| by Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes

Pacific Standard published a Q&A between Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Elisabeth Stokes and writer Blair Braverman ’11. The two Alaskan writers talked “landscape, identity, survival, and the problem with the term alpha male,” in the Nov. 14 piece. Following the release of Braverman’s Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, a coming-of-age memoir set in the Arctic, Stokes asks about Braverman’s experience pushing into territory typically reserved for stories that are “generally white and male.” Braverman answers: “A book by a woman about her experiences is going to be ‘about’ gender in a way that a man’s book is not considered to be about gender even though that’s always there.”