Deb: 49 Writers weekly round-up

Congratulations to Nancy Lord, who has been selected as this year’s Denali National Park’s Writer in Residence.  Nancy will be the Park’s guest during her stay at the East Fork Cabin. John Morgan, last year’s Writer in Residence, was the first in the new program; check out our archives to read about his experience there.  And look for Nancy’s review of the latest edition of the Alaska Quarterly Review to post here next week.

On Thursday March 25 from 1 p.m. -3 p.m. at the UAA Campus Bookstore, Brian Fagan, best selling author of more than 25 books, presents his latest book Cro Magnon.  Fagan’s visit is sponsored by the Alaska Anthropological Association and the UAA Anthropology Department.  He will also speak at 7:30pm at the UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Also at the UAA Bookstore, poets Tom Sexton, Mike Burwell, and Arlitia Jones will present “Works in Progress” on Thursday April 1 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Tom Sexton is former Alaska poet laureate, author of the collections A Clock With No Hands and For the Sake of the Light; Mike Burwell teaches at UAA and is the editor of the online literary journal Cirque and author of The Cartography of Water; Arlitia Jones is the author of the collection Bandsaw Riots as well as numerous short and long plays.

Finally, on Tuesday, April 6 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., mask carver and story teller Nicholas Charles presents his book, Messenger Spirits.  Says Charles, “This is a small collection of stories, inspired poems, and mask descriptions I wrote in 1991 when my parents were still alive to accompany some of the Yup’ik masks I carved at the time. The stories and masks are based upon Yup’ik folklore, historical characters and legends from the Yukon Kuskokwim delta region of Alaska. The style and form I chose to tell the tales and legends are done to animate and illustrate the stories.”

In Anchorage, I’m hosting an initial get-together of writers for children and young adults on Wednesday, April 28 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Starbucks conference room at the corner of Dimond and Old Seward. Come prepared to talk about any projects you have in the works or any you hope to pursue, and bring ideas about how the group can best meet your needs. If you’d like a 10 to 15 minute group critique of up to five pages (typed, double-spaced), bring six copies. PLEASE RSVP to if you plan to attend so I’ll know how many to expect.

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