Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

On Friday November 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Steve Kahn, The Hard Way Home and Anne Coray, Violet Transparent, will be signing for Raven’s Place First Friday series at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, new home of the 49 Writers First Friday book signings. See Steve Kahn’s interview with Mariah Oxford right here earlier this week.

Calling all writers in Southeast Alaska! 49 Writers is headed your way, and we’d love to meet with you at one of our no-host Writers Gatherings. Come catch the excitement, tell us about your writing, and share ideas about how we can better serve your area. In Ketchikan: Monday, Nov. 15, 4:30-5:30 pm at The Point (across the parking lot from the Plaza Mall in the new condo complex on the water). In Sitka: Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9 am Smith Street Cafe (215 Smith Street — formerly the Grind Cafe). In Juneau: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2 pm, Silverbow Café, 2nd St. For all gatherings, please RSVP with Deb at 49writers@gmail.com or 907-388-9303.

On Friday November 5th, 6-9pm, at MTS Gallery, there will be a special reception for Alaska Native Heritage Month, featuring a talk by Inspiration curator, Ronald Senungetuk, and special live performances by poet Joan Kane and Allison Warden, aka AKU-MATU.

On Fri, Nov 5, 3:30pm at Hearthside Books, Downtown Juneau, Alaska, Join Mandy Lindeberg and Sandra Lindstrom as they sign copies of their new water-resistant book, Field Guide to Seaweeds of Alaska.

On Friday November 5 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore, there will be a Junk to Funk Workshop. A Fund Raiser for Kids Kitchen: Herminia Din’s Art Appreciation Classes present Journals & Blank Books from Recycled Papers. Come by and make your own and let your creative spirit rise. Event is sponsored by the UAA Art Department; UAA Office of Sustainability; and the UAA Campus Bookstore.

Fri, Nov 5, 6:00pm at Jitters, Eagle River, Alaska First Friday reading will feature music and poetry from the Alaska Quarterly Review. Poet and regular 49 Writing Center volunteer Susanna Mishler will read from the current AQR.

On Sat, Nov 6, 12:00pm at Barnes & Noble, 200 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK, there will be a reading of Survival at 40 Below with Debbie Miller and Jon Van Zyle.

Arctic Light’s Elementary School located on Fort Wainwright will have its annual Book Fair on Saturday, November 6 at Barnes and Noble in Fairbanks to celebrate and honor our Country’s “Freedom to Read” with a Veterans’ Day Book Fair . This invitation is an opportunity to ALL published authors and illustrators (for both adult and juvenile literature) – who are interested and happen to be in FAIRBANKS and available on this day. IF your books are available for Barnes and Noble to order for this event AND you are interested in participating, please email stihlerunits@mosquitobytes.com to schedule a signing time.

Marybeth Holleman will read from Heart of the Sound on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Grant Hall Theater at APU in Anchorage. The reading accompanies a lecture on the Gulf Oil Disaster by marine conservation professor Rick Steiner. Holleman will sign books after the lecture.

On Tuesday November 9 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore, Dimi Macheras, Lee Post, and Shanley McCauley offer a free graphic illustrators workshop focusing on their work in A Native Lad: Benny Benson Tells Alaska’s Story, written by Sarah Hurst. The event is held in celebration of Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month. Sponsors include Share the Spirit: The Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month Committee; UAA ANAIHM Committee; UAA Diversity Action Council; and the UAA Campus Bookstore.

On Tuesday November 9 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, at the UAA Campus Bookstore, Will Jacobs presents R.A.F. Bomber Command 1944-1945: the Origins of “Precision” Air Attack at NightWill Jacobs is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was educated at Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire (B.S.-1966) and the University of Oregon (M.A.-1968 and Ph.D.-1972). First appointed to the Anchorage Senior College of UAA in 1973, he served in the departments of history and political science for 29 years. At his retirement in 2002, he was Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. He serves as an assistant to the provost on a part-time basis.

On Tue, Nov 9, 6:30pm at the 49 Writing Center, 645 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK Flash Fiction, a six-hour, two-session 49 Writers workshop taught by David Marusek. Preregistration required.

On Wed, Nov 10, 11:00am at Mendenhall Valley library, Juneau, “Write For Your Life” group, 11 a.m.-noon every Wednesday, Mendenhall Valley library. Share a journal, memoir, a letter or poetry. Details: Dixie, 907.789.2068.

