ANCHORAGE | July-Sept, 2018 | 49 Writers presents Danger Close Alaska: programming meant to build a literary community of civilians and veterans. One night per month for six consecutive months (one remaining), Danger Close will focus on food, drink, discussion, and writing on different topics, shared between veterans and civilians. Click here for more information and registration for September’s event once it opens.
- August 22, 2018: August’s event has passed. Stay tuned for the final event in September!
ANCHORAGE | The UAA Campus Bookstore will be holding several literary events through the month of September 2018. All events are free and open to public. For additional information, see the Campus Bookstore Event Calendar here.
- Thursday, September 6 at 5 PM: Daniel Henry presents Across the Shaman’s River: John Muir, The Tlingit Stronghold and the Opening of the North. Across examines what happened when a Tlingit community, closed off from intruders for over a century, encountered explorer John Muir. Author Daniel Henry is an instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and the founder of the Alaska Native Oratory Society. Held at UAA Campus Bookstore, free & open to public.
- Wednesday, September 12, from 4-6 PM: Fred E. Woods presents Melting the Ice: A History of Latter-day Saints in Alaska. According to Ross A. Coen, editor of Alaska History, “Alaska has one of the highest per capita populations of Latter-day Saints of any state in the nation, yet no scholarly history has been written about the LDS Church in the Last Frontier. Until now.” Woods has completed a BS in Psychology, MS in International Relations, and PhD in Middle East Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible. Note: Woods will also be a guest speaker at the Alaska Historical Society Conference in Nome.
- Friday, September 14 from 1-2:30 PM: Poets Jon Davis and Joan Kane present “Skills, Prosody, and Wildness in the Academy.” How is everything poetry while nothing is poetry? How does teaching others govern one’s own creative process? Are poets different from writers of other genres? These questions, coupled with poetry readings, are the focus where taking in poems makes poems. Jon Davis is the author of four poetry collections, including Improbable Creatures. He has received several honors including a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry and two NEA Fellowships, and he founded the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Joan Kane is an Alaskan poet and the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and numerous fellowships. A Harvard National Scholar, she became 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.
ANCHORAGE | Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 7-9 PM | Cold Front: A Zine Release Party. Alaska Rising Tide has compiled a new zine entitled Cold Front to be printed and distributed through our movement networks in Alaska and the lower 48. The goal of this project is to share reflections from the decolonization and climate justice movements working in Alaska through written pieces, art, poetry, photography and creative work that captures our communities and the local climate justice movement. Learn more at their Facebook event or on their Indiegogo page.
ANCHORAGE | Sept 11, 2018, 6-9 PM | 12 cap Carr Gottstein building CH2MHill Boardroom
Alaska Public University, price: $25 / $19 | 49 Writers presents: Cutting the River(s) | A Poetry Workshop co-taught by Jon Davis and Joan Naviyuk Kane. This workshop will invite participants to generate drafts through close observation/recollection. We will ask poets to begin to engage the imagination as they work to distance themselves from the originating impulse of their poems. Poets at all levels are welcome, but this is not the workshop for people who like to say what they mean, mean what they feel, feel what they mean, and then write a poem about it. Instead, it will create space to move in and out of the lyric mode. Participants will generate drafts, revise new work, and investigate form. Enrollment capped at 12. Supported in part by APU. REGISTER.
ANCHORAGE | Sept 12, 2018, 7 pm | FREE, Carr Gottstein building Lecture Hall, Alaska Public University |49 Writers presents: Trading Fours * Live Poetry by Jon Davis and Joan Naviyuk Kane. 49 Writers is pleased to present poets Jon Davis and Joan Naviyuk Kane reading together live. Thereading will be followed with a Q and A and signing. Free parking. Supported in part by APU.
Jon Davis is the author of four full-length poetry collections—Improbable Creatures (Grid Books, 2017), Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron, 1995), and Dangerous Amusements (Ontario Review Press, 1987); five chapbooks; and Heteronymy: An Anthology (LaNana Creek Press, 2016), a limited-edition letterpress book in collaboration with the artist Jamison Chas Banks. Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces (Tebot Bach Press, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. After teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts for 23 years, he founded the IAIA MFA in Creative Writing and directed it from 2013-2018.
Joan Naviyuk Kane’s books and chapbooks of prose and poetry include The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife (2009), Hyperboreal (2013), The Straits (2015), Milk Black Carbon (2017), A Few Lines in the Manifest (2018), and Sublingual (2018). She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, has won a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the School for Advanced Research, and the Aninstantia Foundation. Kane was a Harvard National Scholar, and the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children as a single mother in Anchorage, Alaska.
HOMER | Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:30 PM | 49 Writers presents a reading and book signing with author Hannah Tinti Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, 533 E Pioneer Ave, Homer, AK. FREE
CONFERENCES, RETREATS, and RESIDENCIES
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. A last minute spot has become available. Find details on our web site.
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.
Denali National Park & Reserve (MP 231 Parks Hwy) | Monday, August 27, 2018 from 7-8 PM | Author Adrienne Lindholm of coming-of-age memoir It Happened Like This will be holding a 30-min talk and slideshow. She’ll cover wild places, personal growth, loss and healing, and writing books, and be open to questions and answers after. For more information, see her website and book trailer.
OPPORTUNITIES and AWARDS for WRITERS
Alaska Writers Guild‘s quarterly writing contest, open to members and non-members alike, is open for children’s lit through August 24, and poetry through November 16, 2018. Sadly, submissions for fiction are closed. More details: https://www.alaskawritersguild.com/writing-contest
The Alaska Writers Guild’s Lin Halterman Memorial Grant: applications open through September 5, 2018. For 2018, the Lin Halterman Grant will offer three separate monetary awards of $500 for use toward literary pursuits. See their website for more details and to apply.
Wildheart, an Alaskan women’s magazine, is accepting submissions through October 14, 2018 for their Winter issue. The theme will be Change: stories of weather, scenery, mind, mood, and heart. See their website for details and to submit.
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.
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