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Support Alaska Writers and Readers this Season

Imagine Alaska without books. No The Snow Child. No The Way Winter Comes. No The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife and no Ordinary Wolves. No Blonde Indian. No Winter News. No Two Old Women, nor The Firecracker Boys. No Where the Sea Breaks Its Back. No Leaving Resurrection or Prayers in Wind. You know that books sing, slap, slake, spark. The written word transforms the world we share and our …

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Literary Roundup | September 7-13, 2018, 2018

SOUTHCENTRAL ANCHORAGE | July-Sept, 2018 | 49 Writers presents Danger Close Alaska: programming meant to build a literary community of civilians and veterans. One night per month for six consecutive months (one remaining), Danger Close will focus on food, drink, discussion, and writing on different topics, shared between veterans and civilians. Click here for more …

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Literary Roundup | May 11-17, 2018

This week we celebrate the arts in Alaska by celebrating the 2018 cohort of Rasmuson Individual Artist awardees. Congratulations, everyone! What an amazing group. In the near future, you’ll hear more about a new collaboration between 49 Writers and the Rasmuson Foundation to profile recipients of individual artist awards. Did you know that last month’s …

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Literary Roundup | May 4-10, 2018

It’s May…vember? Snowing this morning across several parts of the state as reported via complaints on social media. You may be dreaming of writing retreat and conference season which is right around the corner. Lots of opportunities below, including 49 Writers own Tutka Bay Writers Retreat in September,  with guest author Hannah Tinti, which only …

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Guest Blogger Christine Byl | Thanks & Giving for the Arts

  On a recent road trip to visit family in the Southeast, a rural church billboard caught my eye: “Grateful people are happy people.” I don’t generally look to church yard proclamations for advice, but this quote stayed with me. It’s far from a novel idea—myriad scientific studies support the correlative relationship between articulated gratitude …

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49 Writers | Honoring Gary H. Holthaus

We’re glad to partner with Alaska Quarterly Review and the Alaska Humanities Forum on a two-part retrospective celebration of one of Alaska’s most important thinkers and writers, Gary Holthaus. Gary’s been active as a writer and citizen for decades, as the bio below illustrates. A long-time home literary events, Great Harvest Bread Co. in Anchorage …

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New Digs for the Blog!

It’s been almost nine years to the day since Deb Vanasse posted the very first post on this blog. 49 Writers was not yet a nonprofit organization back then, we had not started offering classes and events, and the blog still had its original name—49 Writers, No Moose. Deb’s first sentence in that first post …

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On Your Mark. Get Set. Post!

49 Writers envisions “a vibrant community of Alaskan writers coming together to inspire, create, and share.” While that vision informs all our mission-driven pursuits, it doubles as a pretty great description of this blog, too. All sorts of 49 Writers programs and events have grown over time out of the steady, consistent, and galvanizing energy …

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