Late poet Burn Thompson’s arrival in Juneau could hardly be described as auspicious.
Soon after she got off the ferry in the late 1980s, the Virginia native was robbed of most of her belongings while staying at a local hotel. With no connections to draw on, she found herself homeless and spent the next year at the Glory Hole and Thane Campground. At the campground, she was robbed again.
Still, she stayed, despite the added hardship and physical challenge of living with cerebral palsy. And over the next 25 years she found a way to flourish.