On Wed, Nov 10, 12:00pm Haiku on the Street (Juneau) Outside the Canvas, Juneau.

On Wednesday November 10 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore, Dr. Nancy Furlow presents “Two Sides of Terrorism: Tlingit Perspectives of the 1882 Angoon Bombardment”. Dr. Nancy Furlow is interim director of Alaska native Studies at UAA.

On Wed, Nov 10, 5:30pm at the Douglas Library, Juneau, Alaska, begins an exploration of books adapted to movies. This month, they’ll read Persepolis (Complete) by Marjane Satrapi and then watch the film (10/20) and discuss the process, what makes or breaks an adaptation. 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays through December. Call (907) 586-0442 for more info.

On Thursday November 11 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, at the UAA Campus Bookstore, Jeremy Edward Shiok presents Atoll: A Historical Journey to the Central Pacific. A writer, editor, and publisher, Jeremy Edward Shiok has lived in Alaska since 2000. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003 and has taught in the CWLA Dept at UAA. He is publisher and editor of the literary journal, Two Review. This event is held in honor of Veterans Day.

Next Friday and Saturday, November 12th and 13th at Alaska State Arts Council conference room 161 S Klevin St, there will be a Teaching Artist Symposium. Are you an artist? Have you ever wanted to do an artist residency in the schools? This symposium will provide in-depth training emphasizing how to work effectively with students of all ages in varied settings as a Teaching Artist, in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska. Each session features expert teachers, administrators and consultants who share knowledge, skills and techniques to equip you to work effectively in Anchorage classrooms and beyond. Cost: $50 which includes dinner on the 12th & lunch on the 13th. Contact Ruth Glenn, Arts in Education Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts, 269-6682.

Vivian Faith Prescott, a resident of Sitka, Alaska, has published her first poetry chapbook online at White Knuckle Press… Slick can be read free at https://sites.google.com/site/whiteknucklechaps/home/slick. “In the age of oil, Slick invokes the voices of people and cultures shaped by oil. “Let me measure how deep the oil sludge, how thick the fumes in your house, how flammable the benzene in your cells, how deep the oilman’s pockets…”
Vivian Faith Prescott is the Co-Director of a non-profit called Raven’s Blanket which is designed to perpetuate the cultural wellness and traditions of Indigenous peoples. At the U.S.C.G. Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico, Vivian facilitates adult and teen writers’ groups. See Vivian’s website or her blog.

Congratulations to former Alaska resident Ann Chandonnet, who has signed a contract with Salmon Poetry Ltd. of County Clare, Ireland, for a book of “selected and new” poems. Tentatively titled Strong Measures, the book is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2012. Chandonnet lived in Alaska for 34 years, retiring to North Carolina with her husband four years ago. Her latest book is Write Quick”: War and a Woman’s Life in Letters, 1835-1867 (Winoca Press, Wilmington, N.C.).

The deadline for submissions for December and also for January’s editions of F Magazine is next Wednesday, November 10th. The theme for the December issue is “Villains, Scoundrels and Low Down Dirty Bastards.” As usual, the theme is open to interpretation. Poetry – no more than 1 page long, Short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction – 500-800 words. Please include the title of your piece and your name on every submission! Please title your document file: type of submission_Month_last name.doc (or jpg) (ie, poetry_dec_ballas.doc) Submit by e-mail to Teeka Ballas, or poetry submissions to Bruce Farnsworth.

Help save wild poetry! /Ice Floe/ returns as a book series from the University of Alaska Press. New volumes will be forthcoming in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Ice Floe is seeking poetry to be considered for inclusion in the volume to be published in 2010. Electronic submissions — no more than five poems — can be sent by e-mail to icefloe@uaa.alaska.edu or by mail to University of Alaska Press, c/o Ice Floe, P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks, 99775-6240. The deadline is Jan. 1, 2010

What is it about circumpolar space that’s different from space anywhere else?
Enter Arctica’s Writing Space contest. Categories are poetry, creative non-fiction and short fiction. Submit a long poem (up to five pages) or poems (up to five), short fiction or a non-fiction essay (up to 3,500 words maximum) that explores the theme of space and the circumpolar region—literally or figuratively, it’s up to you. Check out details here: deadline is midnight, April 1 2011.

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