Literary Roundup | December 7-13, 2018 

After a week of aftershocks and clean-up, it seems like Anchorage and its surrounds are ready for reflection. If you’re out for First Friday tonight in the city, be sure to stop by the Anchorage Museum where you’ll find 49 Writers executive director Jeremy Pataky and visiting poet Joanna Lilley writing earthquake-themed poetry-on-demand. Later in the evening, visit The Writers’ Block Bookstore and Café for their Earth. Quake. Stories. (7 PM) an open mic where you can participate, or just enjoy the work of fellow community-members. Read on for other literary events happening around the state. 

49 Writers Classes

JUNEAU, CORDOVA, and ANCHORAGE | Human Geography: Putting Words in Their Place with Joanna Lilley

Human Geography: Putting Words in Their Place | What’s the relationship between the poetry we write and the places we write in? How does poetry help us articulate our relationship with the places we’ve lived, dream of moving to, or never want to go back to? Can we write about place and leave ourselves out of it? This workshop will explore our responses to being in Alaska as well as the places we carry with us in our minds and hearts.

ANCHORAGE: SatDec. 8, 2018 from 2-5 PM | Anchorage Community House, 3502 Spenard Road, 99503 | Members or full time students: $39 | General enrollment: $48 | Cap: 12 | All experience levels.



ANCHORAGE | December 2018 | The UAA Campus bookstore has announced two events for December 2018. All events are free and open to public.

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12-1 PM: RESCHEDULED 900th Special Event Celebration and Reception with Poster Collection Display and Free Food.
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1-3 PM: Traversing Monstrosity: Power and Peril upon Shakespeare’s Roads. Dr. Sharon Emmerichs examines how Shakespeare uses roads not only as means to get from one place to another, but also as means to go from one state of being to another. Dr. Emmerichs teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and poetry in the UAA English dept.


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

SKAGWAY | May 29 – June 1, 2018 | North Words Writers Symposium with keynote speaker Susan Orlean, a previous The New Yorker staff writer and multi-award-winning author. The symposium will include multiple keynotes (including Orlean’s), workshops, and panels with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Symposium participants enjoy the luxury of small groups and one-on-one access to successful writers. See website for more details.



HOMER | June 14-18, 2019 | Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference is back for 2019 and registration is open! This nationally-recognized conference will feature workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and the business of writing. The keynote presenter Diane Ackerman, an award-winning poet, essayist, and naturalist, will be joined by fifteen other writers, poets, and publishing industry professionals. For many more details and to register, see the conference’s website here.


Hometown Reads is in Anchorage! A website dedicated to locating authors near you, Hometown Reads has a section for Anchorage. Sign up to have your book displayed and join the Facebook page to brainstorm ways to advertise and sell books locally. Check it out at

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