What goes on at...The Arctic Circle

Original article published in Voice Magazine, by Emily Steer. The Arctic Circle takes artists and scientists to one of the most remote, extreme places on earth, to create, collaborate and 'seek truth'. Voice discussed this creative joy with Director, Aaron T. O'Connor. "A group of artists and scientists working together in a remote part of our world and faced with conditions that only the Arctic can provide creates a common goal and sense of purpose." What happens at The…


Above the Ice

Original article published in The Paris Review, by Colin Dickey. Grief and Adventure on the Path to the North Pole.For two weeks in the summer of 2013, I traveled around the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard as part of The Arctic Circle Residency, proceeding up the west coast of the main island, Spitsbergen, and making landfall at tiny settlements and untrammeled beaches at the edge of the known world. At one point, our course took us into a small fjord where we sailed past an abandoned mining town called Blomstrandhalvoya; a research station, Ny-Ålesund, on the opposite shore; and, farther…