he was 21. There Al developed an obsession with dog sledding, winning two provincial championships with a team he raised himself, and built a cabin home for his wife and three children 30 miles south of Whitehorse.

He has written for stage, print, and radio. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. His reading series Four Seasons North of 60 aired on CBC’s Richardson’s Roundup. His novel, Bad Latitudes, was published in 2004.  His column, Nordicity, appeared weekly in the Yukon News for 20 years, until 2014. Al’s latest work, The Boreal Curmudgeon, is a selection of his columns, ilustrated by Heidi Marion.

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Julie Cruikshank

Julie Cruikshank is a Canadian anthropologist known for her research collaboration with Indigenous peoples of the Yukon.[1] She is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She has lived and worked for over a decade in the Yukon Territory, creating an oral history of the region, through her work with people including Angela SidneyKitty Smith, and Annie Ned

Her work helps Yukon First Nations recognize and honour the strengths of their cultural traditions and achieve a full understanding of their identity and place in the world.

Amy Kenny

Amy Kenny is a Whitehorse-based writer. Her articles have been published by National Geographic Book Publishing, Hazlitt, Vice, Walrus, Up Here, Canadian Geographic, Explore, The Hamilton Spectator and Yukon News. In 2016, she was named journalist of the year at the Ontario Newspaper Awards.

Her fiction, reviews and poetry have appeared in Room MagazineThe Antigonish ReviewThe MaynardPrismThe Humber Literary Review, Monday and Time and Place. She graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2004. She completed the Humber School for Writers program in creative writing by correspondence, where she was mentored by David Adams Richards, and she has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.

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Sally Lee Baker

Faro resident Sally Lee Baker, storyteller, author and illustrator wrote her first tongue twisters for kids using the letter “B” in a Writing for Juveniles class in college. After marrying, raising two girls and then reading to grandchildren, she was inspired to write alliterative stories using each letter of the alphabet.

She has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children’s Fiction Category for her books, “Toni Tanager” and “Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture”.

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Eva Holland

Eva is a multi-faceted freelance writer based in Whitehorse – travel writing, sports writing, movie reviews, grant writing, copy writing, blogging. You can find her stories in Outside, WIRED, Pacific Standard, Bloomberg Businessweek, AFAR, Grantland, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Hakai, Hazlitt, and many more outlets in print and online.
These days, she focuses more on narrative nonfiction in its various forms: personal essays, reported features, and all the shades in between. Her latest book Nerve: Adventure in the Science of Fair was released in Aprill 2020.
You can read about it in Rolling Stone, among many others!

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Bob Hayes

Haines Juction resident Bob Hayes landed in the Yukon wilderness in 1976 and spent a career studying ducks, falcons, moose, caribou, mountain sheep and wolves.

After retiring as Yukon wolf biologist, he wrote Wolves of the Yukon that won acclaim for the easy, non-science writing style. The book was translated into German, and sold out its first printing. He is a believer in quality independent-publishing, recognizing that working with a hand-picked team of talented editors, family and friends is the most rewarding element of publishing.  

Zhòh: The Clan of the Wolf, is his first novel. The Spirit of the Wolf, is Book 2 in the series.

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Roy Ness

Writer, actor and commentator on stage, radio and film, Roy Ness lives near Whitehorse, and keeps busy growing things and riding his horses. He has written for the stage and released a novel, Rutting Season, that raises challenging questions about the balance between hunting for sport and hunting for survival.

Helene Dobrowolsky

Helene Dobrowolsky is a historian and an author based in Whitehorse, where she has operated a heritage consulting business with her partner, Rob Ingram, since 1988. Their many projects have included research, planning, writing, exhibit development, and interpretation. 

Lori Fox

Lori Fox is a writer and journalist based in Whitehorse, although they travel frequently and would be hard pressed to tell you exactly where they plan on being tomorrow. They live off-grid a good portion of the time with their trusty bush-dog-cum-news hound, Herman.

Their essays and reporting are featured frequently in Vice Canada, but have also appeared in The Guardian, The Narwhal, Yukon News, The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. They write about Northern and environmental issues, queer rights, literature, culture and feminism. They also writes an inordinate amount about bears.

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Patti Flather

Patti Flather is an award-winning playwright, dramaturge, director, and writer. A scene from Paradise is featured in Refractions: Scenes with Playwrights Canada Press. Patti is co-founder and former Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage.

Her fiction has appeared in various literary journals; her fiction collection Such A Lovely Afternoon is forthcoming in 2021. Patti is a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and a past winner of Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. Patti grew up in North Vancouver, but now lives in Whitehorse.

