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

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

AQR @35 | EDITOR’S NOTE: 35th Anniversary, by Ronald Spatz

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This is the first in a series of four posts honoring Alaska Quarterly Review‘s 35th Anniversary. ~ 49 Writers, Inc. EDITOR’S NOTE: 35th Anniversary By Ronald Spatz, Co-founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief Alaska Quarterly Review It took Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) 37 years to reach this 35th season. If that math seems strange, we’re counting the time between the founding in … Read More

Mary Odden | On Writing the Essay “March”

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Cheered on by readers who told me that an essay dedicated to old friend Norman Wilkins “worked,” though it was written in various moods and moments over about 20 years, I’m going to take a moment to finger that miracle. The essay is a small bucket of improbables—love for the consummate knowledge of two woodsman friends, a mix of ambivalence … Read More

49 Writers | Honoring Gary H. Holthaus

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We’re glad to partner with Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Humanities Forum on a two-part retrospective celebration of one of Alaska’s most important thinkers and writers, Gary Holthaus. Gary’s been active as a writer and citizen for decades, as the bio below illustrates. A long-time home literary events, Great Harvest Bread Co. in Anchorage will host the readings tonight … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News & Events

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This week, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced the super-exciting news that 49 Writers has been selected to receive a $10,000 NEA Challenge America grant to support a September 2015 literary tour in Southeast Alaska featuring author Melinda Moustakis. This grant will allow us to partner with Alaska Quarterly Review to combine live literary events in … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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By the time you read this I’ll be in Homer, waiting to meet up with the very diverse and accomplished group of poets and memoirists who will be participating in this year’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat led by distinguished poet Carolyn Forché. We’ll bring you a full report next week, and post a photo album to the 49 Writers Facebook … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Our initial elation at Monday’s news that the months-long prioritization process at UAA has determined that the university should invest more resources in arts, languages, and humanities was quickly overshadowed by their conclusion that the Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the non-academic programs needing “further review, consideration for reduction or phase out.” Say it ain’t so! Over the last … Read More