Friday, October 12, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

We had a wonderful turnout last week for our first 49 Writers literary salon of the season—a great opportunity for our members to gather, get to know or reconnect with one other, and share some of their work. These gatherings are hosted in a member’s home and invitations go out to current members only due to space limitations. Be sure to renew your membership if it has expired! Many thanks to Martha and John Amore for hosting, to Morgan Grey for organizing, to our ten writers who read from a variety of work, and to all who attended.

How have you been celebrating
Alaska Book Week? Do let us know what you’ve been up to this week, October 6-13, and we’ll post your report and photos on the website. Events are listed at the Alaska Book Week website and on the website calendar. Don’t forget to enter the daily drawing for a free Alaska book on the website or the 49 Writers Facebook page.

On October 13, 7-8:30pm
, Linda Gregerson and Arlitia Jones will be joining forces for a unique Synergies event at Out North, Workaday: New Poems, New Play. Book signing and no-host after party at Kinley’s to follow. Note: Play contains strong adult language.

There is still time to register for Linda Gregerson’s workshop “The Poetic Line,” October 14, 10am-noon
. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from this fine poet and accomplished educator on her brief visit to Alaska. Writers of both poetry and prose are welcome, as well as readers looking to broaden their knowledge of poetic craft. For information and to register, click here. Thanks to the Alaska State Council on the Arts for their support of this workshop.

Pass this on to the young writers and the educators in your lives! The deadline for our first
WYAK writing contest of the year is October 31. You will find tips for educators on the Teachers page of the website.

Debbie Miller reports that she is currently on an extensive tour that relates to
On Arctic Ground, a new adult photo essay book published by Braided River. To write the book she traveled by canoe and on foot for more than 600 miles, exploring a vast and magnificent landscape. Visit the website to find out about planned events in your area. Debbie looks forward to seeing some of you on the road!

Can you spare a few hours to volunteer at Loussac Library’s Teen Underground to assist with their writing program? TU VISTA Candace Blas is looking for help with organizing and leading teen workshops for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), November 1-30
. If you are interested, please contact her at Thank you!

If you have news to share of publishing success, a book signing, or any other literary activity in your community, email us at and we’ll help to spread the word.

Tonight, Friday October 12, at 7pm, poet Linda Gregerson will read as part of UAF’s Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Schaible Auditorium, UAF, Fairbanks.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 13, between 12-2pm, Carol Sturgulewski will be signing books and telling stories about life in ‘the house,’ about which she wrote her book White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor’s Mansion. Fireside Books, Palmer.

A reminder: the deadline for submissions for this year’s Poetry Out Loud is Monday October 15. The registration form and information on the Alaska state Competition is posted at Having done so well last year, it’s likely that Alaskan teens will put on a strong showing again!

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. During fall and winter 2012-2013, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition. State champions will advance to the National Finals, to take place on April 29-30, 2013, in Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, October 17, 5-7pm, everyone is invited to the UAA Campus Bookstore for an Open Mic Night with the Alaska Native Oratory Society—an evening of poetry, stories, music, and song. Sponsored by Alaska Native Studies.

Poetry Parley takes place Wednesday October 17, 7pm, at Out North Contemporary Art House, 3800 DeBarr Rd. the local poet is Leslie Fried; the ‘marquee’ poet is Kevin Patchen.

On Thursday, October 18, 5-7pm, UAA Civil Engineering Professor Dr Tom Ravens will give an overview of his work on climate change in Alaska. UAA Campus Bookstore. Free and open to all.

In Homer, starting next Thursday October 18 and for the next three Thursdays through November 8, 2 - 3pm, mothers are invited to bring children age two and under to Writing Playgroup at Sprout, (3691 Ben Walters Lane, 235-6044). While your baby or toddler plays, writer and mom Miranda Weiss will provide some writing prompts, and we'll discuss ways to record parenting moments--lows and highs. Bring a notebook and pen, or whatever you want to write on. This is an excuse for some adult headspace within a life with young children. Free.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities have been announced. The honorees will be celebrated and the awards presented during a dinner at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on Thursday, October 18th, beginning with a champagne reception at 6pm. The awards are sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Office of the Governor with generous support from ConocoPhillips Alaska and BP. Tickets: $85 per person. Corporate and VIP sponsorship tables may be reserved through Gina Brown at the Alaska State Council on the Arts at or by calling 907-269-6610To register for this event, go to For more information about the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities, or the 2012 awardees, call the Alaska State Council on the Arts at 907-269-6610 or visit: ; or call the Alaska Humanities Forum at 907-272-5341 or visit:

Poets to Homer to raise money for Cirque JournalSpenard JazzFest poets and dancers are taking their show to Homer, Friday October 19, 7 pm at the Bunnell Gallery.  The show “Nervous for Love” is described as,  “Random and rowdy.  Reckless and tender.  Six poets blend their aesthetic in juxtapositions and collisions of the spoken word.  Dancers and musicians conspire to take it to the next level, in a collaboration centered on the poem.”  The group is performing as Venus Transit.  It includes Sandra Kleven, Elizabeth L Thompson, Peter Porco, Gabrielle Barnett, Tamara Rothman, Brian Hutton, Melissa Wanamaker, and Corliss Kimmel. It's a pay what you can event, with a chunk of the revenue going to support Cirque Literary Journal.

The Alaska Chapter of Sisters in Crime, now called the Arctic Cliffhangers is hosting a daylong conference on October 20. The 2012 Forensic Foray will be held at the Dimond Center Hotel (go to to register) in Anchorage. Workshops will be given by attorneys, state troopers, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations and will cover topics like methods of arrest, reading body language, and pep-spice. The $35 fee for the day includes lunch. The mission of the Arctic Cliffhangers is to advance education and literacy in Anchorage and across the state by promoting literature and the arts, with the emphasis on the reading and writing of crime fiction by women. As one of 48 chapters worldwide of Sisters in Crime with over 3,000 members, they remain dedicated to the development and advancement of women crime writers. Are you interested in learning more? Contact and see how you can get involved. 

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska is excited to offer the opportunity for writers professional and amateur statewide to be involved. They are holding a writing contest for ages 12 and up.  Age categories and prizes are as follows:
    12-18: Aspiring Writers Package
    19-35: Digital Camera Package
    36-50: Scrapbooking Package                                                                         
    51-74: Alaska Railroad Tickets
    75+: Cash Prize
    Grand Prize: 40,000 Alaska Airlines Miles

The theme of the contest is ‘Memory Through My Eyes’ and it is designed to raise awareness of a disease that affects over 6000 Alaskans and over 5.4 million Americans.  Contest rules can be found on the website at along with information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. All entries must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 16.  Entries can be emailed to , mailed or dropped off at our office at 1750 Abbott Rd. Anchorage, AK 99507.  Please contact Mariel Fonteyn, with questions.

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