Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration.
Hollowell earned her MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. She received the Rona Jaffe Scholarship in poetry for the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship by the Rasmuson Foundation and a Connie Boochever Award by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Awards in 2014. She was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Willapa Bay Artist in Residency Program in 2014. In 2017, she was awarded a second Rasmuson Fellowship to work on her third book.
Currently, Hollowell is the executive director of the Storyknife Writers Residency, a residency for women writers being developed outside of Homer, Alaska. She is on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference and the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA Program. Her work has most recently been published in Talking Rivers, Rust + Moth, Alaska Quarterly Review, Weber Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, Sugar House Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Pause, Traveler, her first book-length collection, was released in 2013 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her second collection Every Atom was released from the same press in 2018. Her chapbook, Boundaries, was published in January 2018 by Dancing Girl Press.