49 Writers Weekly Round Up

Be sure to take advantage of the 2012 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading series with keynote speaker Gary Snyder on July 8, 8:00 pm in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA Anchorage campus. UAA faculty will read and speak every evening (except July 13) July 9-17, at 8:00 pm in Fine Arts 150 at UAA. Click here for a printable schedule of readings.

  • Sunday July 8: Gary Snyder (Wendy Williamson Auditorium)
  • Monday July 9: Ed Allen, Nancy Lord, Valerie Miner
  • Tuesday July 10: Jo-Ann Mapson, Eva Saulitis, Derick Burleson
  • Wednesday July 11: Graduating Students Reading
  • Thursday July 12: Rich Chiappone, Zack Rogow, Linda McCarriston
  • Saturday July 14: Ernestine Hayes, Sean O’Grady, Carolyn Turgeon
  • Sunday July 15: Anne Caston, Craig Childs
  • Monday July 16: David Stevenson David Kranes
  • Tuesday July 17: Sherry Simpson, Andromeda Romano-Lax

We would like to remind you too about the upcoming statewide Pitchapalooza events being organized by Craig Public Library. We are working with them to identify an Anchorage location to connect via the Alaska OWL Project and will update you next week. Meanwhile, check to see if your public library is on the OWL map and find out if they are willing to connect into these workshops from your community.

Registrations are coming in fast for the virtual critique workshop offered by our partner the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Early registrants have a better chance of picking the professional agent they want to work with, so don’t delay if you plan to attend. Manuscripts are due July 15, and the workshop will take place on August 11 (time and location to follow). The fee is $50 for SCBWI members and $55 for non-SCBWI members, and you can register via the 49 Writers website.

The schedule for the Pitchapalooza event with Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry is: Thursday, August 16, 7pm; Friday, August 17, 3pm; Saturday, August 18, 2pm. The Writers Workshop events with Chris Baty, Grant Faulkner, and Chris Angotti are: Thursday, August 16 at 10am & 2pm; Saturday, August 18 at 10am & 7pm; Tuesday, August 21, 6pm. For more information, email library@craigak.com.

Look for the details of this year’s Ode to a Dead Salmon bad writing contest in the July 5 blog post. In past years this competition has garnered widespread interest and even been mentioned in Alaska magazine. The deadline for entries will be July 31, so sharpen your pencils and fine-tune the tongue in your cheek!

The Fairbanks Arts Association presents The Community Writer’s Group at 7 pm July 7 at the Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.

Hurry, hurry, Sikans. The Sitka Historical Society, in partnership with the Island Institute, presents “A community Composed: Sitka in Writing,” a Community Curating Exhibit examining the cannon of writing that has come out of Sitka. The exhibit will cover many genres produced in or inspired by Sitka, works by Sitkans and non-Sitkans, illustrations, books from the museum’s collection, book sculpture and more. A section of the exhibit will include Sitkans’ favorite poems, quotes and excerpts of writing about Sitka or reminiscent of Sitka. Sitkans will have a chance to read their submissions at the opening reception, July 13 at 5:30 pm.To submit a piece of writing, excerpt or quote by you or someone else to be exhibited or to apply to read at the opening reception, visit www.sitkanhistory.org for an application or email Jackie at curator@sitkahistory.org. (907-747-6455) Deadline is July 9.

The Pacific Northwest Writers Conference takes place July 19-22 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. For more information go to pnwa.org.

Alaska poet Tom Sexton presents his just published collection of Lowell poems, “Bridge Street at Dusk,” from 1-2:30 pm Monday, July 23, at the UAA Campus Bookstore, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage. The event is free, and free parking is available in the South Lot, across from the bookstore. For more information visit the UAA Campus Bookstore (907-786-4782).

The Pacific Northwest Writers Conference takes place July 19-22 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Conference price is approximately $400-$700, depending on when you sign up, and gives participants access to editors, agents, panels, workshops and other authors. Sign up soon; last year the conference sold out.

Dianna Hutts Aston hosts “Once Upon a Time in San Miguel de Allende,” a three-day intensive children’s writers workshop in Mexico Oct. 12-15 or Oct. 26-29. Price is $695 per session.

And don’t forget to check out what’s happening on the Alaska Literary Events Calendar.


Got kids? Then a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant might be for you. The program awards $6,000 grants to visual and writing artists who have at least one child under the age of 18. A number of $1,000 grants will also be awarded. Deadline is Sept. 1.

The Black Box Poetry Prize seeks full-lenght poetry collections from poets at any stage of their careers. Zach Savich will judge. Send submissions to rescuepressprize@gmail.com by July 31. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a reading fee in an amount of their choosing—collected funds help publish the winning manuscript. Results will be announced in fall 2012. Winning manuscript(s) will be published in fall 2013.

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