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49 Writers - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:00am


This week, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced the super-exciting news that 49 Writers has been selected to receive a $10,000 NEA Challenge America grant to support a September 2015 literary tour in Southeast Alaska featuring author Melinda Moustakis. This grant will allow us to partner with Alaska Quarterly Review to combine live literary events in the Southeast Alaska communities of Haines and Juneau with distance programming, in pursuit of our goal to serve more writers across the state. Live offerings will include readings, workshops, an author panel, and a book discussion. In order to reach a wider audience, events will be broadcast live in up to ten other rural and remote communities via the Alaska State Library's "OWL" video conferencing system. Several events will be recorded and posted online.

Out of 347 applications, 163 Challenge America grants were awarded nationwide. As our board president Don Rearden says, “The NEA award represents an important milestone for 49 Writers. We've worked diligently to build a reputation for excellent programming and service to Alaska, and this opportunity to work with Alaska Quarterly Review and bring Melinda Moustakis to Southeast Alaska is a huge honor.” Yes, we'd love to go to even more communities but must take one step at a time! Rest assured that Morgan, our new ED, will be working on this as we move forward.

In this latest round of NEA funding, ten grants totaling $210,000 were awarded to Alaskan artists and arts organizations. Congratulations to the other beneficiaries, especially Sean Hill of Fairbanks, who received a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry.
YOU’RE INVITED! If you’ll be in Anchorage one week from today, please consider joining our entire board of directorsour new Executive Director, Morgan Grey, and other members of the writing community for a casual, no-host meet-up at the Orso bar. Join us anytime Friday, Dec. 12, 5-6:30 pm, at 737 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage. With an expanded board that includes three residents of Juneau-Douglas, it’s rare to find us all in one spot! We'll be gearing up for our annual board retreat that weekend and would love to connect with members, friends, and anyone curious about the organization or eager to meet Morgan. See you there for conversation, happy hour deals, and a cheers to 49 Writers as we approach our five year anniversary!

Once again there was a great turnout (19) for last night's writers group in Juneau. Thank you to Bill Hanson and Kate Troll for hosting, and to the five members who read from their work. For more information on Juneau area happenings, visit the 49 Writers website.

Looking for the perfect gift for a writer friend this festive season? Why not surprise them with a 49 Writers membership? A Matanuska membership costs only $49 for 12 months! Click here to purchase a gift voucher.

Upcoming events at 49 Writers

Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-2pm, 645 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage: 49 Writers Lit Mag Sale! In recent years we have accumulated a library of literary journals through generous donations from members and other writers. Until we secure our own long-term space, we are going to share the wealth with our members rather than hide the journals away in a basement. A second sale will take place in Juneau at the Thursday, Feb. 5 meeting of the Juneau writers group. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on some of the journals that might be interested in publishing your work!

Friday Dec. 12, 7pm: Jimmy Riordan presents Le Roman du Lievre (The Romance of the Rabbit). We're excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau 49 Writers community in the form of a potluck event hosted by Sarah Isto (1718 Willow Avenue). See the links below for an introduction to Le Roman du Lievre in under 3 minutes!

http://youtu.be/nqXvjLkdv_0http://www.riordanjimmy.com/le-roman-du-livre/https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1206766764/the-le-roman-du-lievre-translation-and-comichttp://vimeo.com/17840782http://issuu.com/rabbitrabbit/docs/hup_lg_print_new_feb4?e=0
Riordan is an Alaskan born multidisciplinary artist and educator. Though technically trained in book-arts and printmaking, his practice is not bound by any specific media. Dealing in both images and experience, his work often involves collaboration, asking the audience and other artists for their participation. Community and location play a large role in Riordan's choice of form and development of content. For more details on this event, please contact Jonas Lamb at 907-209-1509.
Events in Anchorage

