Monica Devine: The Living Room

Pay no
attention to those shaking knees behind the podium; take no notice of those
quivering hands cradling a fresh batch of new and expanded poems. When midnight
strikes, I will have raised my glass to all new endeavors, to every chalk-dusted
slate wiped clean, and welcomed to two thousand and fourteen the newest
addition to Anchorage’s hip and arty bedroom community: The Living Room; Eagle River Writers Read.

songwriter, Emmylou Harris said something to the effect of this: the best of
times are when we’re just hanging out in the living room, messing around, talking,
playing guitars and singing. With ease and comfort and familiarity. With our
next-door neighbors, our fishing buddies, our friends who live just down the
road from here. 

This is what you get to do too, only in the big back room at Jitters that we
will simulate as a living room, where
you can come and read your stuff (we know what you’ve been doing holed up all
winter, keyboards a’ clackin’). All genres are welcome: poetry, prose, spoken
word, maybe a Slam or two. Heck, you can even sing if you want to…a capella,
that is.

Or if
you’re super shy, you can just come and listen and munch on our terrific batch
of cookies to go along with our fresh batch of new and expanded poems.

Details. The Living Room: Eagle River
Writers Read
is a monthly reading event launching Jan. 10 at Jitters in
Eagle River, from 7-9 pm. Every 2nd Friday night, from Sept. through
May (we take summers off to fish like every true Alaskan) we’ll gather in the
big back room at Jitters and share our creative energies with anyone who’ll listen.

is right here, in our own backyards. Tell us your stories of heartbreak,
motherhood, betrayal, winging it, the greatest catch, the big divorce, rights
of passage, what got swept under the rug (huh?). Whatever topic moves you.
Share your voice.  Contribute to the
making of community. Our community defines our culture…and we are the ones who
have to get out there and define it for ourselves.

If you
live in the Eagle River, Chugiak, Peter’s Creek radius, sign up to read by
going to our FB page, or emailing  We’ve
got first dibs, but when the schedule’s not full, we’ll branch out to
Anchorage-ites and Valley girls and boys who’d love to come to town and share
their lyrical wares.

extend a most gracious thanks to Alaska Center for the Book, who has generously
helped fund the program. You have no idea how incredibly loopy you have made us
feel. We bow to you!

writes across genres, and has works of traditionally
published poetry, children’s books and literary prose. She is a co-founder of
The Living Room: Eagle River Writers Read, along with a vibrant group of artist-scribes:
Susan Sommer, Kellie Doherty and Judith Lindenfelser

4 thoughts on “Monica Devine: The Living Room”

  1. What a great idea, Monica! Sounds like such an ideal intro for folks to dip their feet into sharing this winter's work. Good on you and your cohorts for making it happen – community is everything!

  2. Tele…so great to meet you; now I will be following your most adventurous life. The Living Room was a smash…over 50 people showed up to listen…we are creating our own mythology!

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