Friday, August 10, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Roundup

Hope to see you at our latest Synergies event tonight, August 10, 7:00 pm! In addition to a wonderful evening of poetry, prose, and music with visiting writer Dan-Beachy Quick and Alaska musician Emily Kurn, we will be selling the last six signed limited edition John Haines broadsides, featuring “Poem of the Forgotten” – an early poem that first appeared in Winter News (Wesleyan, 1966). Proceeds go to the John Haines/49 Writers Poetry Fund, to benefit Synergies and other opportunities for Alaska poets. Show your support for poetry and gain something beautiful in return!

We have a vacancy for the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Pam Houston, September 7-9. If you had hoped to go but found out registration was closed, now is your chance! Just email 49retreats@gmail.com to secure a place.

There still time to pick your favorite finalist in this year’s Ode to a Dead Salmon contest – voting ends on August 12, and the winner will be announced on Monday. After going neck-to-neck for a while it looks like “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, More Red Fish” by Sam N. Cook has surged ahead of Lee Goodman’s “Ode to a Dead Salmon 1” – every vote counts!

Pitchapalooza will be at the Alaska State Fair! If you want to attend a workshop in person, there will be an opportunity on August 27, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Location to be confirmed. If you want to participate in the August 16-18 workshops via videoconference, check the schedule and see if your local library can participate via the AlaskaOWL network or contact Amy Marshall at Craig Library for more information about connecting into these events. In Anchorage, you can go to the Alaska State Library conference room to participate – contact Sue Sherif for more information.

The next Poetry Parley takes place at Out North on August 15, 7:00 pm. This month's event will feature 10 local poets reading their own work or the work of a favorite poet: Elizabeth Thompson, Betsy Doud, J. Golden Ramsey, Judy Stoll, Jacob Holley-Kline, Susannah Numme, Marcie Winter, and Teeka Ballas. Teeka Ballas also recognize the winning poets in F Magazine's F'Air Words contest - Sandra Kleven, D.C. McKenzie, and Miranda Rose.

If you missed Andromeda's post yesterday, be sure to check it out. The Alaska State Council on the Arts is seeking nominations for the next Alaska Writer Laureate, and nominations are due on September 31.

Soak up wilderness and mountain views at the 2013 Writers in Residence program at Denali National Park. Deadline is September 30. All three writers chosen in 2012 are Alaska residents.

Fairbanks Arts Association hosts the Tanana Valley State Fair Creative Writing Award winners at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Bear Gallery, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way. 

Anchorage essayist and author Bill Sherwonit will teach a nature-writing workshop Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3) at Stillpoint Lodge in Kachemak Bay’s Halibut Cove. Through readings, writing exercises, discussions, and quiet time spent in the company of nature (all of which are elements of the nature writer’s life), participants will discover—or perhaps in some instances, relearn—the ways that “writing down the wild” can lead to an intimacy with the larger, wilder world we inhabit. The cost of $495 includes round-trip transportation from Homer, three nights lodging, gourmet meals, tuition for the workshop, outdoor activities, and more. To sign up for the workshop or to get more information, go tohttp://www.stillpointlodge.com/workshops/8-31.htm or call  907-296-2283.


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