Seth Kantner is a writer and a photographer, born and raised in 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's 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.
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. Since that time, he has had to incorporate national book tours and other publicity into a life previously focused on the land, sea, and daily weather conditions and movements of animals. Kantner was nominated in 2006 for the position of Alaska State Writer Laureate, which he turned down to pursue work on his newly released book, Shopping for Porcupine.
Photographic Gear - Seth Kantner uses a Nikon D2X, and a Nikon P3 point-and-shoot. 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 now shoots digital images almost exclusively, but still makes occasional use of an F100 film camera. Other equipment includes a Gitzo 1329 MK2 tripod, a Nikon 4000 Coolscan, and an Epson 2000p printer. He has never taken his SLR out of the Arctic or through any airline security and prefers to concentrate his artistic abilities on his home region of Alaska. He travels on foot, by boat and snowmobile using a Lowepro minitrekker and DryZone 200 camera bags and a Tundra tripod bag plus ziplock bags and caribou hides for further protection of his hard-earned equipment on rough country.