Linda: 49 Writers Weekly Roundup

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Our initial elation at Monday’s news that the months-long prioritization process at UAA has determined that the university should invest more resources in arts, languages, and humanities was quickly overshadowed by their conclusion that the Alaska Quarterly Review is one of the non-academic programs needing “further review, consideration for reduction or phase out.” Say it ain’t so! Over the last … Read More

Alaska Spring: Lorelei Costa Interviews Tom Sexton

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On April 21 and 22, the Alaska Chamber Singers will premiere Alaska Spring, a brand new choral work by Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen. Scored for four-part choir and string quartet, Alaska Spring is Larsen’s setting of five poems by Tom Sexton, drawn from his 2009 collection, For the Sake of the Light (University of Alaska Press, 2009). Sexton was Alaska’s … Read More

Online Poetry Discussion Today, 1:00 to 5:00 PM

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“The darkness of winter is a great backdrop for the inner landscape of the imagination.” Zack Rogow “It’s that permission to go into the interior that winter–at its best–is about.” Mike Burwell “A mindfulness happens in deep cold. We have to pay attention or we can be in deep trouble. That kind of urgency and that kind of mindfulness are … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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Need a break from the holiday madness? Treat yourself to an evening at Café Felix, adjacent to Metro Books, where on Thursday, December 8 from 7-8:30 pm, our own Don Rearden will be featured in an informal talk on our collective literary obsession. Rearden, whose films have aired on TMC and Showtime, will share how he took a germ of … Read More

Liz Meredith interviews Tom Sexton: I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets

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In late May, the New York Times reviewed former Alaska poet laureate Tom Sexton’s twelfth book  I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets. In the article, writer Dana Jennings describes Sexton as “another modern monk seeking refuge in Asian poems.”  Honoring his years in Alaska, his life in Maine, where he spends every other summer, and his interest in … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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It’s happened again:  49 Writers director Deb Vanasse has been asked to speak on the subject of humor.  This time it’s at the North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway, in session this week, and she’s better prepared than the first time, when she had to address a national conference as a newly minted author with one novel wasn’t funny in … Read More

Andromeda: Sexton's latest collection earns NYT kudos

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Thanks to Mike E. for leaving a comment alerting us to the inclusion of Tom Sexton in a glowing New York Times roundup of top new collections by five midcareer poets. The Times reviewer described Sexton, whose latest book is called I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets (University of Alaska Press) as a “…modern monk seeking refuge in … Read More

Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

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A big thanks to John Morgan and Kelsea Habecker (pictured above) for a wonderful evening of poetry at our April 16 Synergies/Still North Reading and Performance event.  Kudos to volunteer coordinator Jeremy Pataky for all the arrangements, including the John Haines documentary-in-progress that was shown during the event. Writers statewide are mourning the loss of poet Joe Enzweiler of Fairbanks, … Read More

How I Met John Haines: A Guest Post by Tom Sexton

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I met John Haines for the first time in 1968 when he visited a class I was taking for my English degree. He had come with his then wife Jo to talk about his first book, Winter News. I remember that he had little to say and seemed uncomfortable talking about himself. Little did we know that he was about … Read More