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Blair Braverman

Muse 2010-2011

Blair Braverman is a long-distance dogsled racer and the author of her memoir Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Reflecting on her experiences in arctic life and bobsledding, Outside magazine called her book “a new classic” and the New York Times touted it as, “courageous and original as both a travel narrative and a memoir of self-discovery.”

As a teenager, Blair moved from California to the Norwegian arctic to become a dogsledder, and worked as a dogsled guide in Alaska before her freshman year. At Colby, Blair was very engaged in her environmental studies and creative writing. Although she put her mushing on hold during school, she missed it, and got her first six huskies after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa. She now lives on a farm in northern Wisconsin with her fiancé and nineteen Alaskan huskies. Blair hopes to qualify for the 1100-mile Iditarod dogsled race in 2019 and is currently raising her first (well, her dog Pepe’s first) litter of puppies.

[“This summer, readers have their pick of female narrators traversing both internal and external terrain. But few stand out as much as Blair Braverman’s Arctic memoir,” – Outside Magazine on Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube](blocked)

In addition to dogsledding, Blair has written essays and journalism for multiple anthologies, as well as This American Life, Orion, The Atavist, The Guardian, and elsewhere. She is currently starting research for a new book about apocalypse preppers.