Month: June 2015

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse: Je Ne Sais Quoi

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth Ethereal, bewitching, seductive – thus have reviewers praised Alaska author Eowyn Ivey’s best-selling debut novel The Snow Child.  If that sounds like love, so too does the way Ivey’s book was conceived. In her day job at Fireside Books in Palmer, she came upon a children’s book retelling of the …

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Linda Martin: Finding the Geography of Our Work: Post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay

Afaa Weaver Sincerity, then craft. Afaa Michael Weaver, a black man from Baltimore, comes at poetry that way. He’s a quiet teacher, given to listening. He speaks Chinese, practices Tai Chi and other martial arts, gives his students room to ponder what he calls an artist’s “geography.” He has published fourteen books of poetry. In …

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Alaska Shorts: “Special,” by Richard Chiappone

CHAZ PULLED HIS mother’s Outback into the snowed-over parking lot and parked it under the Alaska Recreational Area sign, gaping through the windshield at the three bodies clad in snowmobile suits lying face down on the still-frozen surface of the lake. Another meth deal gone sideways? Maybe. The locals in the jacked-up school buses and …

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Leslie Hsu Oh interviews Deb Vanasse on What Every Author Should Know

If you haven’t read Deb Vanasse’s book, What Every Author Should Know, you are missing out on tips you wished a more experienced author would share with you. Vanasse generously distills years of experience from publishing 16 books with six different presses into this easy-to-read “how to” publish, promote, and live the life of a …

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From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Metaphor, with All Due Respect

You have to love wikiHow. Impressed by the abundance of metaphor in Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! and a handful of lines in a G.C. Waldrep’s “The Black Pickup Truck of Death is Driving Away,” I set out to discover what other writers had to say about figurative language, which is as intuitive as anything we do.  Straight up, Google …

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