Friday, March 25, 2016

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for March 25

2016 Class Schedule
Registration for our classes and workshops continues. Description, details, and registration on our website.  Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.

Forms of Poetry taught by Alyse Knorr
April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6-9pm

Effectively Use Microsoft Word to Publish your Book to Kindle taught by Lara Madden
April 7, 6-9pm

Set Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 13, 6-9pm

Confusing the Censor: Nurturing Receptive Mind taught by Peter Kaufmann and Wendy Erd
April 8 6:30-8:30pm, April 9 9am-noon & 1-4pm

Set Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim Heacox
April 18, 6-9pm

Flashbacks Without Whiplash: Managing Time in Fiction by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Asynchronous online class
April 4-25


Savor the Rising Word Broadside Invitational
Members of 49 Writers and past or present participants in 49 Writers workshops are invited to submit poetry broadsides for display at Great Harvest Bread Co. throughout the month of April 2016 in honor of National Poetry Month. Featured poets will be encouraged to read their works during a public event at the bakery at a date and time to be determined. Broadsides in the exhibit will be available for sale and proceeds will be donated to 49 Writers; those not sold will be retained by 49 Writers for future displays or events.
Details: Broadly defined, a poetry broadside combines the words of a poem with visual imagery. Though often printed on a letterpress or in other printmaking media, for purposes of this exhibit we will include any presentation that combines original poetry and original artwork (including photos) on thick paper (at least cardstock weight) no greater than 14” x 18” in size. Collaborative poet/artist pieces and collage pieces are welcome as long as they do not exceed the size limit.
Deadline: Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Submissions should be well wrapped in an envelope or paper and mailed or delivered by this date to the following address:
Great Harvest Bread Co. Attn: Barbara Hood
570 East Benson, Suite 22 Anchorage, AK 99503

Please make sure your name(s) appear on the piece and include a completed Entry Form with your submission. All entrants will receive a coupon for a free loaf of bread and heartfelt gratitude. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your creative work and support a great cause!
For questions please contact Barbara at or 907-301-5362.

"Please note: The deadline for submissions to Savor the Rising Words Poetry Broadside Invitational has been extended until Tuesday, March 29. Great Harvest will be closed for the Easter holiday on Monday, March 28. Please contact Barbara at 301-5362 if you have any questions. Thank you." ~Barb

Savor the Rising Words Poetry Broadside Sale and Reading
Support Poetry in Alaska! Buy a Broadside!

All of the poets and artists featured in the exhibit have donated their work as a fundraiser for 49 Writers, an  organization that supports writing in Alaska through  programs and educational opportunities across the state. Each piece is for sale for $35.00 and may be purchased by contacting Barbara at 301-5362.

Attend the Reading
Several of the featured poets will be reading their work at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Thursday, April 16, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The program is free, the public is welcome, and  refreshments will be served. Please join us!


April 7 at 7pm at the Anchorage Museum
49 Writers is proud to present a Crosscurrents event entitled “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” featuring award-winning novelists Benjamin Percy and Don Rearden.

Ben Percy and Don Rearden will discuss writing fiction that tackles big subjects without sacrificing high tension and compelling stories. Both Percy and Rearden have written post-apocalyptic novels that speak to the underpinnings of culture and humanity. They will discuss the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive, as well as read from their work.

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Wilding, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for Fiction, and the psychological thriller Red Moon, and The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories.

Don Rearden is the author of The Raven’s Gift and a produced screenwriter. His films have aired on Showtime, TMC, and the Sci-FiNetwork. His novella Permafrost Heart, will be published in Weathered Edge II.

There will be time for questions following the panel as well as an opportunity to have books signed.

Events at the UAA Bookstore

Saturday, March 26 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Life & Times at the Port of Anchorage 1958-1989 with Historian J. Pennelope Goforth

J. Pennelope Goforth discusses the history of the Port of Anchorage and her project to catalog,  preserve and digitize Port of Anchorage historical documents.

