Eowyn Ivey on Alaska: ‘I was told never to run from a charging bear. Yet I did just that’

The sparsely populated US state’s austere beauty is a magnet for creative and independently minded people, says the Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer of The Snow Child

We come from the land of ice and snow: what real Alaskans look like – in pictures

For the past few years, photographer Nathaniel Wilder has travelled the northernmost state to document the lives of Alaskans – from Anchorage to tiny communities way up north past the last frontier