Seth Kantner is a writer and a photographer, born and raised in the wilderness of northern Alaska. His photography and writing reflect his love for the land, and the animals who live on it and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. He was schooled at home and on the land, and later attended the University of Montana and received a BA in Journalism. He has worked as a trapper, fisherman, gardener, mechanic, igloo builder and adjunct professor. His writings and photographs have appeared in Outside, Alaska, Reader's Digest, Alaska Geographic, Prairie Schooner, the New York Times, and in literary journals and anthologies. He has been a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and Orion magazine.
He is a two time Whiting Award winner in Fiction and Creative Non-fiction, a Milkweed National Fiction Prize winner, a finalist for the International Dublin Literary award and his debut novel Ordinary Wolves won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Fiction. He followed it with a memoir, Shopping for Porcupine, a children's book, Pup and Pokey and a collection of essays, Swallowed by the Great Land.
In 2004 his debut novel Ordinary Wolves was released to literary acclaim. Publisher's Weekly called it, "A tour de force." The Los Angeles Times named the book, "A rare thing of beauty." The novel won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and Kantner received a Whiting Award naming him one of the nation's top ten emerging writers. Kantner was nominated in 2006 for the position of Alaska State Writer Laureate, which he turned down to pursue work on Shopping for Porcupine.
Photographic Gear - Seth Kantner uses a Nikon D800. His lenses include: Nikon 80-200 f2.8, 35-70 f2.8, 17-35 f2.8, 24 f2.8, 300 f4, 60 Micro, 500 f4, 1.4 teleconverter, 80-400 f4.5-5.6 VR. He shoots digital images exclusively.
He is currently working on two books that will be released whenever he finishes them. He lives in various places in Northwest Alaska.