J. Pennelope Goforth  is  founder of SeaCat Explorations: Adventures in Alaska's Maritime History .  She is author of Sailing the Mail in Alaska, The Maritime Years of Alaska Photographer John E. Thwaite, and is currently writing a book about the Alaska Commercial Co. business ledgers and logbooks from several villages in the Aleutians that she discovered  in Seattle.

There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.

Tuesday, March 29 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
David Holthouse presents: The Weird Turn Pro

Alaskan journalist, playwright, and documentary-maker, David Holthouse shares his work; discusses finding, reporting and writing stories; and fields questions.  Everyone is invited to come and hear how writing goes When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot , Sports Campus West Lot. 

Wednesday, March 30 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Di Gao presents Confucius’ Perspective on Morality

Di Gao is a professor in the Center for Ideological and Political Education at Northeast Normal University, China. He has translated the book, The Development of Social Knowledge: Morality and Convention by Elliot Turiel and is the author of Research on Socialist Core Values of Chinese Communist Party(People’s Publishing House, 2013),  
Currently, he is a visiting scholar in the field of children’s social and moral development and education at the Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley .
This event is sponsored with the UAA Confucius Institute.
There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot , Sports Campus West Lot. 

The UAA Campus Bookstore will have the Grand Reveal Celebration Week, March 21-26with daily drink specials and activities all week long. 

Saturday, April 2 from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Soren Wuerth presents Global and Local Climate Change and Adaptation:  Lessons from Paris

Soren Wuerth shares stories and photos from his visit to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December.  The world of global politics and climate change is discussed.
 Sören Wuerth is a teacher, environmental activist, and writer living in Girdwood, Alaska.  As a traveler on Spaceship Earth, he works to keep fellow passengers aware of systemic problems that threaten the engines of our biosphere. He maintains a blog at

There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.

Tuesday, April 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Ann Fienup-Riordan, Alice Rearden and Marie Meade present Anguyiim Nalliin: The History of Bow-and-Arrow Warfare in Southwest Alaska, recently published by University of Alaska Press.  Anguyiim Nalliini/Time of Warring draws on little-known oral histories from the Yup’ik people of southwest Alaska to detail a period of bow-and-arrow warfare that took place in the region between 1300 and 1800. The result of more than thirty years of research, discussion, and field recordings involving more than one hundred Yup’ik men and women, Anguyiim Nalliini tells a story not just of war and violence, but also of its cultural context—the origins of place names, the growth of indigenous architectural practices, the personalities of prominent warriors and leaders, and the eventual establishment of peaceful coexistence.

The book is presented in bilingual format, with facing-page translations, and it will be hailed as a landmark work in the study of Alaska Native history and anthropology.

Ann Fienup-Riordan is an anthropologist who has lived and worked in Alaska for more than forty years. She has written and edited more than twenty books on Yup’ik history and oral traditions. Alice Rearden is an Alaska-based translator and oral historian. Marie Meade teaches at UAA in Alaska Native Studies.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot  Sports Campus West Lot. 

Friday, April 8 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library room 307
David Stevenson presents Warnings Against Myself: Memoirs of a Superstitious Mountaineer

David Stevenson discusses and reads from his recently published memoir, Warnings Against Myself.
“With this book, Stevenson has joined the ranks of that rare breed: an excellent mountaineering writer…. His essays show a remarkable awareness not only of the physical world but of the innermost turmoil that can occur during moments of stress.”  --author Steve Roper.
David Stevenson is the director of the Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is the author of the short fiction collection Letters from Chamonix, winner of the Banff Mountain Festival Fiction Prize. Since 1995 he has s been the book reviews editor at The American Alpine Journal.

There is free parking at UAA on Fridays.

Saturday, April 9 from 1:00pm-3:00pmIshmael Hope presents Courtesans of Flounder Hill

Ishmael Hope is a storyteller, poet and writer who explores his Inupiaq and Tlingit heritages. His Inupiaq name is Angaluuk and his Tlingit name is Khaagwaask'.
Courtesans of Flounder Hill is his first collection of poetry and is published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company.

