Excited to be working with the Alaska Center for the Book and to take part in the Alaska Book Week Celebration with an event here in Juneau. Ernestine even asked if I planned on reading, I better get some poems revised. Hope to see some familiar faces. Download a flyer to post around town anywhere I missed.
Read Local | An Alaska Book Week Celebration
October 10, 2015 | 7:00-9:00 PM | Coppa (917 Glacier Avenue)
Join us for a celebration of Alaska’s books and authors plus an exciting announcement!
More info at www.uas.alaska.edu/ocob
Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048665185168204/
Ernestine Hayes was born to the Wolf House, Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan in Alaska at the end of World War II. In Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, she weaves reminiscences of her life, stories from her grandmother, Tlingit history, nature writing, and fiction into a testament of the twentieth-century Alaska Native experience and a love song to the land.
In 2007, Blonde Indian received an American Book Award and Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature award, was named October 2006 Native America Calling Book of the Month, was a finalist for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize and the 2007 PEN Non-fiction Award and is the 2015-16 UAS One Campus, One Book selection. She received her MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.
Carrie Enge has taught English for the last forty years, first in Petersburg, Alaska and later at University of Alaska Southeast. She received her masters in creative writing from University of Alaska limited residency program. Miss Howe, her third grade teacher, told Carrie she should be an author, but it took 60 years to implement the plan. Besides teaching and writing, Carrie has commercial fished, squeezed herring, coached debate, pulled a lot of weeds, and raised two lovely daughters.
Aleria Jensen’s poems and essays have appeared in Orion Magazine, Potomac Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Tidal Echoes, Camas, Sea Stories,Terrian.org and the 49 Writers Blog. She has work included in the collection Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing, released in October 2010 by the University of Utah Press. In 2015 her poem, “Soldier’s Station” was selected by The Poems in Place Project of the Alaska Center for the Book for placement at Caines Head State Recreation Area near Seward, AK. She lives in Juneau, Alaska with her partner, six year old son and three year old daughter.
Frank Soos has published two works of fiction: Early Yet, and Unified Field Theory, the 1997 winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and one book of essays, Bamboo Fly Rod Suite. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alaska State Council on the arts, he is professor emeritus of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2009 he published, Double Moon: Constructions and Conversations with visual artist Margo Klass. Klass and Soos began their collaboration in 2002. They make their home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife and Hyperboreal. She has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the USA Projects Creative Vision Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the School for Advanced Research.
Kane graduated from Harvard College, where she was a Harvard National Scholar, and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of a graduate Writing Fellowship. Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, she raises her children in Anchorage, Alaska, and is a faculty mentor with the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Under the recent influence of Haiku poets Alan and Donna (Beaver) Pizzarelli, I woke up to my first Haiku poem I have written in over 45 years!
A Time of Reciprocity: Memorial Potlatch
We hold out an empty plate
Eight years ago Al Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver met at a Haiku Poetry convention out there on the East Coast (but pardon me, I forget where!?). It was love-at-first-sight for Al; Donna didn’t know what to do with his notoriety, talent, charm and wit except to collaborate with him on a project that totally inspired both of them; years later, they are still at it!
Alan Pizzarelli is a poet, musician, and artist born in 1950 to an Italian-American family in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of 13 collections of poetry. During the early 1970s, he began a serious study of haiku and related forms in New York City under the tutelage of Professor Harold G. Henderson, author of An Introduction to Haiku and Haiku in English. Since then, many of Pizzarelli’s poems have achieved worldwide acclaim and have appeared in a variety of textbooks, journals, and anthologies.
I recently read Al’s “Frozen Socks.” Each brief piece of writing took me around the block and back again. It’s the first book of poetry I read from front to back and then again! I had three nights to hang out and work at Donna and Al’s home in New Jersey. I divided the book into three sections. When I tucked myself into bed each of those three nights, I read one section. The writings brought me to tears, made me laugh too loud and stopped me in my tracks. I tell you he is one heck of a Raven Trickster who reminds the reader of our vulnerable human condition!
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A member of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan (Wolf) Clan, Donna Beaver Pizzarelli was born in 1961 in Juneau, Alaska. She hails from a long line of artists, most notably her late mother, beadworker/doll-maker Anna Beaver and her late grandfather, carver Amos Wallace. A media artist who specializes in web-design, research and podcasts, she is a visual artist extraordinaire, a writer and is about to embark on the path of her grandfather Amos: metal/stone jewelry.
In 2009, hosts Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli produced the first Haiku Chronicles podcast. Today, more than 30 episodes later, what started off as a grass-roots effort with just a few hundred listeners has now grown to over two million plays of their episodes around the globe! You may visit their Haiku Chronicles website by CLICKING HERE.
Donna and Al have a couple of weeks to complete their website updates, print and assemble Donna’s book of poems, receive their shipment of Al’s books, and pack their recorders, laptops, cameras, etc. into their little Mini-Cooper to drive up to Schenectady, New York State to attend the international Haiku Convention. Non-stop they work together in their writings, productions, art and music. Hanging out with them has reminded me of how a pair of people totally in love and committed to one another and their art forms can change a small aspect of the human race.
You may read more about Alan Pizzarelli and Donna Beaver Pizzarelli when their individual websites are back up and running.
Montclair Art Museum in Monclair, New Jersey is the very first museum in the state to host Native American art. A 9-foot house post carved a few years ago by Canadian Tlingit artist Wayne Carlick, was gifted to the museum by art collectors Carole and Malcolm Schwartz. MAM acknowledged the gift by a dedication of the “Frog Woman” house post on Sunday, September 27th. Wayne and his wife Debra Michel were the guests of honor, making their long drive from the remote village of Atlin, British Columbia down the ALCAN (Alaska/Canadian) Highway, then catching the flight from Seattle to Newark, New Jersey.
Wayne Carlick was born in 1958 in Atlin, Canada and was raised on the Taku River in British Columbia. He is a member of the Tlingit Taltan Nation and a clan member of the Xooxhitan House. His Tlingit name is Yaan Dec-kin Yeil, which translates to Flying Raven.
After completing his schooling, Carlick trained in carpentry. he began carving poles, posts, bowls and clan regalia in 1992 when he apprenticed with famed Northwest Coast Indian artists Dempsey Bob. Carlick has become a successful, versatile artists and his artwork is in many museums, including a few pieces in the Montclair Art Museum.
Traditionally, Tlingit families lived together in large clan houses often built in a row along a river bank or beach. Four carved, painted house posts were placed at each corner of the house where they functioned as supports for the wood framework along the massive tree trunks. If the posts became very worn over time and could no longer serve as supports, they were attached to undecorated posts since they continued to be held in high esteem.
Featured on house posts are crest figures belonging to certain Tlingit families or sometimes illustrating Tlingit legends such as the story of Frog Woman.
After doing business in Seattle last week, I spent 4 days in Bloomfield working and visiting with my friends Donna Beaver and Al Pizzarelli. Donna is part of the organization crew working on the Tlingit Mentorship Program along with Preston Singeltary and Sue and Israel Shotridge and I. Earlier this month, Donna pointed out that MAM was hosting a house post dedication at the end of September and asked if I knew the carver. I shuffled my schedule a bit to make the trip out East. Amongst several other things I did in the brief visit, MAM’s dedication was intimate and moving, with lots of syncronicities. I’m glad I attended!
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