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Thursday was Alaska day at AWP with a series of panel discussions and readings featuring Alaskan authors and publishers. Whether or not you agree that Alaska is currently in the midst of a “Literary Rennaissance” (sort of implies there was a dark ages) there’s no question that Alaska writing is hot right now. Publishing Local in the Last Frontier, hosted by VP&D House publisher Vered Mares, featured discussion about small press publishing along with author readings from Kris Farmen, Buffy McKay, and Martha Amore of Weathered Edge. In just four years of publishing, VP&D House has published nine titles in multiple genres, supporting and promoting Alaskan authors. Mares feels it’s important to establish a partnership and shared vision with her writers. Small presses can give writers a real advantage and focus on the quality of the work. A supportive local publisher ultimately might work harder for you and help you establish a strong local market for your work. Kris Farmen, Martha Amore, and Buffy McKay each gave their perspective on working directly with Mares through the entire process from editing, design, and marketing. While Mares, who acts as editor as well as publisher, wanted each of the writers to maintain their voice, to begin the book process they discussed themes and read and critiqued each others first drafts. The success of Weathered Edgehas sparked interest in publishing another novella collection. Keep your eye on this uniquely Alaskan small press. True North: Alaska Literary Nonfiction, featured readings and a panel discussion by Alaskan authors Christine Byl, Nancy Lord, Sherry Simpson, Ernestine Hayes, and Tom Kizzia. Nature is a big part of what Alaskan’s write about, and each writer’s work featured a strong sense of place. Panelists compared the current fascination with Alaska, (evidenced in part by a slew of reality TV shows with Alaska as the central character), to the strong growth of nonfiction writing coming in the state. This presents a paradox for Alaskan nonfiction writers as they draw upon established ideas about Alaska while also attempting to counter them with real life narratives. Alaskan writing isn’t just a regional literature that only belongs in Alaska, but has universal interest. I rounded out my afternoon with Alaska Voices: A Reading by Alaska Literary Series Authors, which included Sara Loewen reading from her memoir Gaining Daylight, Mei Mei Evans reading from her novel Oil & Water, Holly Huges from her poetry collection Sailing by Ravens, and John Morgan reading from his book length poem River of Light. The packed room sat rapt through Loewen’s childhood in Old Harbor and the bittersweet memories of her childhood friend named December, Morgan’s raft trip down the Copper River with the Indian mystic poet Kabir as his spiritual guide, Evan’s fictional retelling of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Hughes skillful navigation through Alaskan waters. The literary series is part of University of Alaska Press and was spearheaded by former Alaska Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker, who is also the series editor. Made me proud to be among the writer’s from the 49th state. Way to represent, Alaskans!