Weekly Round Up of New and Events

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Things are picking up this month with a number of literary events and writerly opportunities. Time to come in from the cold and enjoy the company of good folks and good words. EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE The Living Room: Stories for Grown-upsJoin a community of writers, readers, and listeners every 2nd Friday from 7-9pm at Jitters in Eagle River during the … Read More

Weekly Round Up of News and Events

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Linda Ketchum and I have been working all month on our transition in the executive director position here at 49 Writers. Linda’s worked diligently to orient me to the responsibilities of the job and the incredible amount of work she does behind the scenes. I’m trying to keep up and keep track of the details. The official hand-off is January … Read More

Celebrate Cirque: Claiming another Solstice

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The 11th issue of Cirque will be posted at www.cirquejournal.com (Volume 6, Number 1) on Winter Solstice, December 21.   This release marks five years since Michael Burwell established Cirque, in order to give writers (and artists) of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest more places to publish their work – and as a vehicle to bring the best writing of the … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Six weeks ago we announced that current Executive Director Linda Ketchum will be leaving 49 Writers at the end of December, and that the Board of Directors was seeking the right person to take over leadership of our small but rapidly growing nonprofit. We focused on recruiting someone from our literary community who could hit the ground running and had … 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

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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At summer’s height, like most Alaskans the staff and board at 49 Writers are making the most of the season, whether traveling out of state, enjoying its great outdoors, or catching up with friends and family. The pie chart below (which popped up on Facebook this week) illustrates clearly why emails have dried up to a trickle, the phone is … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Alaska Book Week 2014 (Oct. 4-11) is ramping up! The organizing committee (Alaska Center for the Book, 49 Writers, Alaska State Library, Anchorage Public Library) has been working hard behind the scenes and you can now sign up to participate at the Alaska Book Week website at www.AlaskaBookWeek.com. Questions? Contact ABW coordinator Jathan Day at akbookweek (at) gmail (dot) com. We’d … Read More

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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

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The summer season of literary gatherings is officially underway with the North Words Writers Symposium in beautiful Skagway, Alaska, May 28-31! We look forward to reports from faculty and attendees but early posts on Facebook suggest a good time is being had by all. If you’re there, say hello to 49 Writers board members Katrina Pearson and Joan Pardes, and … Read More

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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