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Derek Chivers
Derek Chivers is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Adult
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Derek Chivers
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DEREK CHIVERS was born and raised on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. He spent a wild childhood wandering through woods where winter winds drifted snow deeper than he was tall, and the midnight sun stretched summer days and stories to extremes. Now he shares his life’s adventures with his wife and daughters; he can still trek through tracts of trees tucked between snowcapped summits, or choose to lose himself instead between the covers of his favorite authors’ stories.

An alumnus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Derek received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, wrote opinion for the campus newspaper The Northern Light, and was published several times in the annual undergraduate fiction showcase Understory. He is a founding member of Anchorage writing collective The Life Partners, and an infrequent contributor to their Tumblr, which features fresh fiction Mondays and Wednesdays. Derek’s creative nonfiction “Gunshots on Dogfish” took top prize in a statewide writing competition and was published in F Magazine. He is represented by Becky LeJeune of Bond Literary Agency.

Favorite Books

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Redshirts, by John Scalzi
The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King (The Dark Tower series)
Dead Beat, by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files series)
Nemesis Games, by James S.A. Corey (The Expanse series)

Years Mentored