Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

What a year!  Next week we’ll run a 49 Writers 2011 retrospective, but in the meantime we’re looking ahead toward 2012.  Mark your calendars first for January 1, when online registration opens for our spring term.  From our “Publish and Promote” series to plot, poetry, submissions, and more, we’ve got something for pretty much everyone.  Make 2012 the year you get serious about writing!  Courses are already posted on our website
Next up – January 11 – is the first 49 Writers Synergies Event of the year, “Poemgrass: a Poet and a Banjo” featuring poet Peggy Shumaker and musician Robin Child at the Anchorage Museum, Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th Floor) from 7-8:30pm.  On the eve of the 2012 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference, join current Alaska State Writer Laureate, Peggy Shumaker, (Gnawed Bones, Just Breathe Normally) as she reads from her poetry in the cozy and reflective Chugach Gallery at the Anchorage Museum.  Music by local banjo player Robin Child and friends; a book signing will follow.  Free admission, but donations are welcome to support this innovative reading and performance series.  
And don’t forget our statewide Resolve to Write events on January 20, when you’re invited to gather with other writers to share your writing resolve.  Scheduling is already underway in Anchorage (one gathering for adults, one for young writers), Homer, and Eagle River – details to follow soon.  If you’d like to host a Resolve to Write event in your community, email us at 49writers@gmail.com.
 “Comics: Turning drawings into stories” debuting at Teen Underground Dec. 27-29 from 3-5 pm, for ages 12-14 is now FULL.  To waitlist, email 49writers@gmail.com; include a phone number.  Thanks much to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this workshop. 
Alaska authors Ernestine Hayes and Deb Vanasse are featured along with the Alaska Aces, the State Troopers, Iditarod champion John Baker, and even Santa Claus, among others on the Governor’s “Heart of Alaska 2011” web page.  Wonderful to see authors honored in this way! 
For a comprehensive calendar of literary events throughout Alaska, visit http://www.alaskalitevents.com/.
Poet Sandra Alcosser invites all students of Poetry, Junior High through Graduate School, to document their environment in Poetry.
Together with Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts NPR/ABC, she will select work for the National Archives and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Documerica Project. Read about it here
Poems may be previously published so long as there is no copyright on them. The National Archives will share the poems on Archives.gov, EPA.gov and blogs on Archives.gov and Tumblr. Some or all of the poems will be part of a larger exhibit on the Documerica collection that will launch in March 2013 and go through Fall 2013 at the National Archives building in DC.
Andromeda shares this: World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. To be held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012, it will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks (chosen from a list of 30 top titles, both classic and recently published; more info at the website). To get involved, and/or offer to distribute free books supplied by the organization, go to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/about-world-book-night/what-is-world-book-night.  
Do we have anyone in Alaska already taking part, or willing to take part?

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  1. Just checked out the World Book Night site. It looks really cool! I signed up to be a giver, and hope other Alaskans will too.

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