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Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for November 13

49 Writers - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 5:00am
Just a few more In Person and Online Workshops left organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and register at the 49 Writers website.
THE SPIRITUAL IN WRITING: ACROSS FAITH, GENRES, AND TIME with Kathleen TarrNovember 17, and 19 from 7:00-9:30pmLocation: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $150 member/$170 non-member. Register here!All genres
NEW Workshop!!!! LIST AND LITANY with Caroline GoodwinDecember 12 from 6:00-9:00pm Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!
LIST AND LITANYThis 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.
Are you interested in sharing what you've learned as a writer? We are always looking for qualified faculty to teach for 49 Writers. If you are a published writer with teaching experience and a passion for your craft, we want to hear from you! If you have expertise pertaining to other aspects of writing and the writing life, let's talk.Please contact Erin at or fill out a course proposal form. We're looking for workshops of all lengths, but particularly one and two day offerings. Proposal deadline November 15.
Events at the UAA Bookstore
Saturday, November 21 from 1:00 pm-3:00pm at the UA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
J. Pennelope Goforth presents “Voyages of the Lost Aleutian Ledgers of the Alaska Commercial Co”Historian J. Pennelope Goforth shares her exciting discovery of Alaska Commercial Co. business ledgers and logbooks from several villages in the Aleutians.   All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.   There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.    Monday, November 23 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
Travis Rector presents Coloring the UniverseIn his book,  Coloring the Universe, An Insider’s Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space,  Travis Rector describes how  “giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. Dr. Travis A. Rector is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  For this event, there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and  East Garage. 
All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.   For a look at future events see Event podcasts can be found at
Local Library EventsBook SigningsEVENTS AROUND ALASKA
Poetry Parley will take place on Wednesday, November 18th in Modern Dwellers, Metro Mall, 6:30 pm.Teeka Ballas is is the featured local poet. She will read extensively from her own work.  She has selected Franz Wright as the marquee poet. A few people are still needed to share the reading of Wright's work. Please send a note to to read poems by Franz Wright. 
360 North Writers Showcase - JuneauEvent will feature several short stories and essays, including a guest performance by John Straley, the award-winning author of “Cold Storage, Alaska.” Be part of the television studio audience @360 in the 360 North and KTOO building on Friday, November 13th. Doors open at 6:30 and cameras roll at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end of the one-hour recording meet the actors and the writers and Straley will be signing books. 
Woosh Kinaadeiyí will host the first event of their sixth season with an Open Mic on Friday, November 20th at 6:30pm. The Open Mic will be held at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, located at 3025 Dimond Park Loop, Juneau.The event will be hosted by Dee Jay DeRego, with the Woosh Kinaadeiyí Band. It is a non-competitive event open to poets and performers of all ages and all abilities. Sign up to read at 6 pm. In contrast to previous years, this season features a rotating monthly schedule of non-competitive Open Mics, competitive Poetry Slams, and Spoken Word Workshops. The organization hopes this allows more performance and educational opportunities for emerging artists in the community. Woosh Kinaadeiyí is a local nonprofit committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice.  The organization hosts monthly poetry slams and open mics throughout the community. Learn more at Christy NaMee Eriksen, Woosh Kinaadeiyí President, 
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 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 see Registration will open in early November.
INTERIORAuthor B.J. Hollars will read from his work at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, as part of the annual Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Hollars will read in the Schaible Auditorium on the Fairbanks campus. The reading is free and open to the public.Hollars also will deliver a craft talk at 3 p.m. Friday in Gruening 408. The public talk is geared toward writers.Hollars is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The College of Liberal Arts, the largest of UAF’s academic units, comprises arts, humanities, social sciences and language disciplines across 20 departments.
CONTACT: Naomi Horne,, 907-474-6464ON THE WEB:
The blog/website is seeking fiction and non-fiction submissions to publish as blog postings, newsletter items, and possibly in other venues such as an electronic compilation of items from the website. All interested writers are strongly advised to review the website in detail to get a feel for website which focuses on issues of concern to Alaskans in their 50s and older. We are interested in:•    short stories•    essays•    book reviews•    poetry•    memoirsHere are a few details and caveats.•    We are volunteers, so we cannot pay for submissions. Ask again when we are rich and famous :-)•    Subject matter must broadly fit the theme "aging in Alaska" involving and/or clearly targeting persons in their 50s and older.•    Submit whatever mix and number of items you want, but they must not total more than 1,000 words. •    Do not submit anything else until we invite you in writing to do so.•    Submissions may have been published elsewhere (please indicate where), but you must indicate truthfully that you have all relevant rights to publish the article. We may ask for documentation.•    Please include a short, one paragraph bio, and a digital photo of yourself that we will post with your work.•    Please send submissions to: and expect a response within weeks.
CONFERENCES, AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES360 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. SUBMISSION DEADLINE              RECORDING DATE 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
Alaska Women Speak is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2015 issue.  The upcoming theme is "Talking over Coffee (or Tea)."  Submissions are due November 15th.
Alderworks AlaskaWriters and Artists Retreatwill be accepting residency applications November 15, 2015 - January15, 2016. For more information visit
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2nd Art Excursion for Any Given Child Juneau

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 1:17pm
  Juneau is fortunate to be one of 18 Kennedy Center Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child sites nationwide. Any Given Child Juneau uses a collective impact approach of involving local arts organizations, businesses, government and community members to … Continue reading →
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Chuck Pyle: Colorado’s “Zen Cowboy” Passes at 70

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 7:06pm

Musician, singer, song-writer, Chuck Pyle

I am saddened today to hear of Chuck’s passing.  While I was still in Alaska last weekend, I happened to be telling a friend about Chuck, and I thought that when I would return to Colorado, I would give him a jingle and see where he would be playing and maybe if the timing were right I could go hear his new songs since it’s been about 10 years!  Obviously, I am just a bit too late for that opportunity.

The first time I heard of Chuck Pyle was in 2003 when he sent us his Press Release packet and latest CD’s to review for our Whistlepig House Concert gig in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I remember the afternoon very well:  my (then) husband was just recovering from appendix surgery enjoying the afternoon sun in my studio while listening to Chuck’s recently released album “Affected By the Moon.”  Grinning, after listening to his first cut, we immediately said simultaneously, “Let’s book this guy!”  After his first performance at our house concert, we hosted him to play our house concert again a year later.  The last time I saw him was during a house concert he was playing near Seattle, Washington in 2005.  Surprised to see me in the audience he grinned, and like any of us who met Chuck, we will say “he treated you as if you were one of his best friends.”  Chuck had a pure spirit.  My condolences to his wife, son, relatives, concert hosts and all his friends!  We’ll be missing him!

Click here to read the Denver Posts’ obituary and the video clip of Chuck Pyle singing one of my favorites of his:  “Colorado.”  Starting off with his car crossing the New Mexico into Colorado border, the scenes in the video are from my neck of the woods in downtown and surrounding areas of one of the most beautiful places in Colorado:  Pagosa Springs.

Traditionally, as any of you who know me personally, I am not a fan of cowboy music.  However, I became wide open to the sounds of the West after hearing Chuck’s music.  Please do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to Chuck Pyle and his music, please visit his website at:

You can listen to a few of Chuck’s songs on You Tube.  I just listened to a sweet “growing older” song called “Now Everything Does”  Click here.

A Celebration of Life honoring Chuck Pyle will be held on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 11:00 AM at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy 105 in Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Chuck Pyle Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to:

Chuck Pyle Memorial Fund
PO Box 726
Palmer Lake, CO 80133

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