According to the late Richard Dauenhauer, Ishmael Hope “ reminds us how each of us is central in a multigenerational relationship involving ancestry, self, and descendants; heritage, contemporary culture, and legacy; an unbroken chain of storytellers, daily life, and dreams, always negotiating, in the words of T. S. Eliot, between tradition and the individual talent.”

Ishmael Hope is also author of the comic book Strong Man and was the lead writer for the highly acclaimed video game Kisima Ingitchuna: Never Alone.
This event is sponsored by Alaska Center for the Book and is made possible by the generous support of Lila Vogt.
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.

Monday, April 11 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
Kathryn Ohle presents Unite for Literacy: Bringing Books in Cup’ik, Tlingit, and Inupiaq to Kids Everywhere

Kathryn Ohle discusses her research in early childhood education and her work with Unite for Literacy. Her project, to promote early literacy and language preservation, seeks to provide bilingual children's books in Alaska Native languages, online and in print, to families, children, and teachers.

Kathryn Ohle is associate professor in Early Childhood Education, COE at UAA. She is the recipient of a Selkregg Award, a CCEL grant, and receives support from Kawarek, Inc. for her work in literacy.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot , Sports Campus West Lot. 

Thursday, April 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Dr. Kristin Hanson presents Iñupiaq Translations and Transformations of Protestant Beliefs and Practices

Dr. Kristin Hanson’s book Alaska Native (Iñupiaq) Translations and Transformations of Protestant Beliefs and Practices: A Case Study of How Religions Interact, has recently been published by Edwin Mellen Press. It explores how has and how can Inupiaq spirituality-culture inform and shape the immigrant Christian system, as well as the lives of Inupiat who have embraced Protestant beliefs.

The book is based on an ethnographic study of two Anchorage congregations that have notable Seward Peninsula-Norton Sound Inupiaq representation within them. And includes an introduction to the early missionary history of the Seward Peninsula-Norton Sound region, including first-person glimpses of village life, difficult urban transitions, and multi-faceted racism.

Dr. Kristin Hanson teaches world philosophies and religions at UAA. She earned her Ph.D. in Religion and a Certificate of Women's Studies at Emory University.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, Sports Campus West Lot. 

Local Library Events
Book Signings


49 Writers co-founder Andromeda Romano-Lax's third novel, BEHAVE, a novel about motherhood and science set in the Jazz Age, was published Tuesday and is already picking up some early honors, including selection as an Amazon Best Book of the Month (March) and an Indie Next Pick (April). Interviews ran this week with BookPage and with Paste (a literary magazine, in their March issue devoted to the subject of sex). Andromeda wants to thank Alaska writers and readers as well as Alaska organizations like the Alaska Council on the Arts, who supported this project.  



The Living Room: Stories for Grownups, to be held April 8, 2016, 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.

Woosh Kinaadeiyí
This month's poetry slam is being incorporated into UAS's Sound and Motion series and, as such, will be beginning 30 minutes earlier than usual in the Egan Lecture Hall.

March 25th, Friday, at 5:30 sign up for the 6 o'clock slam, featuring this month's theme of THAWED. 

Must have three original pieces to compete, unaccompanied by props or music and of course, as always, this event is all ages and completely free.




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, who will be joined by Miriam Altshuler (agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine Capó 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

Registration now open to the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at the Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning novelist and short story writer Rick Moody will lead fiction writers in a workshop will focus on experiment, imagination, and revision, techniques for each, with an emphasis on writing prompts, close reading of sentences, and ideas about structure. There will be much in-class writing, and the overall atmosphere will stick close to supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive improvement. The engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to:

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 RiverThe PloverMartin 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.
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

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

Alaska magazine is seeking pitches from new and established writers. We are a publication for Alaska enthusiasts and need a wide variety of articles. The best section to break into the magazine is KtoB (formerly Ketchikan to Barrow), and includes everything from cool job profiles to End of the Trail obituaries to a short write up about an Alaska-made product. We’d also like to see queries about culture, history, nature, interviews with Alaskans and feature articles ideas. Review recent hard copy issues of Alaska magazine and visit for more about us, and then send short, descriptive pitches to freelance contributing editor Susan Sommer at

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

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