TODAY, Friday, Dec. 5, 11am-1pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Ray Hudson and Rachel Mason present Lost Villages of the Eastern Aleutians: Biorka, Kashega, Makushin. This book documents the history of three Unangax^ villages left behind in the evacuations and dislocations of World War II, never to be permanently resettled. In 1942, the Unangax^ residents of the three tiny villages of Biorka, Kashega, and Makushin were taken by boat first to the Wrangell Institute, then to a camp at Ward Lake near Ketchikan, where they stayed until the end of the war. When they finally returned to the Aleutians, they were not allowed to go back to their villages, but were resettled in Unalaska or Akutan.
TODAY, Friday, Dec. 5, 4-6pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Seven Years in a Madagascar Prison: The Stolen Years with Jean and John Wight. This book is the story of John Wight, an Anchorage pilot originally from South Africa, who is falsely accused of espionage in Madagascar. How he survives seven years of imprisonment, from 1977-1984, is explained in this captivating book written by his wife, Jean Wight. Currently, John Wight is Associate Professor of Aviation Technology at UAA.

Friday, Dec. 12. 7pm, Jitters in Eagle River: Don't miss the next gathering of The Living Room, where local writers share their work and love of literature. Find out more and stay in touch by following The Living Room on Facebook

Events around Alaska
 
TOMORROW, Saturday, Dec. 6, 7pm, Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery: Reading by poet John Morgan with artist Kes Woodward (River of Light). 
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6:30pm, Seward Community Library: BookTalk/Reading: Join author Dave Atcheson as he discusses his new book Dead Reckoning, Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on its High Seas.

Author News

Congratulation to Anchorage poet Olena Kalytiak Davis, whose soon-to-release new book (first in a decade) received a great review in The New Yorker!
Opportunities for Writers
NEW! Fairbanks Arts Association will begin accepting entries for the 2015 Statewide Poetry Contest on January 1st, 2015. The deadline for the contest will be March 1, 2015 at 6 PM hand delivered or postmarked. Hand deliver entries to Fairbanks Arts Association, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way.

FAA is pleased to announce that this year's Poetry Contest Judge is Alaskan author, Joan Kane. Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter's Wife and Hyperboreal. A 2014 recipient of the American Book Award, and Whiting Writers' Award recipient, she's on the faculty for the graduate creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and is at work on new poems and across genres. Please visit www.fairbanksarts.org for more information.

Ooligan Press is proud to announce their seventh Write to Publish conference, slated for January 31, 2015. This conference will be held at the Smith Memorial Student Union located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference is sponsored by PubSlush, a global crowd-funding platform for publishers and authors alike. John Mutter, founder of Shelf Awareness, will give the keynote speech.

Write to Publish is a rare conference, one that devotes its entire presence to demystifying the publishing process. This year’s panel topics include: how to write about difficult subjects, straight talk about contracts and rights, and how to create a professional platform, among others. Speakers include Vinnie Kinsella, publications consultant for Indigo Editing; Nicole McArdle, marketing director for PubSlush; and Shannon Wheeler, a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Dark Horse. Workshops will feature editing and design tips. Authors will be able to sign up to pitch story ideas to publishers and agents. Vendors will provide their own personal insight into the publishing world, as well as food and drinks, and attendees will have the chance to participate in a raffle filled with fun, local prizes."
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a poem that nobody can understand

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:15am
“I’d like to be on record as saying that anybody can write a poem that nobody can understand.” –Ted Kooser Thanks Ted, time to distill some of my recent work which are perhaps examples of the types of poems anybody can write. Time to focus on what it is about Billy Collins, David Budbill and […]
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Jimmy Riordan: Juneau Salon 12/12

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:25pm
I’m excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau writing/arts community. A mutual friend Jeremy Pataky (who has a wonderful new poetry collection, Overwinter out on UA Press ) sent Jimmy Riordan my way and I’m so glad he did. If you: follow my blog, are in Juneau, and are interested in attending, leave […]
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Keep it simple

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:22pm
keep it simple, a song to sing along to or at least to hear to feel inside heart inside house or outside on trail, path don’t look too far beyond what’s on path in front of you above you around you falling from the sky hanging from the trees flitting on feathered wings from branch […]
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What Are Spinning Pads?

