49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Brendan reads his poem “My Grandma”
It was wonderful to see such a good turnout of young
writers and their families at last Friday’s Write Young Alaska (WYAK) anthology
reading. A huge thank you to Peggy Brannon of Kasuun Elementary who encouraged
so many of her former students to attend. Works read included poems and prose
created during our Writers in the Schools program (Feature Writing with Teeka
Ballas and Poetry with Kelsea Habecker) and winning entries from last year’s
WYAK writing contests. Thank you to WYAK program coordinator Stefanie Tatalias
for her excellent job as MC and to Barbara Hood and the staff at Great Harvest
Bread Company for hosting the event and for the delicious cookies.
Another month draws to an end and we can’t let the occasion
pass without a big shout out to our amazing 49 Writers volunteers: Martha
Amore, Kirsten Anderson, Karen Benning, Lucian Childs, Kirsten Dixon, Kellie
Doherty, Ela Harrison Gordon, Morgan Grey, Barbara Hood, Louise Freeman-Toole,
Arlene Jasper-Lidbergh, David Kanaris, Lorena Knapp, Debbie LaFleiche, Eric
Larson, Lizbeth Meredith, Susanna Mishler, Mariah Oxford, Jeremy Pataky, Don
Rearden, Cinthia Ritchie, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Steve Shamburek, Deb Vanasse.
You might wonder how they contributed to the organization, so here are some of
the tasks and projects they worked on this month: planning and coordinating
Alaska Book Week, Reading and Craft Talks, Synergies events, and literary
salons; procuring sponsorships; thanking our members and donors; hosting events;
designing posters; distributing posters around town; blogging; researching blog
interviews; updating website and posting to Facebook; bookkeeping; processing
class registrations; coordinating Tutka Bay Writers Retreat; and providing
governance on the board of directors. As you can see, our volunteers are
integral to the existence of 49 Writers–please take the opportunity to thank
these exceptional people for their support.
Our first Reading
and Craft Talk
of the season—“Twisted
History”—takes place on October 1, 7:00
, at Great Harvest Bread Company.
Kris Farmen
will talk about the process of researching and writing his recently published
novel Turn Again, a historical novel
set on the Kenai Peninsula in the 1880s. (The launch party for Turn Again takes place at Out North on October 10, 6:30 pm.) On November 14, 7:00 pm,
and Ice
) will talk about “The Art of Nonfiction,” and our featured author on
December 3, 7:00 pm, is Alaska food
Don’t forget to register for the fall workshop or workshops
you promised yourself you would take! Class dates are fast approaching: October 1 for our Fiction and
Children’s Literature apprenticeships, October
for “Writing Your Alaska” with Douglass Bourne, and October 9 for “Description and Detail: The Glint and the Squint”
with Deb Vanasse.
We are ramping up for Alaska Book Week, October 6-13.
Governor Parnell has put the official seal of approval on the event with his
! Be sure to check the Alaska Book
website for daily updates. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to tweet about #AKBookWeek Oct.
6-13 and link to our site, 
www.alaskabookweek.comWant to get involved or looking for ideas? We have authors
ready and willing to take part in any author events you might want to hold, so
email us at
49writers@gmail.com if you are interested. The poster is available on the
website to download and you can also order free bookmarks there. Various
activities are planned around the state, from a “Meet the Editor” event in
Fairbanks to a Romance Writers panel in Anchorage, and the week culminates with
a special 49 Writers Synergies event at Out North, “Workaday: New Poems, New
Play” on October 13, 7:00 pm
featuring poet Linda Gregerson and playwright Arlitia Jones. (Note: play
contains strong adult language.)
It’s not too soon to think about a unique Christmas gift
for the poetry lover in your life! There are two
John Haines broadsides left, selling for $50 each. Proceeds go to our Poetry Fund
that supports poetry workshops and Synergies events.
Lovegreen is looking for an Alaskan Young Adult to review on her website for
Alaska Book Week. If you are interested or know someone who might be
interested, please respond to
This fall 49 Writers has partnered again with the Alaska
SCWBI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) to offer a virtual
critique of your work in progress. Members of 49 Writers can register at the
SCWBI member rate. The deadline for submitting your work for the virtual
critique is October 11. The critique
workshop will take place on November 3.
Click here for more information and to register.
If you have news to share of publishing success, a book
signing, or any other literary activity in your community, feel free to email
us at
49writers@gmail.com and we’ll help to spread the word.
Tonight, Friday September
28, 7pm,
poet John Morgan will read for the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers
Bunnell Building, Schiable Auditorium, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For
more information:
Tomorrow, Saturday September 29, 11.30am, Barbara Jacko Atwater
will be signing copies of Walter’s Story:
Pedro Bay, Alaska – Past, Present, and Distant Memories.
Fireside Books,
720 S. Alaska St, Palmer.
On Sunday September
30, 7pm,
the Island Institute presents
the final reading of Montana
writer Robert Lee’s September residency. He’ll be reading some new poems
written while in Sitka and is eager for a Sitka audience. Desserts will be
served. Yaw Chapel on Sheldon Jackson Campus.

