As we’re hammered by news of plummeting sales and other publishing woes, it’s nice to know that two Alaskan authors are among twelve recipients of the Rasmuson Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards.

Gretchen Deimer of Wasilla received funds to promote her new book of poetry, Between Fire and Water; Ice and Sky. Maia Nolan of Anchorage will use her grant money to take four months off from her day job so she can complete her first novel.

This recognition is in itself a gift: “The Foundation believes that the artist’s energy, ideas, and creative drive cannot bear fruit without periods of time devoted to experimentation, education, and personal reflection.” Well said, and many thanks.

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