Happy Friday! I’m still reflecting on the fabulous camaraderie and inspiration of the North Words Writers Symposium last week. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. 49 Writers grew a bit too with new members, so if you’re just joining us, welcome! 49 Writers board member Katie Bausler has continued her work on the Active Voice Podcast, and she has just launched an episode with North Words keynote speaker Pico Iyer. Please check it out! All episodes can be heard on the Active Voice page on our web site.
The deadline for applications to the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat is approaching. There is still a handful of spaces left. Lots of details below in the roundup.
We are gearing up for a wonderful event on June 19 in Anchorage. If you’re in the area, please consider joining us for Poetry Solstice, a reading and book launch for three celebrated Alaskan poets: Peggy Shumaker, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, and James Engelhardt. More details below.
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ANCHORAGE | Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7 PM at Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe in Spenard, Alaska | 49 Writers presents Poetry Solstice: A Reading and Book Launch. Preceded by a reception with the authors, this event celebrates the launching of three new titles from Boreal Books, a Red Hen Press imprint that’s been publishing Alaskan literature for 10 years. Peggy Shumaker, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, and James Engelhardt will each read from their new collections, respectively titled Cairn: New and Selected, Every Atom, and Bone Willows.
ANCHORAGE | June 2018 | The University of Alaska Campus Bookstore is holding a couple literary events in the coming weeks. These events will beheld at the Consortium Library, room 307.
- Thursday, June 21 from 1-3 PM | Tim Kennedy presents “Skyriver Project: Where the Rivers Meet the Sky: A Collaborative Approach to Participatory Development.” The event will highlight how the Lower Yukon Project used film-making as a vehicle for their participatory development goals. Kennedy was the director of the Lower Yukon Project, in Emmonak, in the early 1970s. This experience was the subject of his book, Where the Rivers Meet the Sky: A Collaborative Approach to Participatory Development.
- Thursday, June 21, from 5-7 PM | Craig Childs presents his new book, Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America. The book chronicles the last millennia of the Ice Age, the violent oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans’ chances for survival. Childs has won the Orion Book Award (among several other awards), holds a BA in Journalism from Colorado University, is a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, and has taught writing for the UAA MFA Program.
ANCHORAGE | 49 Writers and Alaska Humanities Forum are proud to present the 2018 offering of Danger Close Alaska, the third year of joint programming meant to build a literary community of civilians and veterans. Everyone is welcome to attend. This year, Danger Close Alaska takes place one night a month for six consecutive months. Advanced registration is required for each session; participants need not have attended prior sessions to participate. Fee includes gourmet pizza. Registration for the next program will open soon! Save the remaining dates: June 27, July 25, Aug 22, Sept 26 | The United States has been at war continuously since September 11, 2001. While only 1% of the population volunteers to serve in the nation’s wars, every American’s life has been touched by war since that day. Every American story is now, in some way, a war story. Here in Alaska, the veteran population exceeds 73,000 men and women, constituting nearly 10 percent of the state population. Learn more on our website.
GIRDWOOD | Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 2018 | Girdwood Fine Arts Camp: A week-long class on writing and drawing comics with Anchorage cartoonist Lee Post, journalist Julia O’Malley, and book binder Jimmy Jordan. The camp will be focused on writing and drawing graphic novels and comics: For four hours per day, students will work with experienced comic and writing professionals. They will be introduced to drawing techniques including character design, perspective and thumbnailing. The class will be lead by visiting artist John G. John, a Cleveland based cartoonist known for his work on the Lake Eerie Monster. He will be accompanied by Anchorage-based journalist Julia O’Malley and cartoonist Lee Post. Julia will teach writing alongside John, taking what she knows about breaking down complex stories and finding what is important and compelling, and translating it to plotting graphic fiction. Lee will share his unique style of character design and other drawing tricks, many of which he has honed through other teaching artist gigs. Ages 10-18. Learn more on the community website here.
