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Memorial Day by Dan Branch

It’s going to rain in Juneau on Memorial Day. It will rain the entire weekend. That won’t stop our local Toyota dealer from offering holiday discounts on cars sales or prevent the Home Depo or Fred Meyers from advertising Memorial Day price cuts. Rain won’t discourage families who were quick enough to reserve a shelter …

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POV and Revision: Lessons from Harper Lee By Andromeda Romano-Lax

This blogpost originally appeared, in a different version, in 2015. But I’ve retrieved and adapted it here because I just talked to my agent today about a novel I’ll be revising—dramatically—creating major POV and plot changes from at least the midpoint, an entire cascade of changes that promises to occupy me for two months, and …

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Keema Waterfield’s Inside Passage; Andromeda Romano-Lax Interview of a Great New Writer

  Keema Waterfield’s Inside Passage (Green Writers Press, forthcoming spring 2021) is a memoir chronicling her peripatetic childhood “chasing music with her twenty-year-old mother on the Alaskan folk festival circuit” while yearning for home. Kirkus Reviews called it “a wild remembrance that will keep readers engaged” and the late Sherry Simpson enthused, “heartbreaking but never …

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2021 Poetry Broadside Submission 30: PROLONGED WINTER By Sondra Porter, Trapper Creek

PROLONGED WINTER By Sondra Porter, Trapper Creek   I am waiting, impatiently, six feet behind a man Who drones on, “Spring is early, won’t see another dump, Snow’s going fast, I’m taking my snow tires off.” Me? I am waiting to take my snow tires off I am waiting for clearer signs of spring For …

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2021 Poetry Broadside Submission 28: BUDS AND THE GOLDEN SHOVEL after Nora Marks Dauenhauer By Tamara Holman, Soldotna

BUDS AND THE GOLDEN SHOVEL after Nora Marks Dauenhauer By Tamara Holman, Soldotna   Warm April hike, all forest beings’ breath bated. First sign of spring’s annual creation anticipated. The earth is soft, snow melts. Cottonwoods’ puckering trunks, topped with speckled branches. Tiny buds poised. Soon to be exploding with life! Air filled with their …

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2021 Poetry Broadside Submission 26: FOX CREEK CABIN By Saundra Middleton, Anchorage

FOX CREEK CABIN By Saundra Middleton, Anchorage   Blistered heels in boots twelve miles old. Packs, five meals shy of the four-day load, dropped On the porch of the hiker’s haven. Sox dried, bellies fed, laughter squeals Over the cascading creek, Until yawns welcome early bedtime hugs. A porcupine prickle whittles away The posts beneath …

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