49 Writers Weekly Roundup

The deadline for our annual “Ode to a Dead Salmon” contest
is drawing closer! Don’t disappoint our illustrious judges – Nancy Lord, Bill
Sherwonit, and Ray Troll- who eagerly await the 2012 batch of your best worst
Here’s a quick reminder of the rules:
Entries must conform
to our editorial policy.
We need your real name
and real email address. If you want your entry to be posted under a pseudonym
or left anonymous, please state so in your email.
No more than three
entries per person.
No more than 800 words
per entry (limerick, haiku, opening lines are fine).
Entries must be your
own original work.
You keep the copyright
but by entering you’re giving us permission to post.
All entries must be
emailed to 49writers@gmail.com by July 31, 2012.
Our apologies if you already tried to submit to the
incorrect email address provided previously – don’t give up, please try again!
Congratulations to the four recipients
of recipients of the 2012 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) Awards, who
were honored by the Alaska Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the U.S.
Library of Congress Center for the Book, at a ceremony at UAA this week. The
awards go to people and institutions who have made a significant contribution
in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken
word in Alaska. More than 55 people and organizations statewide have been
honored over the past 20 years.

Sandy Solenberger was selected for her volunteer
work with the Tuzzy Consortium Library, Best Beginnings, the Imagination Library
and Friends of the Library in Barrow. Her focus on literacy for young
children reaches outside Barrow to seven villages across the North Slope. Greg Hill,
director of the Noel Wien Public Library in Fairbanks, was nominated for his
creation of “Guys Read”, aimed at increasing readership among fourth grade boys
in Fairbanks. The humorous and innovative program has spread to other
communities in the Interior, and to a “Gals Read” program as well. Tom Sexton
has celebrated Alaska and poetry for decades. The former UAA professor helped
establish the school’s creative writing program, was 
a poetry editor of the
Alaska Quarterly Review, and served as Alaska
s poet laureate in
1995. He is the author of 11 collections of poetry; Bridge Street at Dusk is his most recent.
Rachel Epstein
organizes events at the UAA Campus Bookstore, and enthusiastically promotes
Alaskan writers and writing. She brings a steady line-up of Alaskan authors to
the attention of the campus and Anchorage community, as well as events for
students and amateur writers. 

Do you
use the Loussac for research for school or work? The Library needs your input
to learn how the Loussac can better meet your needs today and in the future. They
hope you will join them at an upcoming focus group specifically for
researchers. Mark your calendars to join the discussion on Friday,
August 10, 11am to 1pm at the Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room. Your input will
be incorporated in the Z.J. Loussac Library Facility Master Plan, which will
set the scope for a once-in-a-generation renovation of this important community
landmark. The Library wants to ensure that major changes to the facility
reflect the needs and desires of the community. To date, two community
workshops have been held with attendance of more than 100 at each, and 866
responses to the online survey have been received. This series of focus groups
will help the project team get ideas and feedback from audiences who are
important to the future of the library, but may not have been represented
earlier in the process.
is limited. RSVP to stockertce@muni.org by July 31. More information can be found at www.LoussacFuture.org
The Hope Libary invites you to visit
Hope for summer fun on Saturday,
August 4, 11am to 4pm
.  Check out their poster for the fabulous line-up
of authors
We’re pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for our
writers! Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization
serving creative writers, is inviting Alaskan writers to apply for the 2013 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award.
Each year, P&W invites fiction writers and poets from a
selected state to apply for the award. This year, eligible writers are
residents of Alaska who have never published a book, or have published only one
full-length book, of fiction or poetry. The judges for 2013 are Ann Napolitano for
fiction and Afaa Michael
 for poetry.
The winner in each category will each receive an
all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary
professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers.
While in New York, winners will also give a public reading hosted by Poets
& Writers. In addition, each winner is invited to spend a month at the 
Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming.
The prestigious award, which aims to provide promising
writers a network for professional advancement, has helped to launch the
careers of Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), Elaine Beale (Another
Life Altogether
), Sandra Beasley (Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl),
David Mura (Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei), Fae Myenne Ng (Bone),
Mona Simpson (My Hollywood), and others.  
You can download the guidelines and application form at at.pw.org/wexaward. Entries must
be postmarked by December
1, 2012
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