49 Writers | Roundup for Literary Alaska



Book launch and celebration: Blue Ticket by Kris Farmen 

ANCHORAGE | Friday, August 26 from 7-10 pm at the Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe (3956 Spenard Road). Farmen will read from and sign his new novel. Refreshments and additional entertainment as well. 

John Luther Adams 

ANCHORAGE | The Alaska Humanities Forum will welcome John Luther Adams for a series of events as part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative to celebrate excellence in journalism and the arts. 

John Luther Adams is a composer and author whose life and work is deeply rooted in the natural world—especially in Alaska, where he lived for forty years before moving to New York City in 2015. Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music for his symphonic work Become Ocean, and a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” He has taught widely, including at Harvard University and the Oberlin Conservatory, and served as composer in residence with the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, Fairbanks Symphony, Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and APRN.  
The public is invited to a series of three free events during John Luther Adams’ visit to Anchorage; you can also tune in to 106.1 FM KONR to listen to selected works from september 1-7.

READING AND BOOK SIGNING | Thursday, September 1, 6-8 pm at Cyrano’s Playhouse. Adams will read from his upcoming memoir, Silences So Deep: A Memoir of Music and AlaskaPassages reflecting on his friendships with poet John Haines and composer Gordon Wright have been excerpted in the New Yorker and Alaska Quarterly Review.

ARTIST’S TALK & RECEPTION | Friday, September 2, Talk: 7 P.M | Reception 8 P.M. at  Anchorage Museum. A growing number of geologists believe we have entered a new period – the Anthropocene – in which the dominant geologic force is humanity itself. What does this mean for a composer, or for any creative artist working in any medium today?

VEILS AND VESPER INSTALLATION | Friday & Saturday, September 2 & 3 | 6 P.M. – midnight. Veils and Vesper is a series of distinct but related electronic pieces written

by Adams in 2005. When the pieces are installed together, listeners are able to create their own ‘mix’ and experience the music by moving through an immersive environment.

HOMER | Debra Magpie Earling Reading, Thursday, September 8th, at Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College UAA. Debra is the author of The Lost Journals of Sacajawea and Perma Red, recipient of the American Book Award and the Western Writers Association Spur Award, and and Gugggenheim Award (2007). She directs the University of Montana’s Creative Writing program and is the guest instructor for the 7th annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat. Free and open to the public. 

ANCHORAGE | Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a
12-week nature and travel writing class beginning September 21st in the Sierra Club
office downtown. Participants in this workshop-style class will explore and
refine their own writing styles, with an emphasis on the personal essay form.
The class will also read and discuss works by some of America’s finest nature
and travel writers. $240. To sign up for this Wednesday night class
(7 to 9:30 pm), or for more information, contact Sherwonit at 245-0283 or

ANCHORAGE | Publication Consultants, in association with Alaska Book Week, is hosting the Great Alaska Book Fair sponsored in part by The Mall at Sears and Anchorage Public Library. They suggest that anyone interested in participating in The Great Alaska Book Fair respond before all tables are reserved. Concurrent event will include: a Farmer’s Market, a Sidewalk Sale and the Better Business Bureau’s Shred Day, and a Financial Fitness Fair; it’s the same day that The Mall at Sears features an annual sidewalk sale to coincide with the release of Permanent Fund Dividends. If you’re interested you can sign up for a table hereBook fair hours are 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Authors are responsible for their own sales—and pocket all the money. There will not be a central check out register. There is a charge of $50 per table. Authors may share tables if they’d like. 

David Sedaris 
ANCHORAGE | Tickets are selling for the Anchorage Concert Association’s David Sedaris appearance on May 13, 2017. David Sedaris is one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Wielding sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness with great skill. One of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today, Sedaris is returning to Anchorage with all new stories. His original radio pieces can be heard on “This American Life,” and he has seven million books in print, including “Naked,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” and his most recent, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” The San Francisco Chronicle says “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” Buy tickets here

FAIRBANKS | Fairbanks Arts Association hosts the oldest literary reading series in the state. Every month, writers reading their own work publicly at a community meet-up where people can connect with other lovers of literature. Readings are held on the day after First Friday, usually the first Saturday of the month at 7 pm. Most reading are held in the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park, although occasionally in the summer (June, July, and August) the weather is beautiful reading are held outside to another spot in Pioneer Park. Upcoming: 
SeptemberUAF Faculty Reading
OctoberSusheila Khera
NovemberNicole Stellon O’Donnell
DecemberRosemary McGuire
Additional readings and events may be held, but the First Saturday Literary Reading Series is monthly at 7 pm the day after First Friday (except February). 

