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Vacation Returns by Sean Ulman

As the year turns in Alaska, outdoor rituals mark shifting seasons.  Picking berries, harvesting gardens, splitting wood, first frost… Upon my family’s return from an …

Revising is Hard by Kellie Doherty

As writers one of the key elements of our craft that we all know (and sometimes love) is the revision process. For the uninitiated, revising …

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Tidal Echoes: Literary Journal by Shaelene Moler

First published in 2004, Tidal Echoes is an annual Southeast Alaskan literature and arts journal administered by the University of Alaska Southeast. Although it originated …

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On Opinion Writing by Larry Persily

The first opinion piece I ever wrote for a newspaper was published on April 15, 1969. Unfortunately, it was disguised as a news story. Not …

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Confessions of a Late Bloomer by Richard Chiappone

I have a confession to make: I never wanted to write a book. Individual stories, yes. But books (novels), never. Until fairly recently. Over all …

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Read This? By Dan Branch

Seven or eight years ago, I retired from a state job and spent years getting an MFA in writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. …

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Seventeen minutes By Andromeda Romano-Lax

Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog, wrote that bestseller 17 minutes at a time. Employed as a teacher, and also …

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About Frank, About the Garden By Mary Odden

The day before a frost hit our garden, August 19, our friend Frank Soos was killed in a one-person bike accident on a road in …

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IN MEMORIAM: FRANK SOOS (1950-2021)

At 49 Writers, we are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Frank Soos, beloved board member and program chair, whose contributions to Alaska’s writing …

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