Guest Blogger Christine Byl | Thanks & Giving for the Arts

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  On a recent road trip to visit family in the Southeast, a rural church billboard caught my eye: “Grateful people are happy people.” I don’t generally look to church yard proclamations for advice, but this quote stayed with me. It’s far from a novel idea—myriad scientific studies support the correlative relationship between articulated gratitude and happiness, and further, between … Read More

Christine Byl | My Annual Reading Report

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“My Annual Reading Report,” by Christine Byl, 43rd grade. 2016 was a tough year for many reasons (wretched politics, climate change in the Arctic, bigotry and sexism, deaths of dear human and canine friends, no more Leonard Cohen albums). A combination of mental restlessness, depth avoidance, and periods of grief meant I didn’t read as much as I usually do. … Read More

Christine Byl: Shelf Promotion: Trading Commerce for Art

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Christine Byl at a reading event; photo by Mollie Foster Near top the list of my greatest riches is the gang of artists I call friends: poets and painters, musicians and quilters, collagists and photographers. Our conversations, across medium and genre, stimulate me to consider the world at angles skew to my default impulses, and push my work to places … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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It has been a momentous week for Alaska literary news, one that has evoked emotions veering from elation one moment to deep sorrow the next. Richard Dauenhauer at the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities(photo courtesy of Alaska State Council on the Arts) The whole literary community is in mourning for Richard Dauenhauer, a modest but extraordinary man … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Many thanks to all the writers who submitted to the Anchorage Remembers anthology! We received more than 40 stories, which the selection committee will start reviewing soon. The majority of those stories came from writers who participated in one of the four memoir workshop series offered by this official Centennial project. Stay tuned for details, and to see story excerpts … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Moderator and panelists for Home/Land: Peggy Shumaker, Scott Russell Sanders, Debby Dahl Edwardson, Eowyn Ivey, Richard Chiappone Yes, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is over. For four intense pre-solstice days, 150 writers soaked up the wisdom of faculty, made new writing friends and caught up with old, enjoyed a variety of readings from aspiring and established writers, generated the beginnings of … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 6-10:30pm. It’s Write-a-thon time! Save the date and get the details here. This is our premiere fundraising event of the year and a great way to show your support for the literary arts in Alaska, while working on your own contribution to the state’s growing body of literature! It was such a treat to attend last night’s Reading … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Photo by Sean Mattison We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché will teach at this year’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, Sept. 5-7, 2014. Do consider joining us for an intensive, generative weekend workshop, “Writing on Tutka Bay: New Poems, New Passages.” This year’s retreat is designed for poets and memoirists who want to write new work and learn … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Thanks to Christine Byl for the excellent class last weekend on Lyric Tinkering: The Poem as a Tool for Prose Writers. Found poems are fun! We left with plenty of ideas for experimenting with different forms of poetry to find inspiration for our prose and felt encouraged to incorporate poetry into our writing lives in a meaningful way. Earlier in … Read More