Weekly Roundup for Literary Alaska | July 1st, 2016

McKibben Jackinsky presents her book Too Close to Home? Living with ‘Drill, Baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE | July 11 from 4:00-6:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore

The book includes accounts from Alaska residents who have sold, leased or rented their property to oil industry companies and from businesses that are dependent on a fossil fuel economy. According to Bill McKibben, “This engrossing account of what it means to ordinary Alaskans when the oil industry shows up on their doorsteps is a good reminder that the damage from fossil fuels can hit hard locally on its way to the atmosphere and the climate.” And according to Adam Briggle, (A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking) , “With an all-too-rare open-mindedness, Jackinsky adeptly turns a kaleidoscope of perspectives around the defining issue of our times.” Author McKibben Jackinsky is a life-long Alaskan and award-winning journalist who has worked in and written about Alaska’s oil and gas industry from numerous perspectives. Free parking in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, Sports Campus West Lot.

Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Readings Schedule, in conjunction with the UAA MFA Summer Residency
ANCHORAGE | July 10-19 nightly, 8 pm, UAA ARTS Building Room 150

Writing about Restaurants in Alaska with Julia O’Malley

| Interested in writing about food and restaurants in Alaska? This
mini-workshop will take participants through the process of writing smart,
constructive food criticism that understands Alaska’s dining culture, our
cuisines and influences, our unique food supply issues and the
expectations of the local reading audience, all while
applying the standards of the wider food world. Participants will
read and discuss food criticism, eat together, write and give feedback. This
mini-workshop is designed for anyone with an interest in dining culture,
people working in food and wine, as well as journalists who write about food.
Thursday nights, August 11 and August 18, 6 to 8 pm, at Fire
Island Bakery, 1343 G St. Cost is $90 + the cost of one meal. Space
is limited to 8. Learn more and reserve a spot while
they last.
Grants with Alaska Humanities Forum Grants Officer Megan Zlatos 
| Thursday, June 30th, 12:30-1:30 pm, Bear Gallery (3rd Floor
AK Centennial Center for the Arts). This Fairbanks Arts Association brown
bag lunch community arts meeting will
inform participants about the Alaska Humanities Forum’s grant opportunities and
provide insider tips to make sure proposals shine in front of selection
committees. Email jess@fairbanks.org to RSVP. 
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival 
July 17-31, 2016. See below or here for
info on the creative writing programing. The Festival offers more than 200 workshops and 100 performances in music,
dance, visual arts, literary arts, theatre, culinary arts, and healing arts for
people who are enthusiastic about the fine arts. 
| 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: 
6: Paul Greci
September: UAF
Faculty Reading
October: TBA
November: TBA
December: Rosemary
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). 
free information session about the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program
, eligibility requirements
and application process will be held July 7, 2016 from noon – 1 p.m. Potential
applicants are invited to attend in-person or remotely through
teleconference/webinar. Join:
Person – Alaska State Museum in Juneau
– use this webinar link
phone – 1 (877) 615-4339; passcode: 8471 067
Summer Arts Festival Creative Writing Class
18-29th, 2016
 M-F 9:00-4:20  
| This class is open to people with all levels of writing skills. The
focus is on generating new work. Students will write every day under the
guidance of the Festival staff. Each day will offer directed writing activities
and close readings of literature from a writer’s perspective. We will discuss
poetry and prose, and students may write either or both. The class will focus
on generating new writing. Students will practice several stages of the writing
process: beginning, drafting and revising. 1 week  $210, two
weeks $395 | University credit is available, with separate registration.
Mountains Writing Workshop’s Riversong float trip
20-26, 2016
and WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK | In beautiful McCarthy, Alaska and the
surrounding Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. This
year’s workshop features a dynamic staff including poet, essayist and
singer/songwriter David Lynn Grimes; professional
singer/songwriter Michelle McAfee; visual
artist, writer, and songwriter Robin Child; and
longstanding workshop director, poet, and essayist Nancy Cook. The workshop
will include two nights and a full day of craft sessions at the Wrangell
Mountains Center in McCarthy, followed by a four night educational float trip
along the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers of Southcentral Alaska.
$975 includes all meals, instruction, and guided river trip with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters. Check out the
smiles in last year’s Riversong album and
register here. Workshop limited to
eight student writers/songwriters.   
2016 Tutka
Bay Writers Retreat
9-11th, 2016
BAY LODGE | This 49 Writers program takes place at the fantastic
Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie
 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. Registration is $600 for members and $650 for
nonmembers. Learn more and register.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency
period is open until August 15, 2016. Eligible creative writers are invited to
apply for fully-funded, two-month-long writing residencies in 2017 at Djerassi
Resident Artists Program in the Santa Cruz Mountains near San Francisco. Alaska
writers who have received the award in prior years include Arlitia Jones,
Christine Byl, Ernestine Saankalaxt’ Hayes, and Rosemary McGuire. Learn more and apply.
free information session about the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program
, eligibility requirements
and application process will be held July 7, 2016 from noon – 1 p.m. Potential
applicants are invited to attend in-person or remotely through
teleconference/webinar. Join:
Person – Alaska State Museum in Juneau
– use this webinar link
phone – 1 (877) 615-4339; passcode: 8471 067
State Council on the Arts 
accepts some grant applications from
individual artists, including writers, on a rolling basis. Learn more.
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