JUNEAU | June 11, 6:30 pm | 49 Writers Workshop – Getting Started as a Freelancer
How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? Nicole Dieker is in her sixth year of full-time freelancing, and she’ll teach you everything she knows about how freelancers make money; how to pitch (even when you don’t have clips); how to build a freelancer schedule that combines writing, pitching, networking, and administrative work; and how to grow your earnings over time. Register online.
JUNEAU | Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 7:30 PM | Summer Showcase: “Starry Night” Poetry Slam by Woosh Kinaadeiyi. It will be a night of local poetry with musical accompaniment. Food and drink will be available. Located at the Rockwell Ballroom. Tickets $20 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under, available at www.jahc.org or from Hearthside Books. Doors open at 7 PM.
HOONAH | June 30 – July 6, 2018 | Environmental Rhetoric: A 3-credit course through University of Alaska Southeast. Join professor Dan Henry at Inian Islands institute for this intensive course on environmental Rhetoric and become a stronger, more persuasive environmental leader. 12 participants. Fee: $400. Meals, lodging, and transport from Juneau provided. For more info please contact professor Dan Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a short paragraph on what the class could do for you.
CONFERENCES, RETREATS, and RESIDENCIES
HOMER | June 8-12, 2018 | The 17th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is being held in Homer, Alaska. This nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Keynote presenter Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, will be joined by fifteen other writers, poets, and publishing industry professionals. Optional post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay Lodge and boat cruise. All information and faculty bios at the website: http://sites.kpc.alaska.edu/writersconf/. Registration deadline: June 6. See schedule here.
- Saturday, June 9 at 8 PM: Anthony Doerr at HHS Mariner Theater.
- Sunday and Monday, June 10-11, at 7:30 PM: visiting poets, essayists, novelists. Located at Alice’s on the 10th and Land’s End on the 11th.
McCARTHY | July 26-29, 2018 | Women and the Frontier: Memoir writing workshop. Participants will discover some of the women who traversed Alaska’s frontiers, with artist-in-resident Marianne Monson, the author of Frontier Grit. Through a variety of writing exercises, discussion, and on-location prompts, participants will explore the concepts of wilderness and frontiers in our own lives. Meals and lodging included. Fee: $445. More info and registration here.
TUTKA BAY LODGE | The 9th Annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Hannah Tinti will take place September 7-9, 2018. This generative writers retreat blends craft talks, in-class writing, readings, and discussion with unstructured time to experience the immersive natural environment or concentrate further on writing. Your weekend of instruction and inspiration will take place at Tutka Bay Lodge, named by Fodor in 2012 as one of the World’s Top 100 places to stay. Tutka Bay is a remote and rugged fjord characterized by soaring mountains, secluded beaches, old growth forest, and dramatic tidal fluctuations. To get there you fly or drive to the fishing community of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula (225 miles south of Anchorage) then take a 20-minute water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay. On the way you will observe a variety of shore and water birds, and there is always the possibility of sighting sea otters, orcas, and humpbacks. Apply now! Hannah Tinti is the author of three books of fiction. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, was published in March 2017 by The Dial Press (U.S.A.) and Tinder Press (U.K.), and has been optioned by director Matt Reeves/6th & Idaho, producer Michael Costigan/Cota Films & Endemol Shine. It has been nominated for an Edgar Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Washington Post and Paste Magazine. Apply now!
OPPORTUNITIES and AWARDS for WRITERS
Alaska Writers Guild‘s quarterly writing contest, open to members and non-members alike, is open to fiction submissions through May 25, children’s lit through August 24, and poetry through November 16, 2018. More details: https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/writing-contest Hometown Reads is in Anchorage! A website dedicated to locating authors near you, Hometown Reads has a section for Anchorage. Sign up to have your book displayed and join the Facebook page to brainstorm ways to advertise and sell books locally. Check it out at https://hometownreads.com.
Anthology publication Black Coffe & Vinyl is accepting submissions for its current theme, “Ice Culture.” The publication will accept literature, visual art, and music, and be available both online and in print. Submission deadline is May 31. Details here.
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