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

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Upcoming events at 49 Writers Friday Dec. 12, 7pm: Jimmy Riordan presents Le Roman du Lievre (The Romance of the Rabbit). We’re excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau 49 Writers community in the form of a potluck event hosted by Sarah Isto (1718 Willow Avenue).  In 2008 Jimmy Riordan translated the French poet Francis Jammes’ turn of the century … Read More

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s membership drive! You helped us to meet and exceed our goal of 100 new members in 2014–we’re at 106 and counting. We also appreciate the support of everyone who donated part of their Permanent Fund Dividend to 49 Writers this year through Pick.Click. Give., our first time participating in the program. … Read More

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Are you our next Executive Director? Applications close at 5pm today. 49 Writers is seeking a visionary and detail-oriented executive director to take over from Linda Ketchum when she departs Alaska to travel and write. For the job description and information on how to apply, visit the 49 Writers website or click the logo at the top of the blog sidebar. Flexible hours … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Could this be you?? One more week left to apply! 49 Writers is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic executive director to fill the shoes of current leader Linda Ketchum, when she departs for distant shores at the end of this year. For the job description and information on how to apply, go to the 49 Writers website or click the logo at the … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Photo courtesy of Christina Whiting First of all, we’d like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in last Friday’s Write-a-thon – a great time was had by all at Snow City Café as you created new work and raised money for 49 Writers! We’ll have a full report for you next week.  Special thanks go to MC Jonathan Bower for handling … 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

John Morgan: How about Long Poems?

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In our current literary culture there isn’t much demand for the long poem.  Magazines, with limited space, are looking for one or two pagers so they can include more contributors, and, hopefully, draw more readers. While poetic sequences do provide an opportunity to expand beyond the short lyric and explore a wider range of experience, what about the single poem … Read More

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Brendan reads his poem “My Grandma” It was wonderful to see such a good turnout of young writers and their families at last Friday’s Write Young Alaska (WYAK) anthology reading. A huge thank you to Peggy Brannon of Kasuun Elementary who encouraged so many of her former students to attend. Works read included poems and prose created during our Writers … Read More

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Today is the day! Registration is now open for our fall classes in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Palmer. We may yet add some to the schedule and will announce them as details are finalized. Check here and on the website for the latest information. Here’s a quick roundup of topics and instructors: · Thriving in the Writing Life with Claire Rudolf … Read More