Friday, November 23, 2012

49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Thank you to those of you who have already made a year-end financial gift to 49 Writers in response to our annual appeal for support. Direct contributions from the community make up one-third of our budget, and Alaska’s writers and readers have always been generous in their giving. Visit our website for more information about our programs and activities in 2012. It’s easy to donate online – just click here!

On December 3, 7:00 pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company, celebrated Alaskan chef Kirsten Dixon will give a Reading & Craft Talk entitled “Stirring Words” –a discussion of how she brings all things culinary to the table and to her writing.

On Wednesday, December 5, 7-9 pm, at Indigo Tea Lounge, 221 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage, we are inviting anyone who participated in one of our 2012 writing classes or the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat to read from their published, completed or work-in-progress inspired by what you learned.

Poems in Place, a unique collaboration among Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers and ultimately the residents of Alaska, will kick off its next round of calls for poems with evenings of poetry readings in Ketchikan and Fairbanks in the next couple of weeks. The Poems in Place project will install a poem written by an Alaskan in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park’s system in the coming years, including Totem Bight State Historical Park and Chena River State Recreation Area in 2013. Information about the Poems in Place project – and how writers can submit poems to the project – will be available following the readings and through state wide media in December 2012.

On Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council will sponsor a poetry event at the Main Street Gallery. Please join us to hear Ketchikan poets Teague Whalen, Ray Troll, Evon Zerbetz, Keith Smith, Dave Kiffer, George Pasley, Tom Fowler, and former-Ketchikanite ErinCoughlin Hollowell  read poetry inspired by Southeast Alaska. Hollowell is a member of the Poems in Place committee. She’ll explain how anyone can submit a poem to be placed in Totem Bight State Park. Refreshments and conversation will follow.

On Wednesday December 12, 5:30-7 pm in the Bear Gallery of the Fairbanks Arts Association, Poems in Place, in collaboration with the Fairbanks Arts Association, will host an informational gathering and poetry reading by some of Fairbanks’ best known poets. Poets reading that evening will include JohnMorgan, Renee Singh, Derick Burleson, Rebecca Morse, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell and Carolyn Kremers. For more information, contact the Fairbanks Arts Association at 907.456.6485.

Cinthia Ritchie's poem, "How She Died," has been accepted for an upcoming issue of Third Wednesday. Her creative nonfiction piece, "Communion" has been accepted at The Boiler Journal and "Running Away From a Fat Man's Bed" in The Foliate Oak Review.

Children’s author Sherry Shahan is offering a free 30-minute Skype visit to schools and libraries that use her new Alaskan-based adventure book Ice Island as part of an Alaskan unit or in conjunction with the fun reading incentive program, Idita-READ. It’s a middle-grade adventure featuring young teens and their sled dogs, with the information about the 1925 Serum Run and history of the Iditarod woven into the story. If you are interested, please contact Sherry direct via her website. This is a great way for remote schools and libraries to meet an author and learn about the inspiration behind her adventure novels.

The International Journal of Literary Nonfiction sends out an international call for submissions. the journal is based at Loyola Marymount University. Essay, memoir, commentary; 1,000-5,000 words; black and white art, photography. Submissions deadline: December 31. Submit via email:

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

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