Books, articles, and essays
by Shannon Huffman Polson



Books, articles, and essays
by Shannon Huffman Polson

Other Books written by Shannon Polson

Other Writing

Business and Leadership

The Most Important Trait for 2021, Psychology Today

“I was one of the first female fighter helicopter pilots in the US Army. Here's the technique I used to stay motivated while waiting for an assignment.”, Business Insider

“Opinion: What you can learn from two prisoners of war about coping with the coronavirus pandemic’s challenges”, Market Watch

“This Military Mom’s ‘Grit’ Exercise Is Key to Surviving the Pandemic”, Working Mother

“Celebrate Service, Not a Uniform, This Veterans Day | Opinion”, Newsweek

“Grit: Going Back to the Foundation”, Psychology Today

“Exercising Grit in Challenging Times”, Wiley Online Library

“New Rules for Old Opinions?”, Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute

“Three Things You Must Do To Get Diversity Right”, Forbes

“Nine Things New Leaders Need to Know”, Huffington Post

“How Putting People First Strengthens Your Team”, Huffington Post



“A Grisly Death in Alaska”, High Country News

“Snow Bound”, Seattle Magazine

“Wolves of Denali” , “Lands on Fire," Alaska Magazine


Short Story

“Brown Bird”, included in The Road Ahead, a veterans anthology


Personal Essay and Blog

“Some/One”, River Teeth Journal

“The Log Cabin,” Trachadon Magazine

“An Encounter”, Adventum Magazine

“Naked: A Triptych”, The Utne Reader (republished from Ruminate Magazine)

Good Letters Contributions, Image Magazine on Patheos

"Holding Breath," Peaudunque Review, Honorable Mention 2022 Words and Music contest

"There is Smoke in Brooklyn," Tahoma Literary Review, Spring 2023

"A Boy's Cut," finalist Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award, The Iowa Review, fall 2023



"On a Street in Aleppo", Emerge Magazine

“Hover," War, Literature and the Arts (fall 2022)

On Orthodox Easter in MariupolWrathbearing Tree (fall 2022)

After the Bombs Fall, Sky Island Journal, Fall 2022

Issues - Sky Island Journal Fall 2022, Podcast conversation about After the Bombs Fell

"October Morning in the Vercors," October Hill Magazine, Winter 2023

North of Hope

A Daughter’s Arctic Journey

When her parents arekilled by a grizzly bear in Alaska’s remote Arctic, author Shannon Huffman Polson is forced into a wilderness of grief. Her quest for healing is recounted with heartbreaking candor in North of Hope.

Polson travels from her home in Seattle to the wilderness of Alaska, where she retraces her father and stepmother’s final days along an Arctic river, effortlessly weaving together the internal landscape of grief with the exterior landscape of the Arctic, elegantly entwining natural history, adventure and sacred pilgrimage while she wrestles with and draws strength from her faith and memories.


The Way the Wild Gets Inside

Field Notes from Alaska

Author and native Alaskan Shannon Huffman Polson brings you essays about wild Alaska and the beautiful and charged relationship between humans
and the wild. She considers an encounter with a grizzly bear in Alaska’s
far northern Arctic, taking care of a log cabin in Denali, an encounter with

an Arctic wolf, and other experiences of her home state, with the same lyric beauty and probing intensity offered in her memoir North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey.


The Road Ahead

Fiction from the Forever War

This collection of stories from veterans who have served as part of "The Forever War" includes Polson's "Brown Bird," her first published fiction.
These masterfully crafted stories from writers who have served reflect the entire breadth of human emotion–loss, anger, joy, love, fear, and courage—and the evolving nature of what has become America's "Forever War." This exceptional collection promises to be the definitive fictional look at the aftereffects of the Iraq and Afghan Wars and will resonate with the reader long after the final page.


The Little Book of Grit

Quotes from leaders across the military branches on leadership and grit guaranteed to inspire and encourage your own journey of grit!

A synthesis of these lessons learned and stories will be published in late 2019 by Harvard Business Review Press, titled The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Profession in the World. It is my hope that this small book will inspire you and others in your pursuits before, during and after The Grit Factor is published.


Shannon Huffman Polson energizes audiences around the world and equips them for cultural transformation!

As one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army, leading line units on three continents, Polson combines her passion and firsthand experience in and study of leadership and grit to deliver world-class keynotes and training to companies and organizations on leadership and grit. 

Energize and equip your organization with stories and lessons from the cockpit and the boardroom from someone with a track record of leadership excellence: keynote speaker, author, and veteran attack helicopter pilot Shannon Huffman Polson.