Cathryn Klusmeier is an award-winning writer, artist, medical anthropologist, and commercial salmon fisherwoman living and working in Sitka, Alaska. She the winner of the 2016 Crazyhorse creative nonfiction prize with her essay “Crucifixions ” and her work was listed in 2016 Best American Essays list of notable essays. She was a semi-finalist for the Southampton Review’s Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, a finalist for Narrative Magazine’s “30 under 30” contest, and was honorable mention in the 2018 Hunger Mountain creative nonfiction prize.

She is the winner of the MIT Media Lab’s 2018 Resisting Reduction Essay Competition with her essay, “The Fluid Boundaries of Non-Communicable Disease.” That essay will be featured an upcoming book titled, Resisting Reduction: Designing our Complex Future with Machines, published by the MIT Press in late 2019.


A graduate from the University of Oxford with a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology, her work revolves around the links between wilderness, resilience, and health—both human and ecological. She worked as a documentary film editor on projects surrounding climate change and resilience such as the “The Beaver Believers:”a story about water, beavers, and the growing aridity of the American West. That film was a finalist for the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Currently, she is at work on a memoir weaving together her years working as a female deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska. She spends a lot of her time trail running, hiking, and fishing in Alaska.

email: cathrynklusmeier@gmail.com