Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Registration is open for these 49 Writing Center March courses: Graphic Novel with Lee Post starts March 7th. Alaskan Screenwriting 101 with Don Rearden starts March 15th. A two-hour clinic, Publishing in the Literary Marketplace with Ronald Spatz, takes place March 26.

Also: 49 Writers and the 49 Alaska Writing Center are asking writers, readers, and everyone in the literary community to take our 2011 planning survey. Ten questions, three minutes. Thanks so much for your input.

Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series: Jeanne E. Clark will be reading her poetry this Friday, February 18th, 7pm, at the Museum of the North, Fairbanks. Books will be for sale, and signatures available.

On Friday February 18th at 6:00pm, there will be a Poetry Slam & Open Mic at The Canvas, 223 Seward St., Juneau, AK. Hosted by Na Haan & Christy Namee Eriiksen with DJ Manuel. Slam winner takes home $25. All ages, all abilities welcome.

On Friday, February 18th, at 7:00pm, Fireside Books, 720 South Alaska St #B, Palmer, AK 99645 presents Chulitna: A Conversation in Poems with Mike Burwell and Randoll Bruns.

On Saturday February 19th at 1:00pm, the Pulpwood Queens present Storytime at Barnes and Noble, 200 East Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK

Juneau writers (Writers United) will be meeting again downtown at the Rookery cafe (111 Seward St., next to Shoefly) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 19th. One of their members sent this link to Stanley Fish’s interview, which led to a proposed discussion of “favorite sentences” as part of the meeting. At the top of the print interview there is a link to the audio interview with NPR. Check it out. All writers, artists, and friends are welcome.  Bring your favorite sentence!

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

Pastries and Page-turners takes place Sunday, February 20th at 3:00pm, at the Downtown Library, Juneau. Bring your favorite books to review and see what others are reading. For more information contact Carol at 586-0434.

On Monday February 21 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, the UAA Campus Bookstore presents Ice Floe:  In the Beginning with Shannon Gramse. The poetry journal Ice Floe had its beginning in 2000.  Editors Shannon Gramse and Sarah Kirk continued to place circumpolar poetry side by side in beautiful bilingual winter/summer issues for a decade.  In honoring the success of the journal, selections from Ice Floe have been compiled into the book Ice Floe New & Selected Poems, published by University of Alaska Press in 2010.  Shannon Gramse teaches in CPDS at UAA.  At this event he will discuss how Ice Floe came together. All bookstore events are free, open to the public, with free parking available.

Write For Your Life” group takes place 10-11am every Wednesday, Mendenhall Valley library, Juneau. Share a journal, memoir, a letter or poetry. Details: Dixie, 907-789-2068

SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will meet on Wednesday, Feb 23, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Starbucks on E. Dimond (across from Borders Books)… Annette Drake will be leading the meeting. She will be sharing information about “Agent Vs. Writer” that she learned at a conference. Also, please bring your own writing news, questions, and information to share. There will also be time for critiques.  If you have a short manuscript, feel free to bring it.

On Wednesday March 16 at 7 pm, in honor of Irish Awareness Month, Poetry Parley will be celebrating the works of Seamus Heaney. So if you have a poem or two of his you’d like to read, or if you’d just like to read in general, send email to Jonathan Minton.

Rose Metal Press Announces Its 2011 Open Reading Period for Full-length Hybrid Manuscripts! From February 15 through March 30, 2011, they are actively seeking full-length hybrid and cross-genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2012. Particularly desirable are short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry, novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; flash nonfiction or book-length memoirs in shorts; and other literary works that move beyond traditional genres to find new forms of expression. Submissions welcome in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage a broad and expansive interpretation of hybridity.

UAA’s MFA program has announced that essayist Richard Rodriguez will be the keynote speaker for their 2011 summer residency. His keynote address to MFA students and faculty follows on Sunday, July 10.  The free, public event will be held on Sunday, July 10th, when Rodriguez presents an evening author reading at UAA.

The University of Alaska press has just released Tom Sexton’s new book, I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets. You can order a copy from them, from Amazon, and from The University of Chicago Press. Bookstores can order it. The ISBN # is 978-1-60223-119-1.

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