Literary Roundup | March 30 – April 5, 2018


ANCHORAGE | March – April 2018 | Anchorage Museum’s Unbound Book Club explores art, science, history, design and culture through fiction and non-fiction over three more Friday evenings this spring. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Book club discussion is included with museum admission (free for members) and is part of the museum’s Unbound experimental literary series.

  • March 30Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Julie Berwald
  • April 27The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny

ANCHORAGE | Friday, March 30, 2018 from 6-7 PM at the Anchorage Museum | E.J.R. David, PhD, discusses his newly released book, We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet: Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family. Born in the Philippines to Kapampangan and Tagalog parents, David grew up in Pasay, Las Pinas, Makati, and Utqiagvik, Alaska. Through a psychology lens, David talks about the effects of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, immigration, racism, sexism and internalized oppression. Included with admission. Facebook event

ANCHORAGE | 8th Intl Poetry Festival: Woman Scream, Flashlights of Hope. A bilingual poetry reading at Out North, Saturday, March 31, 2018, 1-2:30 PM

ANCHORAGE | April 2018 | The UAA Campus Bookstore is holding two literary events in April 2018:

  • Tuesday, April 3, from 5-7 PM:  Authors Phyllis Ann Fast and Jane Harper will present The Dire Wolf Alliance and Unequally Divided, respectively. “‘Go where?’ Ping asked Chebucto. ‘You’ve been banished twice. You have nowhere to go.’” Fast’s The Dire Wolf Alliance, a Native American saga, is told through spirits Baasee’ and Grandfather Kwaiikit, which help a woman come to grips with her recent widowhood. Born in Anchorage, Fast is of Koyukon Athabaskan and white American heritages. She has earned numerous academic degrees including a B.A. in English from the University of Alaska, and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts from UAA, and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. Unequally Divided is a vibrant novel portraying the difficult choices of love and life’s direction during the tumultuous Vietnam era.  The story takes place in Columbus, GA, near the Fort Benning Army base and highlights the struggles of soldiers training for war while depicting the era’s history with flashes of music, religion, domestic abuse, and women’s issues. Harper was born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and taught middle school in Georgia, Utah, and overseas. Later, she moved to Alaska and pursued a career in accounting.
  • Friday, April 6, from 4-6 PM: Alaskan Author David Brown presents Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie in honor of Gillespie’s 100th | After a chance meeting in Georgetown in 1985, Brown had the opportunity to spend countless hours with Gillespie at performances, street corners, restaurants, and all-night card-playing sessions.  His book is a memoir of these intimate experiences.

ANCHORAGE | Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6-8 PM | Nancy Lord, Martha Amore, and Mei Mei Evans present a panel on women and fiction. Held at Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Rd. Facebook event

ANCHORAGE | April 6, 2018 at the Writer’s Block. Alaska Quarterly Review launch event, 7 PM.

TALKEETNA | Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 2-5 PM | 49 Writers presents a 3-hour writing class in Talkeetna with Nancy Lord: Science, Nature, and Outdoor Writing. $39 members / $49 nonmembers. Northern Susitna Institute classroom. This workshop will examine some examples of narrative writing (in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry) that bring the outdoors in and scientific principles and characters to life. These will be used as models for writing exercises emphasizing characterization, scene-building, and metaphors and analogies. This class invites writers of any level, with or without science backgrounds. Lord, the instructor, was Alaska Writer Laureate 2008-10, and is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books including, most recently, pH: A Novel. Register now:

ANCHORAGE | Sunday, April 15, 2018 | Demystifying Literary Journals will be a 2-hour class taught by Ronald Spatz, founding editor of Alaska Quarterly Review. With a focus on literary magazines, the class will help students with their own submissions build a strong cover letter, learn about the market, and learn strategies to get noticed by current magazines. All experience levels welcome. Fee: $35 / members: $28. Learn more and register here.

ANCHORAGE | Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6 PM | Poetry Slam: The Love Session. Presented by Perseverance Theatre and held at the 49th State Brewing Company, cash prizes for top 3. To participate, contact Shirley Mae Springer Staten at Official advertisement here.

ANCHORAGE | Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7 PM | David Stevenson is holding a launch party for his novel Forty Crows at Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Rd.

WASILLA | Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 7:30 AM-Noon | Mat-Su Young Writers Conference is in need of several more volunteer writers. Participants will have the option of leading workshops and selling their books. Contact Sharon Russel at 761-4140 (day), or email Event located at Sherrod Elementary School, Palmer.

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 a writing workshop for birth-moms who have made adoption plans for their children. Their stories need to be told, as they are missing from our public narrative. 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.

SEWARD | 49 Writers presents a Reading & Craft Talk Series event with Nancy Lord at 6 PM on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Resurrect Art.

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.

KODIAK | DATE COMING from 12-2 PM | Sea Stories Above the Harbor: The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network is hosting a lunchtime Comfish forum. It will feature the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Almanac, a cultural touchstone that communicates and celebrates the unique and shared fishing ways of life. Held at Best Western Kodiak Inn, Harbor room.




FAIRBANKS | Marilyn Sigman will present a public reading and talk at UAF at the Murie Auditorium on April 12, 2018. She will also teach a 49 Writers class called “The Wild, the Ruined, and the Merely Anomalous: What’s an Alaskan Environmental Writer to Do?” at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center on April 11, 2018.  Register now for the class (scroll down) Discounted class fee for members of 49 Writers and/or Northern Alaska Environmental Center.



JUNEAU | March 2018 | Aan Yatx’u Saani: Noble People of the Land. Five community members share their own personal stories in this theatrical event, illuminating their deep connections with Juneau’s Old Indian Village and the downtown area often called Willoughbly District. Each talk will be held at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Tickets $5-$24, sold at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and at The series will take place over two remaining dates:

  • Friday, March 30 from 10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 31 from 2-7:30 PM

WRANGELL | Friday, April 20, 2018 from 7-8:30 PM | Tidal Echoes Launch. Wrangell writer Vivian Faith Prescott will read and Juneau artist Chris Taylor will discuss his recent work. Copies sold at the door for $5. Facebook event

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. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, 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. Retreat details to be announced soon along with application information.



Wildheart, a new print publication featuring Alaskan women’s writing, photography, and art is soliciting work for its first issue. Accepting submissions for its summer issue through March 31. Information here.

 Permafrost Magazine | 2018 New Alchemy Contest deadline April 15, 2018. All formats welcome. $500, publication, and web feature prizes. More details.

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:

 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

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