News & Reviews

"Completely unforgettable...editor's recommendation." - Barnes and Noble

Polson is a veteran of TV, radio and print, and has appeared on KOMO news (an ABC affiliate), KING5 (an NBC affiliate), WORD FM, Lit New England, as well as many others. Find a selection of coverage below.


"At least three books in one...with all the internal drama and informative digressions of a John McPhee narrative...vividly descriptive...masterful...a must read." North of Hope on Northern Passages, April 2014

"Riveting story...brims with hope." North of Hope in the Yakima Herald, November 21, 2013

"Memoir and the Wild," NW Booklovers, October 2013

"Authors, readers bring books and ideas to Mazama," Methow Valley News Online, September 2013

"One of those books you never forget...brilliant imagery...crystal clear vision. We don't want to pull away." Fairbanks Daily News Miner, August 2013

North of Hope offers "breathtaking imagery that captures an Arctic beauty that helps melt a heart frozen by grief."  –Publisher's Weekly

North of Hope is number 1 non-fiction bestseller, May 2013 –Seattle Times

"Polson's narration is violently beautiful, from capturing the wild splendor of Arctic Alaska to asking questions required by pain...a memoir with more heartbreaking beauty...than most of us could experience in a lifetime." –Laura Turner, CT

"If you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, then you will love North of Hope. Polson does for Alaska’s Arctic what Strayed did for the Pacific Crest Trail." –Bookmagnet

"Polson’s highly personal narrative is engaging, partially because of its creative structure... juxtapositions—expressive and simple—communicate both profound longing for a mutable past and the recognition that hindsight, in this case, is futile... Polson’s journey is an odyssey, not least because it carries the idea of a return. In fact, nature, religion, and ancient traditions play such an important role in the narrative because they are either symbols or means of establishing the continuity that Polson craves." –Brooklyn Rail, May 2013

"North of Hope is populated with wolves and whales, fathers and daughters, anguish and grace. And her world made tangible in this book—even her pain—is worth entering. The discovery she makes, that perhaps no place is out of the reach of hope, is a gift to us all." –IMAGE Journal update


Polson has been featured on a number of radio shows. Here is her favorite of the recent interviews. 

Veterans Artist Podcast, summer 2015

Lit New England  May 20, 2013

Funempoyment Radio, April 2014. Listen at 35:00-45:00.