Active Voice | Our Greatest Hope by Jessica Shepherd

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Our series, Active Voice: Writers Respond, is back for 2018. We ask Alaska writers to reflect on the current state of democratic values in our society and to answer the question: How are current events shaping your work as a writer? At a time when national news seems to move at the speed of the latest tweetstorm, it is in … Read More

Active Voice | Barbara Hood: Stand in the Cold for Human Rights

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This piece was originally published in Anchorage Daily News and is reprinted here in our Active Voice series with permission.  In the wake of World War II, as the extent of Nazi atrocities came to light, many nations of the world came together to articulate the basic rights of all human beings. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted … Read More

Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Writing Toward a Twenty-First Century Counterculture

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Merton’s coming to Alaska in that beast of a year, the “year of everything horrible” as he referred to it, is a little-known, under-told story. The publication of my book, We Are All Poets Here, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Merton’s Alaska journey, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of his death. Alaska was one of the last places on earth he saw.

Active Voice: Writers Respond | Erin Coughlin Hollowell

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As summer turns to winter in Alaska, with a brief interlude long enough to weigh three-quarter ton pumpkins in Palmer that some might call fall, we are excited to announce the return of the blog series Active Voice: Writers Respond, a forum for Alaska writers to respond to current events and controversies on the national stage. And what a summer … Read More

Active Voice by Jeremy Pataky | 100,000 Pennies for your Thoughts

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Books can change minds, shape policy, and, according to at least one of Alaska’s former senators, alter “the course of human history.” In his new Anchorage Press column, “Yeah Write”, 49 Writers Executive Director Jeremy Pataky explores the societal impact of books like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the seminal environmental science book that made the American public aware of the … Read More

Active Voice | Jonathan Bower: We Must Revise Our Lives

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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. In addition to this blog series, we will also host 49 Writers Active Voice events in Juneau and Anchorage featuring local and visiting … Read More

Charles Boyle | Active Voice: Writers Respond

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We’re excited to announce a new series at 49 Writers, Active Voice: Writers Respond, that will call on you, the Alaska writing community, to react, reflect, and respond to current events. The opening months of 2017 have been tumultuous and unprecedented. The cultural, societal, and civic direction of our nation is being challenged under the new Presidential administration. Each day seems … Read More