Friday, February 15, 2013

49 Writers Round-up

Seth Kantner and Loussac director Mary Jo Torgeson, photo courtesy of Lila Vogt

It was wonderful to see such a strong turnout for the two 49 Writers events at the Anchorage Reads celebration last Saturday. Thank you to the Anchorage Public Library for initiating the collaboration and to our fantastic guest authors who volunteered their services to teach a workshop on Writing Your Place (Douglass Bourne), to moderate a panel on the same topic (the inimitable Don Rearden), and to engage in a stimulating panel conversation about grounding your writing in a specific place (Sherry Simpson, Eowyn Ivey, and Seth Kantner). Our gratitude also goes to Lila Vogt and the Copper Whale Inn for sponsoring Seth Kantner’s travel and accommodation.

Cinthia Ritchie at Great Harvest Bread
Once again it was standing room only at the latest Reading & Craft Talk at Great Harvest Bread, this month featuring Cinthia Ritchie and her recently published Dolls Behaving Badly. One takeaway from the discussion of finding the time to write was the suggestion that you might be more productive when you have to fit it into a full schedule than when you can dedicate your entire day to writing! Such is human nature. Take heart, those with lives packed to the gunwales. Thanks to KONR Out North for recording the event, look for it soon on their Facebook page. Kudos to Barbara Hood and the GHB staff (the chocolate mint cookies were awesome) and volunteer coordinator Lucian Childs.

The next Reading & Craft talk on Monday, March 4, 7pm, will feature poet Anne Coray, who will discuss “The Poem Within.”

Alaska Poets in Winter, a blog-based discussion, returns for its third year on Sunday, February 24, 1-3 pm. Moderated by Sandra Kleven (thank you, Sandy), this year’s discussion will feature Fairbanks poet John Morgan and Juneau poet Emily Wall. Look for more details in an upcoming blog post.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Alaska’s new State Writer Laureate, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, who will be appearing in our first Crosscurrents event of 2013 for an onstage conversation with Diane Benson on Tuesday, February 19, 7pm at the Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library. We are pleased to bring you this event in partnership with the Anchorage Public Library and Alaska Writers Guild. While in Anchorage, Nora will also be teaching a Tlingit language component to the after-school High School Program art class at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Tuesday through Friday.

The 2013 Crosscurrents schedule also features Nancy Zafris and Frank Soos on Friday, April 5, 7 pm and Ron Carlson and Don Rearden on Wednesday, September 4, 7 pm, both at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Auditorium.

Here’s a reminder of upcoming 49 Writers classes:
  • Saturday, February 16, 9am-4pm: “Bring in the Clowns: the Uses of Humor in Writing,” a workshop with Richard Chiappone
  • Monday, February 19, 6:30-8:30pm: Building a Platform as a Writer, a series of workshops with Lorena Knapp
  • Tuesday, February 19, 6-9pm: Spiritual Writing: An Introduction, a series of classes with Kathleen Tarr
  • Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-9pm: Revision Intensive, a six-week series with Andromeda Romano-Lax – one slot left!
Homer is reading Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried for the Big Read. O’Brien himself will be in Homer for the Capstone Address two weeks from now on Friday, March 1, 7pm at the Mariner Theater. Before that, many activities have been taking place throughout the community. See this page at the National Endowment for the Arts for full details.  This week coming up, there will be:
  • A memory collage class with artist Ann-Margaret Wimmerstadt at Homer Public Library, Tuesday February 19, 6-8pm;
  • A book discussion at Homer Public Library, Wednesday February 20, 4.30-6pm; and 
  • A Lecture by Erin Coughlin Hollowell on War Poetry Through the Ages at Homer Public Library, Thursday February 21, 6-8pm.
F Magazine’s Third Annual Statewide Writing Competition, F’AIR words, is underway. It is open to Poetry, Nonfiction, Short Story Fiction, and Novel excerpts. Visit their Call for Entry site for more details and to submit your work. Deadline: April 15.

Monica Devine won first place in Children’s Fiction with the Alaska Professional Communicators for her new book Kayak Girl, published by the University of Alaska Press. She will now compete at the national level through the National Federation of Press Women.

Homer-based writer and photographer Christina Whiting is preparing a photographic/literary art exhibit, and is looking for individuals 18 or over, male or female, from around the world and from all walks of life, to share what it means to them to be a man or a woman. Participation could be by questionnaire, being photographed, or by having their stories recorded. All responses, photographs and recordings would be identified by first name and age only. The goal is to create a traveling exhibit, a website, and a coffee table book, or eBook. Contact Christina at with “A Circle of Men and Women” in the subject line. Please share with anyone else likely to be interested in sharing.

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