Writing the Next Chapter in Anchorage’s MFA Narrative by Emily Tallman

In June 2020, shortly after the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted to cut UAA’s master of fine arts program in creative writing, David Onofrychuk filled out paperwork to launch a new MFA in Creative Writing program at Alaska Pacific University. As associate professor of creative writing and composition at APU since 2010, and […]

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Here We Go Again: Getting On Top of Time, 2024 Groundhog Day Edition by Andromeda Romano-Lax

What’s your favorite Groundhog Day phrase—the thing you repeat ad nauseum as if expecting life to change when it won’t? Mine is: “Where did the day go?” Or maybe: “I got two-thirds of my goals accomplished today.” But I’d be even more lost if I didn’t track my writing and reading time, something I’ve talked

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A Writer’s Happiness: Perspective Shifts In Search of Writerly Happiness by Andromeda Romano-Lax

With the New Year underway, you may be charging ahead with vigor or smelling the first smoky whiffs of resolution burnout. Either way, you may find yourself wondering, “Enough with all the lists and goals. Can’t I just be happy?” Chasing happiness is usually a futile endeavor, experts tend to agree, especially when one is

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Going Big: Audacious Goals and Important Writing Lessons from the Ironman by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Many of us have goals that feel so big, they’re almost shame-inducing. Why should a goal cause us shame? Maybe because we don’t want to admit our desires, especially if attainment seems unlikely. Maybe because we know that to achieve a big goal would be expensive or demand a lot of time away from our

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Spotlight on New Works: It’s a Crooked Road But Not Far To The House of Flowers by Wendy Erd

Return   A lone tree white with blossom Mountains fall toward blue Ridges recede into evening sky Whose sable brush strokes this softly? I count horizons home Soon we’ll be gone The road wet with rain.   Bumthang Valley, Bhutan   These poems crisscross the Pacific: from an elegy for a forest in Alaska to

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A Hard Week with Lots of Reasons for Not Writing (Spoiler: I’m going to challenge you to write anyway) by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Today, I gave in. I admitted that this simply wasn’t going to be a very productive week for many reasons: Worry about the war in Gaza/Israel. I was good at not reading news first thing in the morning for a while, but now, with the moment of a ground offensive upon us, I keep looking

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