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Active Voice: Writers Respond | Erin Coughlin Hollowell

As summer turns to winter in Alaska, with a brief interlude long enough to weigh three-quarter ton pumpkins in Palmer that some might call fall, we are excited to announce the return of the blog series Active Voice: Writers Respond, a forum for Alaska writers to respond to current events and controversies on the national …

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2017 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation has named artist Gertrude Svarny of Unalaska its 2017 Distinguished Artist. The award recognizes one Alaska artist annually for a lifetime of creative excellence and contributions to arts and culture in the State. It is accompanied by a $40,000 award that she can use to further immerse herself in the exploration …

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The View from Here

. Family. Community. Support. 49 Writers, where Alaska’s writers gather. It has been a privilege to be among you, to speak to you each Monday and to help create opportunities for learning and communing. Thank you for your warm support. Thank you for being amazing writers, and more importantly, thank you for being amazing people. …

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Pushing Against Fences

Wendell Berry wrote, “The impeded stream is the one that sings,” and I have to admit the first time I read that I thought it was a bunch of hooey. After all, one of the things that lead me to write poetry in the first place was the fact that I could ignore grammar and …

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Savor the Rising Words! Second Annual Poetry Broadside Invitational

This April, Great Harvest Bread Company is sponsoring a second poetry broadside invitational in honor of National Poetry Month. Broadsides are a traditional form that pairs the written word with a visual presentation. Broadly defined, a poetry broadside combines the words of a poem with visual imagery. Though often printed on a letterpress or in …

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Happy Leap Year! – some suggestions for what you can do with that extra day

Welcome to your extra day. What will you do with it? I will be standing by to register to you for any of the amazing March or April classes 49 Writers is offering.  Maybe you want to learn how to write good endings and achieve closure, or learn about writing through the work of Anna …

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What Are Your Writing Rules?

It’s such a fraught topic, writing rules. Some writers are adamantly against them, feeling that establishing such guidelines is unnecessarily restrictive. Others clasp their writing rules to their chests as if they’ve been stipulated by a burning bush; they need those sideboards to give structure to their writing practice. My writing rules tend to boil …

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