Literary Roundup | April 27-May 3, 2018




ANCHORAGE | Friday, April 27, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM | Sunrise to Sunset: A Bartlett Night of Stories is a creative showcase of stories, art, and music performed by students. Requested $5 donation to Story Works Alaska. Located at Bartlett High School.

ANCHORAGE | April-May 2018 | The UAA Campus Bookstore will be hosting two upcoming events.

  • Saturday, April 28 from 1-3 PM: Historical Fiction Author Don Neal discusses Cold War Activities in Alaska. At this event, Neal, author of the Ben Hunnicutt series that includes Cross Kill and Washtub Gold, discusses the Nike missile system, the top-secret anti-espionage campaign Operation Washtub, and other Cold War activities in Alaska. Raised in southern Virginia, Neal enlisted in the Army after the Chinese entered the Korean War in late 1950. After 28 years in the forces, he spent his last 10 with the Nike Hercules Air Defense missile units which protected Anchorage and Fairbanks. He and his family have resided in Anchorage for 50 years.

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5-7 PM: Behind the Pen II: UAA undergraduate students enrolled in Creative Writing classes with Professors Ron Spatz and Don Rearden read and discuss their current work. Spatz is also founder and editor of Alaska Quarterly Review; Rearden authored the novel The Ravel’s Gift.

ANCHORAGE | Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2018 | Book sale & Local author Fair at Loussac Library. Event listed on Anchorage Library Foundation website.

  • Friday, May 4, 6-8 PM: Friends of the Library members only sale (memberships available at the door).
  • Saturday, May 5, 10-4 PM: Book Sale and Local Author Fair. Authors and illustrators will be featured in the atrium of the library for this one-day local author sale.
  • Sunday, May 6, 12-4 PM: Half price day.

ANCHORAGE | On Saturday, May 5, 2018 in conjunction with the Spring Friends of the Library book sale, Z. J. Loussac Library will host their first ever Local Author book fair. Authors and illustrators will be featured in the atrium of the library for this one-day local author sale. Authors can begin registering on Monday, February 12 at 10 am. Spots will be on a first come, first reserved basis. Learn more and register here.

ANCHORAGE | May 11-13, 2018 | Passage Writes: Stories from Alaska Birth-Moms. Passage Writes is hosting an adoption-themed writing workshop. The group is looking for women to fill 20 spots in order to ensure a wide range of voices. The workshop is open to all of Alaska’s birth-moms, regardless of writing ability. Click here for details and here for Facebook page.

ANCHORAGE | ThursdayMay 17, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 PMReflections on Attu: Art Show and Reception at Anchorage Public Library. Join USFWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for a slideshow and talk by author Nancy Lord followed by a reception and art show opening.









WRANGELL | Flying Island Writers & Artists group meets every other Monday 6:30-8 PM. Contact Vivian Faith Prescott for more information

HOONAH | June 30 – July 6, 2018 | Environmental Rhetoric: A 3-credit course through University of Alaska Southeast. Join professor Dan Henry at Inian Islands institute for this intensive course on environmental Rhetoric and become a stronger, more persuasive environmental leader. 12 participants. Fee: $400. Meals, lodging, and transport from Juneau provided. For more info please contact professor Dan Henry at and include a short paragraph on what the class could do for you.














PALMER | May 11-13, 2018 SCBWI Alaska’s 2nd Annual Alaska Big Thaw Retreat For all Authors: picture book, middle grade, young adult, adult literature, and illustrators at the Knik River Lodge.  Workshops by Stephen Barr of Writers House Lit. Agency, optional critique groups and loads of quiet writing and illustrating time, optional professional critique, AK cuisine, a cabin, a classroom yurt with a wood burning stove, and amazing views, and more. Register

SKAGWAY | May 30 – June 2, 2018 | North Words Writers Symposium in Skagway is now taking registrations for its 2018. Pico Iyer is the keynote writer. Other faculty include Juneau Writer Laureate and Ernestine Hayes, Portland novelist Willy Vlautin, Juneau poet Emily Wall, Ketchikan writer-artist Ray Troll, Washington writer Colleen Mondor, and Fairbanks writer Frank Soos. Features include author panels, writing workshops, and outdoor activities. Limited to 40 participants. Organizers include Buckwheat Donahue, Jeff Brady, Daniel Henry, and John Straley. For more information, click here.

HOMER | June 8-12, 2018 | Registration is open now for the seventeenth annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. Held in Homer, Alaska, this nationally recognized writing conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. Keynote presenter Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist, will be joined by fifteen other writers, poets, and publishing industry professionals. Optional manuscript reviews, agent/editor meetings, post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay Lodge and boat cruise. Scholarships available. All information and faculty bios at our website:  The deadline for “early-bird” registration rate is May 1st.

TUTKA BAY LODGE | The 9th Annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Hannah Tinti will take place September 7-9, 2018. Applications are being accepted now; don’t delay! 





Scholarships to Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference 2018 | Deadline May 1, 2018, at 5 PM | Scholarships cover $395 registration fee only; transportation, activities, housing, etc. are the recipient’s responsibility. Applicants must submit a letter describing why they want to attend the conference and reasons for scholarship assistance. Details. Email application to:

ANCHORAGE | Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | Deadline for Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) awards is May 1. This award aims to create a better Alaska through the spoken and written word. Since 1993, the CLIA awards have been presented by the Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book. The awards go to people and institutions who have made a significant contribution in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken word. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are available on ACB’s website at, or call (907) 764-1604. Alaska Women Speak is now accepting written submission and cover art ideas for the upcoming Summer 2018 issue, Walls. Deadline is May 15, 2018. Details





McRoy & Blackburn Publishers of Ester has recently released a new novella by Eric Forrer of Juneau, Colors of the Morning Skyto excellent reviews in Alaska newspapers. The Southeastern-set tale has illustrations by Lue Isaac of Seattle and Juneau.


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