John Straley grew up in Seattle, Washington, earning a BA in English from the University of Washington before becoming a criminal defense investigator in Sitka, Alaska. An essayist and poet, Straley is best known as a writer of detective fiction. Drawing inspiration from Alaskan history and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, his fiction and poetry emphasize personal narratives and local landscapes. His novels include The Woman Who Married a Bear (1992) and The Music of What Happens (1996). He was the Alaska State Writer Laureate from 2006 to 2008.
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"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."