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 9:40am

Hand-sewn spinning pads by Clarissa Rizal

As some of you know, we spin our warp (the vertical yarn on loom) on our thighs.  In the old days, we spun on our bare thigh, though because the cedar bark can tend to be rough, it can take the first layer of skin off, so therefore when women began to wear pants, spinning warp on blue jeans was the relief, though the blue dye from the jeans bled into the color of the warp.  However, there are some of us weavers who are innovative!  This invention that I’ve used for nearly 30 years, is from the late Phoebe Warren, grand-daughter to Chilkat weaver Jennie Thlunaut (my weaving teacher back in 1986)

Above is an example of a spinning pad I’ve made and plan on having for sale at the Juneau Public Market Thanksgiving weekend 2014. When spinning Chilkat or Ravenstail warp, these pads save the life of your jeans, they keep your leg from getting all wet (and cold!), they are smooth so no wrinkles to obstruct your spinning process and there is no residue of color bleeding into your warp…!

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Juneau Public Market: Buttonblanket Greeting Cards

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 8:44am

6 of 9 Button blanket robe designs by Clarissa Rizal on greeting cards

The greeting cards above will be some of the items available for sale at the Alaska-Juneau Public Market held Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in Juneau, Alaska.

I invite you to visit my Booth ‪#‎P‬-15  right across the isle from Tony Tengs “Chilkat Cones” in the main hall of Centennial Hall.  And please note:  I will be sharing the booth with Tlingit carving artist & silversmith, Israel and Sue Shotridge (www.shotridgestudios.com).

The following is an inventory of items for sale; they include (but are not limited to):

A limited supply of Chilkat weaving and spinning supplies:  Cedar bark without the sap (both whole and split), Chilkat warp, Chilkat weft yarns in golden yellow, turquoise, black and cream, spinning pads, etc.

Books for sale that I wrote, made or co-illustrated include:  “Chilkat Pattern Templates”, the “Chilkat Weavers’ Handbook”; Juneauite author Hannah Lindoff children’s book “Mary’s Wild Winter Feast” — and books that I highly recommend:  “The Intenders” by Tony Burroughs and “Go Pro – Becoming A Network Marketing Professional” by Eric Worre.

Miscellaneous items include:  hand-caste paper feathers, limited edition Giclee prints, hand-sewn, beaded, felt Russian Sailor hats,  and gumboot shell earrings made by daughter Lily and sister Dee Lampe.

Come check out my latest 5-piece Chilkat woven ensemble called “Chilkat Child” which will be on display next to my daughter Lily’s 4-piece Ravenstail woven ensemble “Little Watchman.”

We’ll see you in a couple of weeks during the weekend of Thanksgiving at the Public Market in Juneau (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)!

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That feared midnight when your teenager needs to submit that last math assignment and he just can’t get it right

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 3:00pm
And of course, you don’t remember that stuff anymore….. Worry not! The library can help you! Even at midnight? Yes! Go to the library’s webpage (http://www.juneau.org/library) and find the Homework Center under the research tab. From there you will be able to access the Live Homework Help, with live tutors from 12:00 pm (noon) to […]
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Clarissa’s Winter Schedule: Art Markets, Presentations, Demos, Classes

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:22am

Charcoal by Clarissa Rizal

Here’s my Winter Schedule for upcoming Art Markets, presentations, classes and demonstrations.  If you are in any of these locations, come by and visit; I’d love to see you!

1) One-day Chilkat/Ravenstail Weaving Class, Juneau, Alaska, Sunday November 23rd, 10am-4pm with potluck lunch — this class is for experienced weavers who have a project on their loom and need assistance, comraderie, support and a feast!  Class is limited to just 10.  The Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply will have weaving/spinning items available for sale BEFORE the Public Market sales; so you will have the privilege to be the first to purchase your supplies for your next weaving project  —   Interested?  Give me a call at 970-903-8386 or email me at:  clarissa@clarissarizal.com

2)  Alaska-Juneau Public Market, Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, November 28-30th, Booth #P-15 in the main room of Centennial Hall on Willoughby Avenue in Juneau, Alaska – Click here to see the list of some of the items I will have available for sale

3)  Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon Presentation of “The Making of Resilience Chilkat Robe”, Friday, December 5th; I will also have Chilkat-related items available for sale AND I will have two woven ensembles on display only during this presentation

4)  Evergreen Longhouse, Olympia, WA,  — The Holiday Market is open Friday and Saturday, December 12 & 13; I will only be selling on Saturday! —  Click here to see a list of some of the items I will have for sale.

