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Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Listening to a Literary Monk

Listening to a Literary Monk: Balancing Writing with Silence Thomas Merton chose to live on the margins. As an isolated Trappist monk, he joined a strict and austere religious order as a deep and profound act of cultural resistance. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani on December 10, 1941 at age 26, a newly confirmed …

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Active Voice | Richard Chiappone: Whoever Fights Monsters

Our Active Voice: Writers Respond series asks Alaska writers to explore how current events and issues are shaping their work and their perspective on the state of our democratic values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty. The most important role in Active Voice is yours: we want to hear from you. Do you like a post, …

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Active Voice: Writers Respond | Erin Coughlin Hollowell

As summer turns to winter in Alaska, with a brief interlude long enough to weigh three-quarter ton pumpkins in Palmer that some might call fall, we are excited to announce the return of the blog series Active Voice: Writers Respond, a forum for Alaska writers to respond to current events and controversies on the national …

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Deb Vanasse | In These Times

Just when I think I’ve achieved equilibrium, there’s a jolt. Such is life. That’s the Zen way of thinking. But I’m a writer, and writing demands focus. Under certain circumstances—death, illness, tragedy, the potential demise of democracy—focus is hard. It won’t help with all circumstances, but one source of wisdom I’ve returned to time and …

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Active Voice by Jeremy Pataky | 100,000 Pennies for your Thoughts

Books can change minds, shape policy, and, according to at least one of Alaska’s former senators, alter “the course of human history.” In his new Anchorage Press column, “Yeah Write”, 49 Writers Executive Director Jeremy Pataky explores the societal impact of books like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the seminal environmental science book that made the …

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Active Voice | Jonathan Bower: We Must Revise Our Lives

Our new series, Active Voice: Writers Respond, asks Alaska writers to explore how current events and issues are shaping their work and their perspective on the state of our democratic values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty. In addition to this blog series, we will also host 49 Writers Active Voice events in Juneau and …

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Guest Blogger Don Rearden | Avoid the Wasteland: Pick.Click.Give. More

March slips out a snow-dumped, slightly shivering lamb—and the cruelest month is all but here. Here’s a little known alternative fact for you. T.S. Eliot was talking about April in Alaska for that section of The Waste Land. Didn’t know that did you? Although he died 17 years before the first dividend payment, and despite the …

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Charles Boyle | Active Voice: Writers Respond

We’re excited to announce a new series at 49 Writers, Active Voice: Writers Respond, that will call on you, the Alaska writing community, to react, reflect, and respond to current events. The opening months of 2017 have been tumultuous and unprecedented. The cultural, societal, and civic direction of our nation is being challenged under the new …

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