Matt Komatsu – Danger Close: Alaska

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Three years ago, I was in the first firefight of my life and I didn’t fire a single shot. Not that I didn’t have the opportunity – I did. Twice, as a matter of fact. Which seems an odd thing to say about a six-hour periodic running gun battle. Also odd, I suppose, for that to have been my greatest … Read More

Weekly Roundup of News and Events

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Tired of working conventional hours? Yearn for the flexibility of working from home or your favorite coffee shop? Dream of meeting and getting to know respected Alaskan writers and distinguished visiting authors? Have we got the job for you! 49 Writers is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic executive director to fill the shoes of current leader Linda Ketchum, when she departs … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Juneau participants in Autogeography writing workshop with Sherry Simpson What a week it’s been, taking our Crosscurrents Southeast program of author events and creative writing classes to Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan and connecting with writers and lovers of books in the rainforest region of the state (yes, it has rained every single day but that hasn’t diminished our enthusiasm). The … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Have you enjoyed reading this blog over the last year? Do you look forward to this weekly compilation of literary news and events from around the state? More than 100 Alaskan authors have contributed content in the form of monthly guest blogger stints, opinion pieces on topical issues, interviews, and more. The 49 Writers blog also offers you the opportunity … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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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

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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By the time you read this I’ll be in Homer, waiting to meet up with the very diverse and accomplished group of poets and memoirists who will be participating in this year’s Tutka Bay Writers Retreat led by distinguished poet Carolyn Forché. We’ll bring you a full report next week, and post a photo album to the 49 Writers Facebook … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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It has been a momentous week for Alaska literary news, one that has evoked emotions veering from elation one moment to deep sorrow the next. Richard Dauenhauer at the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities(photo courtesy of Alaska State Council on the Arts) The whole literary community is in mourning for Richard Dauenhauer, a modest but extraordinary man … Read More

Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Crosscurrents Southeast, featuring Alaskan authors Sherry Simpson (right) and Ernestine Hayes, is coming your way! Combining our popular Crosscurrents on-stage conversation with a creative writing workshop, 49 Writers is pleased to be bringing this program to Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Craig in September 2014. In Juneau, Sherry Simpson will also give a reading at Douglas Public Library. The local partners who are … Read More

Linda: Notes from Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference 2014, part three

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Courting Lightning Carol captures yours truly note-taking furiously This plenary session on inspiration and creating a writing life was moderated by Erin Coughlin Hollowell and featured panelists Kwame Dawes, Lee Martin, Eva Saulitis, and Sherry Simpson. Lee Martin kicked off the conversation by asserting that he believes more in perspiration than inspiration. However, there’s always something that brings him to … Read More

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Dana Stabenow & Deb Vanasse It was great to see a classroom full of writers at the Anchorage Museum on Wednesday night, all eager to learn more about Independent Publishing Options for Writers with Dana Stabenow and Deb Vanasse. Dana shared the wisdom she’s gleaned from more than 20 years of traditional and now epublishing; the world is certainly changing … Read More