Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams

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Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.  E. L. Doctorow I hate driving at night. Give me daylight, sunshine. Let me see where I’m headed. But that’s not the province of a writer. Whenever I’m in the final throes of … Read More

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

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Fairbanks Arts Association (Fairbanks, AK), in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book (Anchorage, AK), have announced that the featured selection for the 2017-2018 statewide Alaska Reads program is Steam Laundry, by Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. The initiative began in 2015 … Read More

AQR @35 | Chutzpah and Energy, by Heather Lende

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Louise Erdrich told a small group of Alaskan writers gathered at Tutka Bay Lodge outside of Homer a month ago that poetry is lightning and prose is rain. She also said that our survival as a species may just depend on telling stories. It’s in our DNA. I read the other day that literature is being taught in prisons because … Read More

Literary Roundup | October 27-November 9, 2017

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Thanks to the 27 folks who turned out this week to Nancy Lord’s Reading & Craft Talk Series event in Anchorage, and to Indigo Tea Lounge for staying open after hours to host this series! Congrats to author and 49 Writers supporter Debbie Moderow, a WILLA Literary Award winner in Creative Non-Fiction for Fast Into the Night!    SOUTHCENTRAL ANCHORAGE … Read More

AQR @35 | A National Beacon, by Elizabeth Bradfield

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A NATIONAL BEACON: AQR @ 35 I first submitted poems to Alaska Quarterly Review in August, 2001 – almost exactly a year before I moved from Cape Cod to Anchorage to begin the MFA program there. Amazingly, editor Ron Spatz took “The Oarfish.”  It was one of the first five poems I’d had accepted for publication in a national literary magazine.  I … Read More

Lois Paige Simenson | Do or Do Not

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A friend asked recently if I’d written a screenplay to submit to the Anchorage International Film Festival. And did I know the deadline was a week away? “No,” I said, “It’s a month away.” “Uh-uh,” she said, “One week.” After I screamed no-o-o-o-o-o, I thought long and hard. Do I want to wait yet another year to submit? No, a … Read More

Deb Vanasse | What’s Your Misbelief?

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One thing that can be easily said about writing—there’s no shortage of resources to help writers hone their craft. In general, that’s a good thing. But this abundance also adds to confusion as writers try out different rules and formulae, determining in one way or another that there are “have-tos” involved in this enterprise. There’s your archetypal approach—hero, mentor, guardian, … Read More

Stephen Oliver | Still Breathing

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“Still Breathing”, a poem written by the Australasian poet Stephen Oliver, commemorates Derick Burleson, the Alaskan poet who died on December 29, 2016. Oliver reads the poem in this video presentation. “Still Breathing” was first read at Derick’s memorial by his spouse, Nicole Sprague, on April 1, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. You can also read Derick Burleson’s obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner here. Stephen … Read More