Nicole Bauberger

Nicole Bauberger’s art practice is mainly project-based. It depends what she sets out to do, what vision she is following. Finely honed skill in oil painting, begun over a 5-year apprenticeship stint in the 90’s, roots her artwork, but depending on what the moment calls for, she will use encaustic, acrylic, clay, teabags, puppets, research or songs on the ukulele, and writing.
Nicole is just as passionate writing about the arts.

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Sydney Oland

I regularly contribute a variety of seasonal recipes to the Boston Globe Food Section. I’ve written a few weekly columns for SeriousEats in the past – mostly brunch, supper and British recipes. Lately you can find my recipes popping up in What’s Up Yukon. And there’s usually a freelance client or two coming and going.

Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of twelve books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last twenty-five years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Australia.

Lily Gontard

Lily Gontard is a settler writer grateful to be living in the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in magazines such as Geist, The Puritan Magazine, and Up Here. She had a novel manuscript long-listed for the 2019 Guernica Price for Literary Fiction. Her book Beyond Mile Zero (Harbour Publishing, 2017) is a collaboration with Yukon photographer Mark Kelly that explores the vanishing Alaska Highway lodge community. 

Lily’s film and series projects in development include two documentary short films, a feature-length screenplay co-written with K. G. Green and two series co-written with Tonya Mallet.

John Firth

John was raised in Dawson City, Yukon, where the Klondike Gold Rush was his backyard. He worked as a journalist, sewer rat, heavy equipment operator, prospector, public relations director, theatre owner and financial planner before retiring to become a full-time writer.

John Firth is our own contemporary Yukon storyteller.  

Firth’s books profile a wide variety of subject matter from Racing the Ghosts of the Klondike Rush, to the one and only Jamaican dog sled entry in the 2009 Yukon Quest, and supported Ramesh Ferris in his “Better than a Cure” journey, when Ferris hand-cycled 7,000 kilometres across Canada.

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Peter Steele

Retired doctor and mountaineer Peter Steele was born in England. He lived and travelled in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Sahara before settling in Whitehorse, Yukon with his family in 1975. He has written several books on his travels, a medical guide for backcountry adventurers, and two biographies: Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond and The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid life of George Back, Franklin’s Lieutenant. His latest book encapsulates 50 years of stories and was published in 2020.
Read about it here

Miche Genest

I’m a writer and a cook living in Whitehorse and for years I’ve been putting those two preoccupations together.  One feeds the other. One saves me from the other. Writer’s block? Pas de problème, I will scurry to the kitchen. Kitchen failure? Oh well, at least I can write. Those two passions have intersected and cross-pollinated and resulted in several cookbooks and a regular column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine, as well as contributions for What’s Up Yukon.

Kathy Munro

Munro is originally from Vancouver, but has lived in the Yukon since 1991. She is membership secretary for Haiku Canada, a member of the League of Canadian Poets and is active in Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink. In 2014, she founded solstice haiku, a haiku discussion group in Whitehorse that she continues to facilitate. Munro has read her poetry, delivered workshops and made presentations at literary events in both Canada and the United States.

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Peter Jickling

Peter Jickling grew up in Whitehorse, and received an honours degree in philosophy from the University of Lethbridge in 2005. He became Associate Editor of Up Here Magazine in 2011. That same year, his first play, Syphilis: A Love Story, was produced in Whitehorse by Ramshackle Theatre and subsequently toured western Canada, winning Best Comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival. Later, he edited What’s Up Yukon, where he wrote a weekly column, “Jickling’s Jabberings.” In winter 2016 he went to Toronto to write. This resulted in Downtown Flirt.

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Tara Borin

Tara Borin’s chapbook manuscript Thick was a finalist for Quattro Books’ inaugural Best New Poets in Canada contest and is now available in Quattro’s Best New Poet’s anthology. Tara also has work forthcoming in the Resistance anthology, edited by Sue Goyette, from Coteau Books in 2020. Tara’s poems have been published in Prairie Fire, The Northern Review, The Maynard, Mom Egg Review, and elsewhere online.

A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online, Tara is working on a book-length manuscript about addiction, connection and working in a sub-arctic dive bar.

Born in 1983 in London, Ontario, Tara Borin now makes a home in Dawson City, in traditional Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in territory.

Fawn Fritzen

Fawn Fritzen is a singer, songwriter, pianist, accompanist, and vaudevillian. She makes her home in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her debut album, Bedroom Voice, was released in March 2013. Fawn is the leading lady for the Frantic Follies, vaudeville show. She sings in The Big Band, serves in the mentorship program of Yukon Women in Music (YWIM), parents her two young girls, and cooks gourmet gluten-free meals for her family. 

Oh ya, Fawn is also a writer and has written a few articles for us at What’s Up Yukon. And What’s Up Yukon has written a few stories about Fawn over the years…

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