about Summer Koester

Author, performing artist, wife to a third-generation Alaskan fisherman, and mother to two imaginative misfits, Summer also teaches Spanish in the wet and wild of Juneau, Alaska. 

After two decades of living, working, and studying in other cultures, Summer finally put roots down so she could raise up other saplings. Yet the journey is far from over. 

Summer is passionate about telling her story through writing, music, dance, and theater. Living in Juneau, Alaska, her work is inspired by her children, the natural world, traditional art, and wisdom of the Native Alaskan Tlingit peoples. As Spanish teacher with a background in anthropology, Summer writes stories, poems, and songs that touch on culture, parenthood, nature, and the human psyche.

Summer’s writing often serves as a vehicle for social activism, with an emphasis on education and immigrants’ rights. She enjoys telling stories and venturing to new worlds as dancer and choreographer of Daughters of the New Moon belly dance troupe and actor with various theaters in Juneau. Summer has also been known to write and perform a few songs on her guitar.