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

How We’re Making Our Way in the Big World of Books

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Four years ago, it was nothing more than a good idea: set aside one week a year to celebrate Alaska books. With the help of some incredible volunteers and the support of generous sponsors, Alaska Book Week was born. When we first began, we timed the week-long celebration so as not to conflict with the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. … Read More

Deb: Celebrate with Joan Kane tonight!

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Don’t miss the very last 49 Writers event of 2013: a New Year’s Eve poetry reading by Joan Naviyuk Kane on Tuesday Dec. 31, 8 pm, 120 West 11th Avenue, to mark the release of Hyperboreal, her second award-winning book. Joan will read selections from this new collection after we enjoy music from Alaskan songwriter Michael Howard. Doors open at 7 pm. Joan is Inupiaq Eskimo, with family from … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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As the year approaches its close, we have been reviewing program activities undertaken by 49 Writers in 2013 in pursuit of our mission: supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. The blog is where it all started in 2008, and it remains a keystone of our programming for Alaska’s … Read More

Kellie Doherty interviews David Stevenson, UAA Creative Writing & Literary Arts Program

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David Stevenson, Director of the UAA Creative Writing & Literary Arts Low-Residency MFA Program Don’t miss this year’s Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series, which begins Sunday, July 14, 8pm at UAA’s Rasmuson Hall 101 with author Linda Hogan. View the reading schedule here. How long have you been working at UAA? I am just beginning my sixth year. I … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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We have just been notified that our application to participate in the Anchorage Centennial has been accepted! Anchorage Remembers: A Centennial Memoir Project is now an “Official Anchorage Centennial Event.” Beginning in fall 2013, 49 Writers will offer free memoir writing classes to help local residents, including senior citizens, transform their memories into compelling poetry and prose as a means … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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When the Rasmuson Foundation announces its annual Individual Artist Awards, it’s always exciting to see Alaska’s creative community acknowledged and supported in this way. Attendees at the awards reception earlier this week included trustees of the Western States Arts Federation, who were in town for a meeting. I happened to be standing next to the WESTAF table when Diane Kaplan, … Read More

Jeremy Pataky Interviews Joan Kane

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  Joan Kane (photo by Seth Kantner) Joan Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her MFA from Columbia University. Kane’s awards include a 2007 individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, a 2009 Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a National Native Creative … Read More

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We are excited to offer two special events this weekend featuring Homer author Eva Saulitis, who recently published Into Great Silence, described as “a moving portrait of the interconnectedness of humans with animals and place—and of the responsibility we have to protect them.” Tonight, Friday, March 22, 7pm, the Alaska Quarterly Review and 49 Writers are co-hosting a Reading & … Read More

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Sue Pope reads from her essay about birding in Bhutan Writers are made of stern stuff! Despite the frigid temperatures around town on Wednesday, a trusty band of students from this year’s workshops turned out to share their writing at our Indigo Tea Lounge gathering. We heard descriptions of the sensory pleasures of St. Thomas and the allure of the … Read More