49 Writers Weekly Round-up

happy to report a successful Crosscurrents in Kodiak last weekend, with good
attendance at all three events featuring Homer author Eva Saulitis (despite
beautiful weather and whale watching opportunities). We are immensely grateful
to our wonderful local partners, Kodiak College and the Kodiak National
Wildlife Refuge, and to local author Sara Loewen for not only making all the arrangements
but also joining Eva for an on-stage conversation, Where Mind Meets Heart:
Turning Science into Art. Thank you again to the Alaska Humanities Forum for
making this project possible.
Although our spring season is officially over, we have managed to squeeze in one more literary treat for you all: don’t miss the opportunity to meet Debra
when she’s in Anchorage next week. Monday, May 6, 11:30-1:00 pm, by joining
us for her seminar on Publishing Nonfiction (bring your own lunch). Free
admission to 49 Writers members. Suggested donation of $5 for non-members.
Monday, May 6, 5:30-7:00 pm, Debra will
give a talk on Pitfalls of the Memoir. Cheese and wine will be served. $10 for 49
Writers members, $15 for non-members.
Register online.
Both events will take place at Alaska Public Media, 3877 University Drive,
Anchorage. If you missed Debra’s recent blog post on writing scenes, you can
it here
. And of course, if you’re in Homer you’re hopefully getting to take her in-depth course this very weekend!

Congratulations to Aleria Jensen,
whose essay Gathering Indigo was included in the 2012 anthology
“Wonder and Other Survival Skills: A Selection of Essays from Orion
Magazine”, which is now available as part of the Orion Reader Series at 

Also, Flashes of War by Katey Schultz has now been published. You can order a copy at Katey’s website or through your local bookstore. For book tour updates, follow her blog or Facebook page. Katey featured in one of our very first craft talks in February last year, taught a successful Submission Workshop for 49 Writers, and spent time as writer-in-residence at The Island Institute in Sitka.

Friday, May 3 from 2:00-3:30pm, UAA Campus BookstoreJohn Tippets presents Heart of Courage: The Gillam Plane crash and the Amazing True Story of Survival in the Frozen Wilderness of Alaska. In this book, he brings to life the amazing true account of the 1943 Gillam plane crash in the wilderness of southeast Alaska. Pilot Harold Gillam, with five others, including CAA engineer, Joseph Tippets, the author’s father, had left Seattle on January 5th en route to a scheduled refueling stop near Ketchikan when disaster struck – the survivors enduring a month in the wilderness. All UAA Campus Bookstore events  are free, open to the public, with free parking in the South Lot, the lot across from the bookstore.

Saturday, May 4, 7:00 pm, at the Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, you can attend the Fairbanks Alaska Literary Series Book Launch Celebration and Reading. Featured authors are Erin Hollowell, Pause, Traveler (poems) (Homer) Red Hen Press/Boreal Books; Carolyn Kremers, Upriver (poems) (Fairbanks) University of Alaska Press; Sara Loewen, Gaining Daylight (nonfiction) (Kodiak) University of Alaska Press; Mei Mei Evans , Oil and Water (novel) (Anchorage) University of Alaska Press; and Peggy Shumaker, Toucan Nest (poems) (Fairbanks) Red Hen Press. Don’t miss this wonderful evening! For more information, contact Jill Shipman at Fairbanks Arts Association (907-456-6485).

On Friday, May 17, 12-1pm, the Alaska World Affairs Council presents Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Lewis Simon at the Hilton Hotel, sponsored by UAA, the Alaska Writers Guild, and Anchorage Public Library. For more information about Simon and the Alaska World Affairs Council, visit www.alaskaworldaffairs.org.
Pay at the door $26 Members/$35 Non-Members, $15 Dessert.

Alaska Women Speak is looking for
poetry, prose, and journalistic articles up to 1200 words for its upcoming issues.
The theme for the summer is “She did it anyway.” Submissions deadline is May 20. Please send to alaskawomenspeak@yahoo.com. Cover
art and creative photography may be sent as jpeg images.

Poetry Parley’s May featured poet, Gretchen Diemer, has picked
Benjamin Alire Saenz as the month’s “marquee poet.” There is little of his work
online but here is a link to an interview.
If you are interested in reading some of his poems
for this month’s Parley, please contact poetryparley@gmail.com

Mark your calendars for Alaska Writers Guild’s May Program, “First
Lines and Sentences” with editor Rebecca Goodrich. After the program, the
opportunity to submit the first 250 words of your own work for critique by
Rebecca for just $10 ($15 for non-members).
Tuesday May 21, 7pm
, Jitters Coffee House, Eagle River.

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) is accepting proposals for education sessions at the annual trade show, to take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center at the airport in Portland, Oregon. The education sessions will be held Sunday, October 6, and the exhibit hall will be open Monday and Tuesday, October 7–8. Education sessions are 75 minutes long and can be seminars, workshops, or panels. They are divided by audience: Booksellers, Librarians, and Authors/Independent Publishers. Successful topics tend to address technology, the changing face of publishing, marketing, and innovative solutions to common challenges. Find more information here. Deadline for proposals is Friday, June 21.

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