Line of Driftwood: The Ada Blackjack Story

with Diane Glancy and Elizabeth Howard

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

6 p.m.


Proprietor Elizabeth Howard, host of the Short Fuse Podcast, will be in conversation with poet and writer Diane Glancy to talk about Ms. Glancy’s book A Line of Driftwood: The Ada Blackjack Story (Turtle Point Press, 2021).

In September 1921 a young Inupiat woman named Ada Blackjack traveled to Wrangel Island, 200 miles off the Arctic Coast of Siberia, as a cook and seamstress, along with four professional explorers. The expedition did not go as planned and when a rescue ship arrived in 1923 Ada Blackjack was the only survivor.

Diane Glancy discovered Blackjack’s diary in the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College and created a poetic narrative around her story.

Diane and Elizabeth will share photographs of the expedition, held in the Dartmouth archives, and reflect on the life of this woman who spent almost two years as a solitary individual in this barren environment.

To learn more about Diane Glancy, click here.


Author Diane Glancy (top right) photo by Jon Hargett Photography. Elizabeth Howard (bottom right)



For this free program, please send an email info@portsmouthathenaeum.org for the Zoom link.