Artist Bios

Vera Starbard

Vera Starbard

(Bio as of June 2022)

Vera Starbard, Dramaturg (she/her) T’set Kwei yóo x̱at duwasáakw. Vera Starbard áyá ax̱ saayí. Dleit ḵáa x̱’éináx̱ Vera Marlene Bedard yóo x̱at duwasáakw. Teeyneidi naax̱ x̱at sitee. T’akdeintaan yádi. Wooshkeetaan dachx̱án. Dena’ina dachx̱án.Takjik’ ḵwáan
áwé uháan. Shaan Seetxʼ x̱at ḵuwdiztee. Dgheyaytnux’ ḵux̱aa.óo. 
Vera Starbard, T’set Kwei, is a Tlingit and Dena’ina writer and editor. Her mother is of the Teeyeineidi clan and her father is T’akdeintaan. Vera is Playwright-in-Residence at Perseverance Theatre
through the Andrew W. Mellon National Playwright Residency Program and Editor
of First Alaskans Magazine. Vera is also a writer for the PBS Kids animated children’s program Molly of Denali, which won a Peabody Award in 2020. Vera currently lives with her husband Joe Bedard (Inupiaq/Yup’ik/Cree) on the Dena'ina land around Dgheyaytnu - colonially called Anchorage, Alaska. www.verastarbard.com