FAIRBANKS | The Folk School offers a semester-long class for high school students who want to become better essay writers. Details and registration here


JUNEAU | Introducing Juneau’s anonymous poetry publication, MYTH Zine, currently available at The Rookery Café, Kindred Post, Alaska Robotics, The JACC, Rainy Retreat Books, The Goldtown Nickelodeon, and High Tide Tattoo. Send your poetry, prose, philosophical wonderings, or love letters to myythzine@gmail.com





EAST COAST and UK | After launching her new book, To the Bright Edge of the World in Palmer, Eowyn Ivey headed to the west coast to promote her book. She’s made it to the east coast, now, and soon heads to the UK on a whirlwind book tour. Full schedule here

BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON | A Cirque reading will be held at the Mount Baker Theater, Encore Room, August 28, at 3 pm. more info   


Woosh Kinaadeiyi’s Summer Writer’s Retreat 

JUNEAU | Woosh Kinaadeiyí presents a SUMMER WRITER’S RETREAT, a unique opportunity for those who yearn for an immersive and inclusive experience. Build community and delve deeper into your own writing through guided activities and time away from your busy lives. Set in a waterfront house off the beaten path from 3 pm on August 20th until 11am on August 21st, space is limited. $45.00. Click here for the application

2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat
September 9-11th, 2016 
TUTKA BAY LODGE | This 49 Writers program takes place at the fantastic Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie Earling will lead fiction writers in an in-depth writing workshop. Emphasizing in-class writing supportiveness, collegiality, and a constructive atmosphere, the engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Sold out and waitlisting. 

2016 Alaska Writers Guild Annual Conference for Writers & Illustrators
September 24th plus optional intensives and roundtables on Sept. 23rd.
SCBWIAlaska Writers Guild
ANCHORAGE | This year’s conference is a partnership between Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This all-day event takes place at the BP Energy + Conference Center and includes keynotes and panels, as well as writing craft, marketing, traditional publishing, self publishing, children’s literature, illustration tracks. Sign up for optional Intensives or Roundtable Critiques, or take advantage of One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Reviews. Early bird discount extended until July 31st at only $95 for AWG/49 Writers/SCBWI members or $145 for non-members. More info and registration here.  


The Alaska Literary Awards are open to poets, playwrights, screenwriters, writers of fiction and literary nonfiction, writers of multi-genre, cross-genre, or genre-defying work. Any Alaska writer over 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. $5,000 awards will be given, all from privately donated funds. Apply at www.callforentry.org by Sept. 1, 2016 at 9:59 AKDT. 

In early August, the Alaska State Council on the Arts will seek nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts, as well as the next Alaska State Writer Laureate. The deadline for nominations for Governor’s Awards for the Arts is September 15, 2016 and nominations for State Writer Laureate will be accepted through October 3, 2016This year, the categories for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts are: Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization and Alaska Native Arts. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 26, 2017Visit ASCA’s website here for information about last year’s Governor’s Awardees, and here for the Alaska State Writer Laureate program.

Caitlin Press is currently accepting submissions
The Pacific Ocean: Protecting Our
Endangered Coast
, an anthology of poems that will explore the Pacific Ocean
as a wilderness, a haven, and a part of our natural world that needs
protecting. Yvonne Blomer, Victoria,
B.C.’s poet laureate, will edit the anthology. Blomer has published three
collections of poetry, most recently As if a Raven (Palimpsest
Press) and co-edited Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press). Her
first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, was shortlisted for
the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Learn more,
including how to submit two poems, here
. Deadline: September
15, 2016.  

Call for Creative Teens The Anchorage Museum is looking for passionate, innovative high school-aged students to be a part of the Museum Teen Council, a group of young, creative leaders. They need teens who are passionate about something: doodling, blogging, technology, comedy, writing, music, photography, fashion, theater — anything — whose voices, ideas, and creativity can shape how they build community at the Anchorage Museum. Apply by Oct. 1. Details at anchoragemuseum.org.

Ghostwriting opportunity | A search is underway to find an experienced ghostwriter to write a series of twelve non-fiction articles for publication. These articles will be about the history of an immigrant family arriving in Alaska in the late ’40s. The selected ghostwriter will be expected to agree on the proposed content and timeline for a series of articles and then interview the client and develop the articles from the interviews. Interested writers are invited to provide a CV, recent examples of work as a ghostwriter, demonstration of the ability to write in the client’s voice, examples/references which show an ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively and efficiently, references which show an ability to work well with a client to enable a sharing of ideas, fact checking and research skills, pay rate, ability to discuss ideas and research with the client in a non-judgmental way; description of process to give the client the opportunity to approve, ask questions and give feedback on the material, and agreement to sign a nondisclosure agreement. If interested, please send questions, documents, and/or your rates to 13gwriter13@gmail.com by Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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