One of these babies lives on the shore of Lake Clark and has a new book of poetry out, which she’ll be signing at the 49 Writers First Friday event at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art on Nov. 5.
One of these babies is our new state writer.
One of these babies has a scary book due out soon and is also our October featured author. Can you guess who is who? (See bottom.)
Why the silly baby photos? (Just a few of the batch we have posted on our new Facebook page). To remember how special youth is and how quickly we all grow up. These thoughts are in my mind today, as our 49 Alaska Writing Center turns a mere six months old. In that time, we’ve sponsored numerous literary events, from author readings to a book & tea talk. We’ve offered a phenomenal writers’ retreat and launched our fall creative writing instruction, with the next even bigger round of winter/spring courses to be announced in mid-November. We’ve grown our membership and our board, and we’ve met a lot of Alaska writers — veteran and beginner, from across the state — that we’d never met before. This fall, we’ve spent a lot of time reading, writing, and learning together. It’s been exhilarating. It’s been, frankly, kind of incredible. It’s hard to imagine that some of this energy started gathering from a few blogposts from long ago, including one I just found in the archives from December 9, 2009: “Do we need a writing center?” Now, we’ve got one. We’re still a baby on the literary scene, but we’re a baby that’s growing fast — all of us together, thanks to amazing volunteers and supporters. Thank you so much and if you’re Facebook-inclined, head on over there now and “like” us for a chance to win a gift from Raven’s Brew, our coffee sponsor.