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Read Local | An Alaska Book Week Celebration 10/10 @ Coppa

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:06pm

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!

  • A reception for Ernestine Hayes, author Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir the 2015-16 UAS One Campus, One Book selection.
  • Author readings by Ernestine Hayes (Blonde Indian), Carrie Enge (Crab Bait), Aleria Jensen (A Soldier’s Station, 2015 Poems in Place Selection) and Joan Kane* (Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal)
  • Special announcement by Alaska Writer Laureate- Frank Soos, of the title of the book for the upcoming statewide reading program, Alaska Reads.
  • Coffee and ice-cream available for purchase.
  • Sponsored by UAS One Campus One Book, 49 Writers, Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Library, Anchorage Public Library, the Alaska Quarterly Review.  
  • * Kane and Soos will participate via Google Hangouts.

More info at

Facebook Event page:

Author Bios:

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, 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.

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