Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Create a team, join a team, register as an at-home participant from any corner in Alaska, or register and plan to come to our Snow City RAVEN WRITE-A-THON (and extremely creative afterparty) on April 8th from 5 to 11 pm. You’re a rugged Alaskan individual, so we won’t be surprised if you have your own way to participate– and that’s just fine! (Click here to register yourself, support another participant, or just to see more about how this event works.) We’re twenty percent of the way to our minimum goal, with eleven individuals and four teams registered so far. Great sponsors have been showering us with prizes to pass on to participants. Maybe we should send something special to the farthest-away-AK-participant? (Other ideas? Leave them in the comments box.)

Registration is also open for our Tutka Bay retreat with Dani Shapiro, September 2-5.
We’re one-third full for that beautiful and rigorous weekend opportunity, made possible by Within the Wild Alaskan Adventure Lodges. Some great photos here at the lodge website.

Next classes coming up: Publishing in the Literary Market (March 26th), Beginnings: A Workshop (starts April 2nd), and a poetry class perfect for National Poetry Month, A Formal Feeling (April 16th).

The ladies of the Pulpwood Queens Book Group share their love of reading during an extra special story-time the second Saturday of every month. Saturday March 19th, 1pm; Barnes & Noble, Anchorage.

Brad Matsen, a Seattle writer with strong Alaska links (author of Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss) , invites Alaska marinophiles to join him, William Beebe, Otis Barton, and billions and billions of deep-ocean creatures on Saturday March 19th, for the airing of Fatal Pressure, the third episode of the series, The History Channel’s Underwater Universe, at 5:00 PM AK time.

Rilke’s Duino Elegies Discussion Group meets again on Sunday March 20th, at 2:30pm. Fireside Books, 720 S Alaska St., Palmer. They’re reading Stephen Mitchell’s translation.

The Anchor Park Reading Group will meet on Tuesday March 22nd for a discussion of this month’s selected book from 7 to 8pm. Barnes and Noble, Anchorage.

On Wednesday (and every Wednesday) at 6pm, the UAA Student Union Den holds an Open Mic. 2921 Spirit Way, Anchorage.

On Friday March 25th, at 7.30pm, Buddy Wakefield and Gaby Moreno feature at UAA, Arts 150.
Buddy Wakefield is the two-time Individual World Poetry Champion who has been featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records.
Emmy nominated, Gaby Moreno is immensely talented with a guitar and gifted with a soulful voice beyond her years mixing Spanish and English vocals. Gaby’s songs have been played on MTV’s “The Hills”, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and ABC’s “Off the Map”. General Admission: $10.00 in advance, or $15.00 at the door
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 9th
Tickets available in advance here, or the UAA Student Union Info Desk. For more information, please call (907) 786-1204.

On Friday, March 25th, at 7pm, the UAF Visiting Writers series presents poets Mark Doty and Paul Lisicky. UAF Museum of the North, Fairbanks.

On Saturday, March 26th, at 2:00pm, critically acclaimed novelist Don Rearden will be at Fireside Books, 720 S. Alaska Street, Palmer, to sign copies of “The Raven’s Gift.”

On Saturday, March 26th, from 2-4pm, author Kris Farmen will be signing copies of his novel, The Devil’s Share, at Gulliver’s Books in Fairbanks.

You are invited to attend the book launch of Eskimo Star: from the Tundra to Tinseltown: The Ray Mala Story. By Lael Morgan, author of the best-selling Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Tuesday March 29th, 6-9pm at the Anchorage Museum. The Mala Film Festival kicks off Wednesday March 30th at the Bear’s Tooth, with showings of Igloo and Last of the Pagans. On Thursday March 31st, the Bears Tooth will show Eskimo twice.

You are invited to enter Arctica Magazine’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.
Entries can be submitted by anyone, from anywhere. First prize in each category is $200. Runners-up receive some Arctica swag. Deadline is midnight April 1, 2011 (no joke).

49 Writers member Sue Pope received notice that one of her essays has been posted to the online journal Persimmon Tree. Here’s the link. The title of the essay is My Shadow.
Writer and UAF MFA graduate David Abrams shares his tribute to John Haines on his blog here:

LitSite Alaska is highlighting the Iditarod this month… See their website for this and much more.

F Magazine is now accepting submissions for their special June issue: their inaugural annual statewide writing competition, open to all genres and styles. Submit 1-2 pages of Poetry or 1,000-5,000 words of Fiction, Essay, Creative Non-Fiction.
Deadline: April 24th
$5 reading fee per submission, payable on via PayPal on their website under “Donation.”
Send electronic submissions to fwritingcomp@gmail.com and include the PayPal receipt number in the email content.
Send paper submissions, with a check payable to F Magazine, to:
F Magazine
Writing Competition
3142 Mountain View Drive
Anchorage, AK 99501 Postmark deadline: April 20th
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