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My name is Madara Mason and I’m a lecturer for the UAF English Department and eCampus and Distance Education.   My day-job is as the Innovation Development Coordinator for UAF eCampus, which means that I train faculty to become better teachers and innovators. But I mostly think of myself as a painter and a writer.   I was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Alaska in 1994.   I received my Master of Arts in Literature from UAF in 2007, and I’ve been teaching ever since.   I have two kids, two cats, and one tarantula.   Along with teaching English, I have a few other things on my plate:



I have lots of experience with Adobe CS5 software, especially Photoshop.   Some of my experience I gained by trying to prank my friends by putting their heads atop various superheroes.   But I’ve also designed a number of the covers for the UAF literary journal, Permafrost as well as the covers for the Midnight Sun Chapbook series, also published by the UAF English Department.


I write a monthly food column in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and also write and publish a food blog called The Tart Little Piggy.   I’ve done a few book reviews for an Australian literary journal called Antipodes, and a restaurant review for an online Alaskan newspaper called the Alaska Dispatch. The News-Miner recently did a Spotlight story on the Tart Little Piggy.


I studied with a portrait artist as a teenager, and I’ve been painting since then.   My work can be found in galleries throughout Alaska.   My work was featured as the AlaskaOne poster in 2009.   The University of Alaska Museum of the North has one of my paintings in their collection, paid for with a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.