Guest Blogger Christine Byl | Investigating Emily

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“Guess what, Auntie C?” my niece tells me on the phone. “My class visited Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst! We saw her room—her bed and her desk and everything. It was amazing.” Tamar is 13, an avid reader, and one of my favorite people. I ask her if she’ll go again with me when we visit at Thanksgiving. I’d heard … Read More

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

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Fairbanks Arts Association (Fairbanks, AK), in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book (Anchorage, AK), have announced that the featured selection for the 2017-2018 statewide Alaska Reads program is Steam Laundry, by Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. The initiative began in 2015 … Read More

Susanna J. Mishler | Line, Please!

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What is a poetic line, exactly? What difference does it make where the line “breaks?” When we look at words on a page we can instantly identify a poem because a poem is lineated. Lines (or their conspicuous absence) are a large part of what makes a poem a poem. How does a poet decide where the line begins and … Read More

Barbara Hood | An Invitation: Savor the Rising Words Poetry Broadside Exhibit

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When I was a little girl, my mother remembered me carrying around little notebooks for my “pomes” and pictures, filling them with words and pencil drawings. Most have now gone missing. During college, I kept occasional journals filled with sketches and poems of longing and love, much of it unrequited. Most of these, embarrassingly, survive.  Then for decades, almost no … 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

49 Writers Literary Roundup | Jan 20-Feb 2

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Have news, events, or opportunities you’d like to see listed here? Email details to info (at) with “Roundup” as the subject. Spread the word. Your message must be received by close of business the Wednesday before the roundup is scheduled to run at the latest. Unless your event falls in the “Opportunities and Awards” category, it should occur no more than … Read More

Guest Blogger Alyse Knorr: Six Poetic Forms at a Party

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A poem’s form consists of the structural “rules” concerning elements like meter, rhyme, alliteration, or repetition. Each poetic form is like a different shaped vase into which water (language) can be poured. Each form has its own particular way of shaping meaning and progressing through a thought. Each has a unique system of organization and a different approach to creating … Read More

Alaska Shorts: Sad Music by Stephen D. Bolen

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Sad Music 11/09/15 There’s a service today, A young man I don’t know, The cold I’ve come out of my own skin. I’m falling down and down, keep going. Is there any truth in this master confusion? It isn’t even a storm anymore, It’s calm and with good people gone now, From this bright day, I speak to the familiar— … Read More