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March 2021

Marie Tozier [Reading & Conversation]

March 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91746169184?pwd=MVRvbzFYeHljVStwZTRFcDRob2xsZz09 Meeting ID: 917 4616 9184 AUTHOR BIO Iñupiaq poet Marie Tozier is the author of the poetry collection Open the Dark, published in 2020 by Boreal Books/Red Hen Press. The acclaimed collection is a window to Iñupiaq life in northwestern Alaska and has been described as “a portrait of place, family and generational wisdom that speaks to love, loss, and transformation.” (Nancy Lord, ADN, 10-3-20) Tozier earned an MFA from the low-residency program at the University of…

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April 2021

Tom Sexton [Reading & Conversation]

April 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Bio Tom Sexton was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He pursued undergraduate studies at Northern Essex Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Salem State College before moving to Alaska in 1970. Here, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Alaska, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, and ultimately founded the creative writing program at the Anchorage campus, which later became UAA. In 1995, he was appointed Alaska’s Poet Laureate. Sexton…

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May 2021

Ernestine Hayes [Reading & Conversation]

May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 ERNESTINE HAYES was born and raised in Juneau, then spent 25 years in California before returning to Juneau in her early 40s. After her return, she graduated from UAS, earned an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from UAA, and became a professor at UAS, where she continues to teach today. She is the author of two Alaska Native memoirs, Blonde Indian (University of Arizona Press, 2006) and The Tao of Raven (University of Washington Press, 2016), and a…

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September 2021

Tutka Bay Author Reading: Elena Passarello

September 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

FALL 2021 ELENA PASSARELLO READINGS This year’s featured instructor for the annual Tutka Bay Writers Retreat will present a free virtual reading the evening before the retreat from the Homer Spit! Thursday, September 9 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bio: Elena Passarello’s essays have recently appeared in National Geographic, Paris Review, and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is the author of two award-winning collections, Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which was translated into four languages. In…

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Reading and Conversation Series: Hank Lentfer

September 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: HANK LEFTNER Thursday, September 16 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Bio: Hank Lentfer flunked kindergarten his first time through. When his book, Raven’s Witness: The Life of Richard K Nelson, won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival, his older sister called to say she still had a hard time believing her brother could actually read, let alone write. Summers, Hank records the sounds of his wild neighbors. His library of…

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October 2021

Reading and Conversation Series: Emily Wall

October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: EMILY WALL Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bio: Emily lives in Juneau, Alaska. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. She's been teaching creative writing workshops there for over 20 years and deeply enjoys her work. One of her greatest pleasures is in teaching writers of all ages to craft poems and stories. ​She grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned an undergraduate degree at…

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November 2021

Reading and Conversation Series: John Luther Adams

November 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bio: For John Luther Adams, music is a lifelong search for home—an invitation to slow down, pay attention, and remember our place within the larger community of life on earth. Living for almost 40 years in northern Alaska, JLA discovered a unique musical world grounded in space, stillness, and elemental forces. In the 1970s and into the ’80s, he worked full time as…

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December 2021

Reading and Conversation Series: Anne Coray

December 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: ANNE CORAY Thursday, December 16 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Bio: Anne Coray’s novel, Lost Mountain, was published with West Margin Press. She is also the author of three poetry collections and co-editor of the anthology Crosscurrents North. The recipient of fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation, she spent 17 years as an adult at her birthplace on remote Lake Clark (Qizhjeh Vena). She now divides her time…

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February 2022

Reading and Conversation Series: Seth Kantner

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: SETH KANTNER Thursday, February 17 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM via Zoom Bio: Seth Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska and has worked as a trapper, wilderness guide, wildlife photographer, gardening teacher, and adjunct professor. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Outside, Orion, and Smithsonian. Kantner is the author of the award-winning novel Ordinary Wolves, memoir Shopping for Porcupine, and a collection of essays Swallowed by the Great Land: And…

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March 2022

Reading and Conversation Series: Joan Nockels Wilson

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: JOAN NOCKELS WILSON Thursday, March 17 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM via Zoom Bio: Joan Nockels Wilson is a writer and a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska. Joan has served the State of Alaska in both a civil and criminal capacity for more than half of her 25 year legal career. As a criminal prosecutor, she achieved the longest sentence for animal cruelty in the State and recently convicted the “hoverboard dentist”…

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April 2022

Reading and Conversation Series: Vivian Faith Prescott

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: VIVIAN FAITH PRESCOTT Thursday, April 21 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Zoom Only Event Bio: Vivian Faith Prescott is a 5th generation Alaskan born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska. She lives in Wrangell, Alaska at her family's fish camp. Vivian is married with four children and many grandchildren. She is of Sámi and Suomalainen, and Irish descent (among others). Her children are Raven of the T’akdeintaan clan/Snail House. She is adopted into the T'akdeintaan clan.…

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May 2022

Reading and Conversation Series: Mia Heavener

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

READING AND CONVERSATION SERIES: MIA HEAVENER Thursday, May 19 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Writer’s Block Bookstore 3956 Spenard Rd Anchorage, AK 99517 Bio: Mia Heavener writes in the morning, plays civil engineer during the day, and commercial fishes in the summer—all so her cat can live a rich and comfortable life. She is of Norwegian and Yup’ik heritage and believes that everyone should have a good whiff of the tundra at least once in their life. She has…

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