49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Thank you to those of you who have already made a year-end
financial gift to 49 Writers in response to our annual
for support. Direct contributions from
the community make up one-third of our budget, and Alaska’s writers and readers
have always been generous in their giving. Visit our website for more information
about our programs and activities in 2012. It’s easy to donate online – just click here!

On December 3, 7:00
, at Great Harvest Bread Company, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon
will give a Reading & Craft Talk entitled “Stirring Words” –a discussion of
how she brings all things culinary to the table and to her writing.
On Wednesday,
December 5, 7-9 pm
, at Indigo Tea Lounge, 221 East 5th Avenue,
Anchorage, we are inviting anyone who participated in one of our 2012 writing
classes or the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat to read from their published,
completed or work-in-progress inspired by what you learned.
Poems in Place,
a unique collaboration among Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a
steering committee of poets and writers and ultimately the residents of Alaska,
will kick off its next round of calls for poems with evenings of poetry
readings in Ketchikan and Fairbanks in the next couple of weeks. The Poems in
Place project will install a poem written by an Alaskan in each of the seven
regions of the Alaska State Park’s system in the coming years, including Totem
Bight State Historical Park and Chena River State Recreation Area in 2013.
Information about the Poems in Place project – and how writers can submit poems
to the project – will be available following the readings and through state
wide media in December 2012.
On Thursday,
November 29, 7 pm
, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council will
sponsor a poetry event at the Main Street Gallery. Please join us to hear
Ketchikan poets Teague Whalen, Ray Troll, Evon Zerbetz, Keith
Smith, Dave Kiffer, George Pasley, Tom Fowler, and former-Ketchikanite ErinCoughlin Hollowell  read poetry inspired by Southeast Alaska.
Hollowell is a member of the Poems in Place committee. She’ll explain how
anyone can submit a poem to be placed in Totem Bight State Park. Refreshments
and conversation will follow.
On Wednesday
December 12, 5:30-7 pm
in the Bear Gallery of the Fairbanks Arts
Association, Poems in Place, in collaboration with the Fairbanks Arts
Association, will host an informational gathering and poetry reading by some of
Fairbanks’ best known poets. Poets reading that evening will include JohnMorgan, Renee Singh, Derick Burleson, Rebecca Morse, Nicole
Stellon O’Donnell
and Carolyn Kremers. For more information, contact the
Fairbanks Arts Association at 907.456.6485.
Cinthia Ritchie‘s poem, “How She Died,” has been accepted
for an upcoming issue of Third
 Her creative
nonfiction piece, “Communion” has been accepted at The Boiler Journal and “Running Away From a Fat
Man’s Bed” in The
Foliate Oak Review.
Children’s author Sherry Shahan
is offering a free 30-minute Skype visit to schools and libraries that
use her new Alaskan-based adventure book Ice
as part of an Alaskan unit or in conjunction with the fun reading
incentive program, Idita-READ. It’s
a middle-grade adventure featuring young teens and their sled dogs, with the
information about the 1925 Serum Run and history of the Iditarod woven into the
story. If you are interested, please contact Sherry direct via her website. This is a great way for remote schools and libraries to
meet an author and learn about the inspiration behind her adventure novels.
International Journal of Literary Nonfiction sends out
an international call for submissions. the journal is based at Loyola Marymount
University. Essay, memoir, commentary; 1,000-5,000 words; black and white art,
photography. Submissions deadline: December
. Submit via email: editor@thetruthaboutthefact.com
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. 
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