Julie Buckles is the author of Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada, a memoir about the time Buckles and her husband paddled 1,700 miles to northern Wisconsin, then stayed the winter chasing caribou, snowshoeing, hanging with locals, and watching the northern lights.
Julie lives in Wisconsin, near Lake Superior, with her husband, two children, and a recreational kennel of Siberian huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. With twenty years of reporting experience, Buckles teaches writing and journalism at Northland College in Ashland. She is a regular contributor to WPR’s Wisconsin Life.
She continues to paddle each summer with her family, from the Marias River in Montana to the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan, and the Boundary Waters and the Quetico in between.
Published in 2013, Paddling to Winter was short listed for several awards including the Foreword Book of the Year in adventure, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.