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Astra Lincoln is a writer working at the intersection of people, power and place. She likes essays best. Her work has taken her to the Alaskan arctic, the Colombian Andres, and across the intermountain west. Sometimes, she teaches creative writing courses. She has taught and facilitated workshops while ski-traversing the Juneau Icefield, in an assisted living facility, on bike rides, to people experiencing dementia, and on the side of a mountain in the Canadian Rocky Mountains only accessible by helicopter. She will occasionally also teach in classrooms.


In 2022, Astra won the Banff Mountain Book Competition’s ‘Best Essay’ award. Her work has also been nominated for the Society for Environmental Journalist’s ‘Best Feature’ prize and for inclusion in the Best American Essays anthology. Several of her pieces have been included in ‘Best of the Year’ lists. 


A graduate of the Banff Centre’s Mountain and Wilderness Writing residency program, Astra’s work has been supported by the Freeflow Institute, the American Alpine Club, and other organizations. 


Astra is currently writing her first book, a researched memoir about identity formation and truth-telling in the wake of a catastrophic brain injury. In 2024, she was awarded an Oregon Humanities Community Storytelling Fellowship in support of this work.

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