Month: October 2017

Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Writing Toward a Twenty-First Century Counterculture

Merton’s coming to Alaska in that beast of a year, the “year of everything horrible” as he referred to it, is a little-known, under-told story. The publication of my book, We Are All Poets Here, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Merton’s Alaska journey, which also happens to be the 50th anniversary of his death. Alaska was one of the last places on earth he saw.

AQR @35 | Mary Odden: AQR: More Important To Me Than I Could Have Guessed

AQR: More Important To Me Than I Could Have Guessed A lot of the things that happen in the north could happen anywhere. I remember driving a gravel piece of the Alcan Highway behind a motorcycle that fishtailed in the deep gravel then crashed, flinging its rider upside down in the air. We watched her …

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Nancy Lord | The Need for Science Writing

Homer writer Nancy Lord is the author of ten books of environmentally-related writing, including the new novel pH. She served as the Alaska Writer Laureate from 2008-10 and teaches for the University of Alaska Anchorage and Johns Hopkins University.

Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | A Harvest of Wisdom—Lessons from a First Book

A Harvest of Wisdom—Lessons from a First Book I signed the contract for my first book in an east Anchorage home exactly one year and ten months ago, on December 16, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. in the middle of a Christmas party while nervously sitting in the host couple’s master bedroom. During the holiday cheer …

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Literary Roundup | October 13-26, 2017

Our upcoming season of workshops, classes, Reading & Craft Talk Series and Crosscurrents events, and special events is mostly up on online. Registration is open for classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks! Congrats to Seth Kantner, recipient of a 2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant! Congratulations to current and former 49 Writers board members Matthew Komatsu and Don Rearden, as …

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AQR @35 | EDITOR’S NOTE: 35th Anniversary, by Ronald Spatz

This is the first in a series of four posts honoring Alaska Quarterly Review‘s 35th Anniversary. ~ 49 Writers, Inc. EDITOR’S NOTE: 35th Anniversary By Ronald Spatz, Co-founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief Alaska Quarterly Review It took Alaska Quarterly Review (AQR) 37 years to reach this 35th season. If that math seems strange, we’re counting the …

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Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Listening to a Literary Monk

Listening to a Literary Monk: Balancing Writing with Silence Thomas Merton chose to live on the margins. As an isolated Trappist monk, he joined a strict and austere religious order as a deep and profound act of cultural resistance. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani on December 10, 1941 at age 26, a newly confirmed …

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