Beyond Mile Zero receives a silver IPPY award for travel essay

Pleased as punch to announce that Beyond Mile Zero, the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (Lost Moose / Harbour Publishing) won a 2018 silver IPPY Award in the Travel Essay category.

An IPPY is ‘The world’s leading book award recognizing quality, independently published books.’

There’s a medal, an award ceremony in New York, you know the unusually fun stuff.

Honoured to be included in this fine list of winners.

Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly Honoured with Heritage Award

Mark and I are honoured to be selected as the recipients of the Yukon Historical Museums Associations’ Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award for 2017. I accepted the award for us at the Yukon Heritage Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. Unfortunately, Mark was travelling and unable to join me at the ceremony. It was a wonderful evening that recognized the work of some exceptional Yukoners dedicated to preserving culture and heritage.

2017 Yukon Heritage Awards presented at the Yukon Archives on February 19, 2018, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Upcoming Readings

Prairie morning

Date: 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at Baked Cafe, Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
Details: I’ll be reading poetry in support of visiting poet Chrys Salt

Date: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Atlin Lit Up literary festival (part of the Atlin Arts and Music Festival)
Details: “Level Up With Collabortaion” a presentation with photographer Mark Kelly

Heading to Nevada

Great news! I’ve received funding from Access Copyright through the Marian Hebb Research Grant to support further research for the biography of Helen Foster, American geologist and unstoppable nonagenarian. I’ve been conducting interviews with Helen for the last few months via Skype and thanks to this funding, I’ll be able to travel to Nevada to interview her. It will be wonderful to meet Helen in person and go over her personal archive. This is a fantastic opportunity.