Buckwheat Donahue is the founder of the North Words Writers Symposium. He lived in Skagway year-round from 1984 to 2018 and tries to return every year for North Words. He grew up in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. He walked from Miami, Florida to Whitehorse in the Yukon and then paddled down the Yukon River to Kotlik on the Bering. The journey was a fund raiser for the Skagway Clinic.

His love for his part of the world is un-wavering. Though not a writer himself, he does find great enjoyment in reading. He was the Municipality of Skagway’s Tourism Director from the end of the last century until 2015, and also was the founder of the Buckwheat Ski Classic, a cross-country ski race held here annually on the fourth Saturday in March.

When in his presence, you are encouraged to HOWL!

Buckwheat Website