Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

49 Writers, 49 Reasons to become our Executive Director.  But time’s running out:  applications are due November 22. For a full job description and information on how to apply, go to http://www.49writingcenter.org and look for the downloadable .pdf document toward the bottom of the home page.

Wherever we go, we hear about young writers – kids and teens writing books, poetry, and more.  On Monday, November 21, our WYAK writers group for ages 15-18 will meet from 6:30 – 8 pm at Teen Underground, and on Monday, November 28, our WYAK writers group for ages 12-14 will meet, also from 6:30-8 pm at Teen Underground. Visit www.wyakwriters.com or see our Facebook event for details.

Looking for a fun, informal gathering of writers?  Want to hear more about craft and publishing?  Look no farther than our free Reading and Craft Talks, debuting December 8 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Café Felix/Metro Books with Don Rearden presenting “Writing is a Disease.” In this craft talk Rearden will share how he took a germ of an idea and cultured it into a full blown epidemic novel, The Raven’s Gift.  Don Rearden is an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently board president of 49 Writers. His poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in Ice-Floe, Chronogram, Cold Flashes, Copper Nickel, and Haunted Encounters. His films have aired on TMC and Showtime. His novel The Raven’s Gift, debuted with Penguin Canada in 2011.

It’s the season for giving, and we’ve got great ideas for the literary-minded on your list.  Thanks to a generous donation by Tom Sexton, we’re offering limited edition autographed broadsides of two John Haines poems, “On the Road” and “Poem of the Forgotten.” All proceeds benefit the John Haines Memorial Poetry Fund, which will help finance the 2012 Synergies series, an exciting line-up of dynamic events featuring well-known poets.  Another great gift option: 49Writers Gift Vouchers, good for one year on fees for classes, retreats, and other 49 Writers goodies.

Recently, two Alaska writers were among only five singled out by a major literary website. A Rasmuson Foundation post this week honors these recipients of Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award grants, our own Andromeda Romano-Lax and Eowyn Ivey.

For a comprehensive calendar of literary events throughout Alaska, visit http://www.alaskalitevents.com/.

Tonight, Friday November 18, 7pm, the English Graduate Organization  (EGO) of Fairbanks presents a special Literary Reading, featuring Jody Hassel (Non Fiction), Cody Kucker (Poetry) and Chris Miles (Poetry). Bear Gallery; free and open to the public.

On Saturday, November 19, 12.30pm, authors Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger will present Crude Awakening at Fireside Books, 720 S. Alaska St., Palmer. The story of Ted Stevens, Bill Allen and Sarah Palin and their political careers with the oil industry of Alaska in the background.
On Saturday November 19, 1-3pm, Heather Lende will be at Hearthside Books, Nugget Mall, 8745 Glacier Highway, Juneau, signing copies of her books If you lived here, I’d know your name, and Take good care of the garden and the dogs.

On Sunday, November 20, 204pm, the Indigo Tea Lounge will host the first of six VOICE Youth Open Mic’s. Ashlee Twiford, of the Brave New Alaskan Voices Poetry Slam Team will be the first featured reader. Contact Brian Hutton for more information.  

The Alaska Center for the Book is seeking an enthusiastic, organized individual to serve as the Reading Rendezvous Event Coordinator. This free, outdoor literacy fair, jointly sponsored by the Anchorage Public Library and the Alaska Center for the Book, will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012, on the Loussac Library grounds.
Position responsibilities include:
Twice-monthly meetings with committee members
Working closely with Library staff.
Conducting outreach to local media outlets and serving as spokesperson for the event.
Recruiting and coordinating booth participants.
Directing all activity onsite the night before and all day during the event.
Other duties as assigned by the committee.

There is a small stipend paid for by the Alaska Center for the Book. Interested individuals may submit their resume to Sherri Douglas by December 1, 2011.

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