Literary Roundup | August 18-31, 2017

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We’re putting together our upcoming season of workshops, classes, Reading & Craft Talk Series and Crosscurrents events, and special events. Stay tuned.


Cross Road: There is No Planet B | An art installation about climate change at Side Street Espresso features a series of events during the exhibition. Enjoy music by Libby Roderick and readings by Alaska Native poets Joan Naviyuk Kane, Priscilla Hensley, Carrie Ojanen on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 1-2:30 pm.   
Louise Erdrich ~ public readings in Anchorage and Homer, plus a reception in Anchorage
SEPT 6th, 2017, Wendy Williamson Auditorium, 7 pm | 49 Writers, Inc. is pleased to present acclaimed novelist Louise Erdrich in Anchorage for a free public reading. Everyone is encouraged to attend.  The free public reading is scheduled for UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in lieu of the private reception initially planned for the same time at 49th State Brewing Company. A private ticketed reception will still be held for 49 Writers members and supporters, and will take place backstage at the Wendy Williamson from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. A limited number of tickets for that reception can be purchased online now at Tickets are $30/person for 49 Writers members, and non-members can purchase or renew membership for an additional $49. All tickets will be will-call at Wendy Williamson beginning at 5:00 PM the day of the event. UAA Bookstore staff will be on site with books for sale, and Joan Naviyuk Kane will be introducing Louise Erdrich.

Erdrich will also offer a free public reading in Homer on Thursday, September 7th, 6:30 PM at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus.

Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She is German, French, and Anishinaabe. Her first book, Love Medicine, received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as did her latest novel, LaRose. Her book The Round House, a crime novel about a boy who tries to protect his mother, a victim of sexual violence on an Ojibwe reservation, won the National Book Award. She wrote about the German side of her family in The Master Butcher’s Singing Club. Louise has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist, received many other honors including the Library of Congress Award, and she owns a small independent bookstore, Birchbark Books, in Minneapolis. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters.

Erdrich’s appearances come in advance of the 8th Annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, led this year by Erdrich.



WRANGELL | Flying Island Writers & Artists group meets every other Monday 6:30-8:00 pm. Contact Vivian Faith Prescott for more information






The Northern Pen Conference of Prose and Music is coming up October 12-15, 2017. It helps young writers and composers hone their crafts, develop as collaborative artists, and understand how they fit into the communities and natural environments that inspire them. The primary activity of the conference will be the creation of new works of prose and music. Students will enjoy time dedicated to writing in the beautiful natural environment surrounding the conference center. They will benefit from the personalized feedback of award-winning author Matthew Dickerson and composer Michael Dickerson, and they will gain new skills and perspectives through interactive workshops led by interdisciplinary artist Hollis Mickey. Finally, they will have opportunities to present their work during the conference in collaboration with their peers, as well as after the conference in radio broadcasts, museum performances, and gallery presentations. The Northern Pen will give young artists support as they define and realize their artistic visions. The conference center is nestled in the Matanuska Valley between the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains, just ten minutes away from the spectacular Matanuska Glacier. There will be various activities and excursions to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding wilderness. Learn more.

2017 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Louise Erdrich will occur September 10-12, 2017. Application period is closed. More.

2017 Conference for Writers and Illustrators, a partnership between Alaska Writers Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Romance Writers of America, begins Saturday, September 16 at the BP Energy + Conference Center in Anchorage, Alaska for an all-day event of keynotes and panels, as well as tracks specifically designed for writing craft, author marketing, traditional publishing, self publishing, romance, children’s literature, memoir, and nonfiction. Optional intensives and roundtable critiques are also available all day Friday, September 15. More


Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation present The Alaska Literary Awards, established in 2014 through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli. The awards recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. There are no restrictions on the writer’s use of the award and no formal report is required. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded annually. The Application Deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017 at 9:59 p.m. AKDT. Learn more and apply here.

Alaska Humanities Forum launches new social practice grant, called HUMAN:ties, offering $10,000 to activate the imaginations of creators statewide to build an advocacy project that defines and illuminates the fabric of homelessness in our state. The application for this grant opportunity is now open and available to all Alaskans. Please visit for more information on the invitation and the grant application itself. ELIGIBILITY: 1. Anyone can define themselves as a “creator”. You do not need to be an “artist” as it’s conventionally defined. No portfolio or formal training necessary. You just need to be able to describe a vision of a project that illuminates the features of homelessness and reaches homeless populations. 2. All creative disciplines… including the literary arts… are eligible. More info here.

Alaska Book Week will be October 1-7, 2017. Authors interested in participating are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Waetjen at

September 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply for a 2018 artist residency at Denali National Park. Visual artists, writers, and composers are eligible.

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