Friday, November 27, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for November 27

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

The last Workshop for this season organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website.


LIST AND LITANY with Caroline Goodwin
December 12 from 6:00-9:00pm 
Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)
Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!

This class is designed to help you walk confidently into the metaphorical “blank page”.  As writers, we must do this again and again, regardless of whether we are seasoned artists or just getting started. Our minds contain many doors, our imaginations many openings and opportunities. In “List and Litany” we will spend the first hour responding to a series of specific prompts. These will take us through several imaginative doors. Next, we will read and begin to shape our writings, looking for any patterns that present themselves. We will listen to Christopher Dewdney perform a section of A Natural History of Southwestern Ontario and we will read a few poems that use listing effectively. The workshop will conclude with a reading and discussion of next steps in developing the writing. Every student will have the opportunity to send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written response.


Events at the UAA Bookstore

Tuesday, December 1 from 11:30am-2:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
Alaska Native Masks
Special guests Sven Haakanson, Alvin Amason, Ann Fienup-Riordan,  and Anna Mossolova come together to share their intimate knowledge and study of Alaska Native masks. Introducing the guest speakers will be Maria Shaa Tla Williams, director of Alaska Native Studies at UAA. The nature of masks within expressions of animal symbolism and transformation, and Alaska native mask collections abroad will be discussed. 

Sven Haakanson is former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in KodiakAlaska.
Renowned artist Alvin Eli Amason is Sugpiaq Alaskan painter and sculptor currently developing a native arts program at UAA. Cultural Anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan is author of more than 20 books and translations. Anna Mossolova is a UAA Anthropology Department and Alaska Native Studies Program graduate student. This event is sponsored with Alaska Center for the Book and the Anchorage Public Library.
There is free parking for this event in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and the East Garage.

Thursday, December 3 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Author Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan and Ray Bane present Our Perfect Wild
Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan discusses her book is Our Perfect Wild Ray and Barbara Bane's Journeys and the Fate of the Far North, recently published by University of Alaska PressAnd joining Kaylene, via Skype, will be Ray Bane who now resides in Hawaii.
Our Perfect Wild examines the life of Ray and Barbara Bane who in the 1960s worked as teachers in Barrow and Wainwright, Alaska, A decade later, Ray’s dedication to the Alaska Native subsistence lifestyle leads him to work for the National Park Service  as a park planner for Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and many other National Parks in Alaska.
Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan is also author of the highly acclaimed books Canyons and Ice, the Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith and the book A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Son in Alaska.  
There is free parking for this event in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and the East Garage.

Saturday, December 12 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Chuck Sassara presents Propellers, Politics, and People: Chuck Sassara’s Alaska

Chuck Sassara , a longtime Alaskan, former legislator, pilot, and  businessman, shares his life and adventures in the book Chuck Sassara’s Alaska – Propellers,Politics and People
Everyone is invited to come and hear, uncensored, about the life and times of Chuck Sassara.
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays

Monday, December 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 302A
Poet Caroline Goodwin presents Peregrine
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Caroline Goodwin received her MFA in Poetry from the University of British Columbia and was awarded the Wallace Stegner fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University in 1999.
There is free parking at UAA during semester break.    

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at or 786-4782. For a look at future events visit

Local Library Events
Book Signings

The next installation of The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, will be held Friday, Dec. 11, in the back room at Jitters coffee house in Eagle River. Come hear stories and poems from people in our community who love all things literary. The program runs from 7-9 pm. Refreshments served. Mingle with other writers and readers at this free event. See our Facebook page at: The Living Room
Sign up to read or just come and listen. For more info, call Monica Devine at 444-4633.

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is in search of volunteer storytellers to help lead a 3-hour storytelling workshop for young fishermen. The workshop will take place Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 in Juneau, and will focus on how narrative — expressed through a variety of mediums — can be used at many levels of personal and professional communication. The workshop will offer strategies for fishermen to access and tell their unique story. We believe that strong personal and collective narratives are key factors in advocating for healthy communities and ecosystems, and hope to share useful tools for developing those narratives through this workshop. Ideally, our guest storyteller would also have a connection to Alaskan fisheries, past or present. If interested, please contact Hannah Heimbuch at, or (907) 299-4018



The fifteenth Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference will be held on June 10-14 in Homer. This year's keynote is Pulitzer Prize winning, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. She will be joined by Miriam Altshuler (agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine CapĆ³ Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard Hoffman, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Nancy Lord, Jane Rosenman (editor), Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. For more information and to register go to the website

The sixth annual North Words Writers Symposium will be held May 25-28 in Skagway. Novelist/essayist/editor and storyteller supreme Brian Doyle of Portland, Oregon (Mink River, The Plover, Martin Marten, and the forthcoming Chicago) will be the 2016 keynote author. He will be joined by Alaskan authors Kim Heacox, Eowyn Ivey, Heather Lende, Lynn Schooler, John Straley, and Emily Wall. For more information and to register go to

360 North will start the 2015-16 season of Writers’ Showcase. All Alaska writers are invited to submit fiction and nonfiction pieces. Stories are read before a live studio audience by professional actors, and later broadcast throughout Alaska on statewide public TV and radio. Stories should be about 10 minutes long when read aloud. Profanity will need to be edited for broadcast.
January 18, 2016                                February 25, 2016
April 25, 2016                                    June 2, 2016
Submit to arts [at] ktoo [dot] org.
For questions contact Scott Burton
Arts, Culture and Music Producer at 907.463.6473
The 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will open in August. This year's Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found at

2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th. We are in the process of exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening. Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing

13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email or visit

Alderworks Alaska Writers and Artists Retreat will be accepting residency applications November 15, 2015 - January15, 2016. For more information visit

Book Release
Join for a reading and celebration of a new book edited by Jan Straley and illustrated by Norm Campbell: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska. The event will take place on Saturday, November 28th, 3pm to 5pm at Old Harbor Books in Sitka

Norm Campbell's original illustrations will be on display and the event will also include a 90th birthday celebration for Ed's daughter Nancy Ricketts.

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