Our new series, Active Voice: Writers Respond, asks Alaska writers to explore how current events and issues are shaping their work and their perspective on the state of our democratic values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty. The series consists of 1) a blog series and 2) in-person events featuring local and visiting writers. The specific ideas of individual writers in this forum are not necessarily espoused by 49 Writers. Rather, we espouse the inherent worth of respectful expression, discussion, and debate.

The most important role in this new Active Voice project is yours: we want to hear from you. Do you like a post, or disagree with it? Do you see a point the author missed? Or do you want to turn one of their points on its head? Comment directly on blog posts, submit your own thoughts to cmboyle@gmail.com with “Active Voice” entered in the subject line, and consider participating in an event in your community.

Charles Boyle, Active Voice Blog Editor


Check out the initial announcement by Active Voice Blog Editor, Charles Boyle, and consider submitting a post.

Author Kathleen Dean Moore (R) read from and discussed her novel, Piano Tide, and Libby Roderick (L) performed her music and discussed songwriting in this 49 Writers event in Anchorage, February 6, 2017. They also led an informal conversation about what the planetary emergencies – global warming, extinction, social and environmental injustice, and more – ask of us a writers and artists.