Jeremy Pataky | Steam Ahead, Writers

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Thanksgiving’s just two days away. The calendar will flick that domino into the year’s remaining days, triggering the ol’ chain reaction. It would be easy to let time slip right by till the New Year ball drops. Don’t let it. On the cusp of the holidaze, I’m chiming in with a friendly reminder to take care of the writer in … Read More

Matthew Komatsu | Anything But Normal

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I’m not sure what the hell I was thinking when I applied to begin the MFA program at UAA in 2013, but I seemed to ignore the “creative” half of the “creative nonfiction” box when I indicated a genre focus. My idea of nonfiction was that one began at the chronological beginning, and concluded at the end of the events … Read More

Guest Blogger David Ramseur | Melting the Ice Curtain

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  Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier I can still see the smiling man with the movie star tan waving from the back seat of a white convertible as the crowd thundered: “Ken-a-DEE, Ken-a-DEE.” My mother had pulled me from first grade for my first campaign rally: Senator John F. Kennedy’s 1960 … Read More

Lynn Lovegreen | Playing with Description

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Description is a tricky thing. We all know a good one when we see it, but it’s not always easy to come up with one yourself. And of course, your voice and genre will determine the kind of description you use. If Charles Dickens is your style, you might like this detailed description from Bleak House: Sir Leicester is twenty … Read More

Bree Kessler | The Perfect Pitch is All in Your Head

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Last week I ran into a woman who, earlier this year during my very short stint as the editor of the Edible Alaska website, successfully pitched me an article. I shared with this woman, an objectively superior writer and MFA graduate, that her published article was one of my favorite pieces to read and I wondered why she didn’t do … Read More

Pushing Against Fences

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Wendell Berry wrote, “The impeded stream is the one that sings,” and I have to admit the first time I read that I thought it was a bunch of hooey. After all, one of the things that lead me to write poetry in the first place was the fact that I could ignore grammar and punctuation rules. (Okay, be kind, … Read More