On Wednesday, October 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Philip Price, UAA Logistics
Professor and Balladeer, presents “In Dublin Town, Where I Was Born”,
a performance of traditional and original Irish songs. UAA Campus Bookstore. Free and open to all.

Join UAA’s acclaimed Alaska Quarterly Review for two
special free 30th Anniversary events to kick off Alaska Book Week:  On Thursday,
October 4, 7pm,
the “THE STONE OF HEAVEN: Alaska Quarterly Review 30th
Anniversary Poems” will be presented in the Loussac Library’s Wilda
Marston Theater.  This reading from AQR’s milestone 30th Anniversary Fall
and Winter 2012 edition features the best in contemporary poetry.
And on Friday,
October 5, from 5:30 to7pm
in both of APU’s Art Galleries is the opening
reception for the extraordinary “LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL”
exhibition. The exhibit features the photography and narratives of 68 of the
world’s best photojournalists from 23 nations. The publication in spring
and summer 2012 was acclaimed by the National Endowment for the Arts and this
event is Alaska’s premiere of the exhibition just returned from presentation at
the Frontline Club in London, UK, and display for more than two months at the
FOVEA EXHIBITION gallery in Beacon, NY, and for a month at the VII Gallery in
New York City with coverage in the TIME magazine Tumblr and The New York Times.
The VII Gallery opening panel discussion was also made into a public television
program and broadcast statewide in Alaska on September 8-10. Admission is free for both events.
On Thursday October 4th,
Five great bands help celebrate F Magazine’s second Audio F’ile
Music Compilation. Tap Root, 3300 Spenard. $7. Five of the eleven bands on the
compilation will be performing a righteous concert to celebrate the release of the
new compilation, which will be available at the event and in the new issue of F

Friday October 5th, 5-7pm  Author and Illustrator Teri Sloat will have her
illustrations on display in the large conference room and will present a talk,
“Visual Art and Story: connecting with kids,” at 6pm.  Sloat’s illustrations have brought many magical Alaskan
children’s books to life, including 
Magic, Dance on a Sealskin,
The Hungry Giant of the Tundra and more.  During her time
in Alaska, Sloat worked with the
Bilingual Center in Bethel, Alaska to
produce many bilingual books in Yup’ik and English.  Sloat recalls, “Years of living on the YK Delta, working with bilingual
programs and oral storytellers, has given me an ever-changing idea of what
makes a good story. Alaska continues to be a place to return to for great
journeys of the imagination.”

Arctic Cliffhangers, formerly known as Alaska’s Chapter of Sisters in Crime, are
hosting a Forensic Foray on Saturday October
. The group, which used to meet monthly in its mid-nineties heyday, now
convenes  up to twice a year. For more information, visit http://arcticcliffhangers.com/news.html.

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