February 2018

Guest Blogger Nancy Lord | FisherPoets Gathering – Why did I wait so long?

The 2018 FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon took place this last weekend, and I’m still high on fish stories and great companionship. I’d been wanting to attend this event since it began 21 years ago—back when I was still an active fisherperson. This year I finally managed to fit it into my schedule. What is …

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49 Writers | Poetry Out Loud and more in Juneau

49 Writers is pleased once again to join the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) in celebrating the statewide Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition coming up next week in Juneau. Twelve finalists will compete this year, having progressed in competitions at the classroom, school, and regional …

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Literary Roundup | February 23-March 1, 2018

Hey, folks! We’re switching back to weekly Friday Roundups, as opposed to biweekly. Please email your short news items to 49blog@gmail.com by Wednesdays.  New releases Marilyn Sigman’s Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay (University of Alaska Press) | details | See below for upcoming events and stay tuned for more Kathleen Tarr’s We Are All Poets Here (VP&D) …

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Literary Roundup | February 16-22, 2018

Hey, folks! We’re switching back to weekly Friday Roundups, as opposed to biweekly. Please email your short news items to 49blog@gmail.com by Wednesdays.  New releases Heart Berries | Written by Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries is her memoir of overcoming personal trauma, mental trials, and reconciliation with her parents. Mailhot graduated with a MFA in fiction …

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Guest Blogger Nancy Lord | Why I Review Books—and Why You Should Consider It

I’ve loved reading ever since I was a child, and I loved doing book reports for school because I got to write and talk about books I loved. When I was in an MFA program I loved the required book responses (or annotations, as we called them) because I got to take those books apart …

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Literary Roundup | February 9-15, 2018

Hey, folks! We’re switching back to weekly Friday Roundups, as opposed to biweekly. Please email your short news items to 49blog@gmail.com by Wednesdays.  New releases Heart Berries | On Sale February 6, 2018 | Written by Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries is her memoir of overcoming personal trauma, mental trials, and reconciliation with her parents. Mailhot …

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Deb Vanasse | Go, Team! Why You Might Want a Writing Coach

  Ah, the Olympics. A welcome distraction this time of year—athletes displaying their best efforts, coaches cheering them on. Writers, too, have their coaches—fellow writers, literary agents, editors who acquire their manuscripts. In lieu of these – or more often, to supplement them – some hire coaches. Why hire a writing coach? The most straightforward …

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Guest Blogger Nancy Lord | Wild Writing Residencies

A few years ago Marybeth Holleman and I put together a panel for an AWP (Associated Writers and Writing Programs) conference that we called “Wild Writing Residencies.” With three other writers from around the country, we discussed our experiences with a variety of artist-in-residence programs that take place in national parks and other “wild” places. …

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