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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

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A Message from Don Rearden, 49 Writers Board President It’s hard for me to believe that five years ago I sat across from Andromeda Romano-Lax and Deb Vanasse at a Kaladi Brothers table, sipping a mocha, listening to them pitch to me their shared vision for a statewide writing organization. Already over my head with work and my own writing … Read More

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Most of us are still on a high from the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat last weekend with poet Carolyn Forché. It was an unforgettable learning experience and many participants generated strong new work in the form of poetry and memoir prose. Carolyn’s teaching focused us and inspired us to find new ways to create and to look at work in … Read More

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There’s still time to register for Christine Byl’s workshop tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15, 9am-1pm, “Lyric Tinkering: The Poem as a Tool for Prose Writers. Click here for more details and to register. In this class, you’ll explore the poem not as a final product but as a process and a tool, one that can sharpen, hone, and incite prose work. … Read More

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What a week it has been! Multiple literary events to launch our spring season and a multitude of literary friends turning out for classes and author readings. It feels so good to reconnect with our community. First thanks go to the warm and wonderful Camille Dungy for her excellent poetry class, “How to Write a Poem: Make a List.” We … Read More

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This week we reached a new milestone: our current membership is more than double what it was this time last year! Thank you to the 28 new members who have joined since the beginning of 2014, who hail from not only Anchorage but also Douglas, Juneau, Skagway, and Wasilla. We’re just a few short of 200, a goal that 12 … Read More

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Ken Post entertains us with a story about Scrabblewith an Alaskan twist What a great turnout at last night’s Resolve to Write gathering in Juneau—the energy and enthusiasm in the room were palpable! Member Sarah Isto provided the perfect setting and we thank her for welcoming Juneau’s writers to her home. Thanks too to 49 Writers board member Joan Pardes … Read More

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What a wonderful turnout for Joan Naviyuk Kane’s reading on New Year’s Eve! Thank you to all the poetry lovers who chose to see the old year out in this way, who were also treated to some fine music by local musician Michael Howard. Host Olena Davis provided the perfect setting for the event, and it was great to see … Read More

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Thanks to the two dozen people who braved Saturday’s scary roads to attend the excellent Reading & Craft Talk by David Abrams on “How to Write a War Story.” David was happy to be back in Anchorage after an absence of nine years, and he thoroughly enjoyed his whirlwind tour of Homer, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, meeting new readers and reconnecting … Read More

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49 Writers guest blogger Mei Mei Evans (Oil and Water), a University of Alaska Press Alaska Literary Series author Alaska Book Week (October 5-12) had its most successful year yet! In an unprecedented show of support, schools, libraries, publishers, bookstores, writers, and reading circles from Nome to Kodiak brought energy and awareness to Alaska’s burgeoning literary arts community. Keep an … Read More