Cathryn Klusmeier is a writer, artist, medical anthropologist, and commercial salmon fisherwoman living and working in Sitka, Alaska. Recently, Cathryn graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology, but her roots go back to Walla Walla, WA and Whitman College, where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Humanities. Her work revolves around the links between wilderness, resilience, and health—both human and ecological. She has worked as a documentary film editor on projects surrounding climate change and resilience such as the “The Beaver Believers”—a story about climate change, beavers, and the growing aridity of the American West. That film is currently a finalist for the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival.
She is the winner of the MIT Media Lab’s 2018 Resisting Reduction Essay Competition with her essay on the “Fluid Boundaries of Non-Communicable Disease.”
In 2017 her essay “Crucifixions” was included in the Best American Essays list of notable essays and won the “Crazyhorse” 2016 creative nonfiction prize. She is a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize and Narrative Magazine’s “30 under 30” prize.”
Currently, she is at work on a literary nonfiction book weaving together her years working as a female deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska.
Cathryn spends a lot of her time trail running, hiking, and fishing in Alaska. She likes picking blueberries, a good pen collection, and hiking the Tongass National Forest.