At summer’s height, like most Alaskans the staff and board at 49 Writers are making the most of the season, whether traveling out of state, enjoying its great outdoors, or catching up with friends and family. The pie chart below (which popped up on Facebook this week) illustrates clearly why emails have dried up to a trickle, the phone is quiet, and literary events are far from our minds…summer is short!
We hear from Mary Wasche that her new book, Escape to Alaska, is now available at www.WhiskeyCreekPress.com, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes and Noble. Congratulations!
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Nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities open today! Learn more at the Alaska State Council on the Arts website. The categories for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts are: Arts Education, Native Arts, Arts Organization and Individual Artist. In addition, the Alaska State Council on the Arts’ Literary Advisory Committee will accept nominations for the State Writer Laureate, who will be appointed by the Governor to a two year term (2015-2016).
In two weeks, Cirque contributors will gather in Bothell WA for a reading and fundraiser. It will take place at Tandem Wine and Dinner Bar in Bothell, 7 pm. Details coming. See Cirque at www.cirquejournal.com and follow on Facebook.
August 22-24, Center for Alaska Coastal Studies‘ Peterson Bay Field Station (across Kachemak Bay from Homer): Line by Line in Kachemak Bay: a writer and artist retreat led by Marilyn Sigman and Marilyn Kirkham. Registration $225, including water taxi transportation, food, two nights lodging, and a journal. For more information and to sign up, contact email@example.com or 907-235-6667.
Opportunities for Alaskan Writers
Did you know that if you’re an Alaskan writer you can get listed for free in the Alaska Writers Directory? It’s easy to do, just click here to complete the online form. If you’re already listed, do check your information to make sure it’s current–updates can be submitted using the same form. As Alaska Book Week approaches (Oct. 4-11, 2014), it’s a great way for schools, book clubs, and other groups to connect with writers to invite to their Alaska Book Week celebration.
Need an author photo for your upcoming book? Affinityfilms, Inc., an Anchorage non-profit, will create your photo in exchange for a donation to the organization. Visit their website to contact them and make a donation online. Big thanks to Mary Katzke for this generous offer.
Anchorage Public Library is looking for fall writing group leaders, one for a teen group and one for an adult group. This is a great way to share your love of writing. For more information, contact Jim Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org or 343-2938.
Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting its next round of applications from all previous Rasmuson Individual Artist Award Recipients for its Artist Residency Program. Online applications for 2015 residencies will be accepted now through August 15, 2014. Questions about the program can be directed to Program Coordinator Jeremy Pataky at jeremy.pataky (at) gmail.com or 907-244-7717.
The Alaska Literary Awards, established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, are accepting applications. The Alaska Literary Awards recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. There are no restrictions on the writer’s use of the award and no formal report is required. Application deadline is Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:59pm (AKDT).