5)  “Raven’s Nest” Gallery (owned by Sue and Israel Shotridge), Vashon Island, WA — I will be demonstrating Chilkat weaving on a child-size robe; I will also have on display two child-size woven ensembles, “Little Watchman” a 4-piece Ravenstail outfit woven by my daughter Lily Hope, and my 6-pience ensemble  “Chilkat Child.”  I will also have items for sale as well; click list here to see list of some items.

6)  Chilkat Weaving Class, Corvallis, OR – December 15-19th; for experienced weavers with a project on their loom. — This class is currently full.

7)  Heard Museum Juried Indian Art Market & Fair, Phoenix, AZ – March 7-9, 2015

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Preparing For Winter Art Market Sales

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:31am

Clarissa prints limited edition Giclee’s on her large format, ink jet Epson 7880; this is the first time she has enjoyed printing in the 5 years she has owned this machine!  (Grand-daughter Amelie points to the photo of “Resilience” Chilkat robe)

Shrink wrapping Clarissa’s limited edition Giclee prints, to be marketed during this Winter season 2014-15

This past week has been a bit nutty — While printing limited editions of some of my work, I’ve been cutting out and sewing spinning pads, splitting bark, spinning warp, designing a log for the Northwest Coast Weavers’ Supply, making travel arrangements, etc. etc. including but not limited to, the joy of holding a newborn granddaughter and of course time out with her older sister, Amelie!

 

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Official Presentation of “Resilience” Chilkat robe

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:56am

Many, many braids in weaving “Resilience” Chilkat robe by Clarissa Rizal – 2014

HEADS UP!  For those of you living in the Portland, Oregon area:  I will be doing a public presentation on Chilkat weaving and a Power Point Presentation of weaving my latest Chilkat robe “Resilience” at the Portland Art Museum on Friday evening, December 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Shanks, will be performing the live soundtrack. —  If you are in the area, come on by!  Two woven Child-size ensembles, one in Ravenstail and the other in Chilkat, be on display only during this presentation.  Also, I will have a few things available for sale:  my Chilkat Weaving Handbook, greeting cards, Chilkat prints, etc. See you soon!

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So you want to learn Icelandic and you don’t know where to start…

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 2:11pm
What about your library’s website? The Juneau Public Libraries’ website is a point of access to Mango Languages, an interactive and fun program for language learning; and free for Alaskans! Moreover, Mango languages doesn’t only give you access to the most popular languages, like Spanish or French. It includes up to 64 languages, and you […]
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Juvenile Literature Reviews, September 2014 meeting

Juneau Public Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:17am
Volunteers and librarians read and discuss new books for young readers. Andrew Draws   Written and illustrated by David McPhail I liked when the animals jumped right out of the pictures. I didn’t like the long hair on the boy. I would recommend this to others. I would like to tell the author that I like […]
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Chilkat Warp Trick-of-Trade

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:52am

Washed Chilkat warp is pulled tight and set out to dry

Here’s a trick-of-the-trade to create smoother, more even Chilkat or Ravenstail warp with no give: after you wash your warp, pull tight as you wrap the warp around the back of a chair — let dry thoroughly, then groom.

Why do you want a smother, move even warp with no give?  When you are weaving your weft yarns over this warp, you will notice a less bumpy, more evenly-laid fabric.

Periodically I post various tricks-of-the-trade in regards to spinning, weaving, designing or anything else I may think of to post here on my blog for all you wonderful artists/craftspeople out there in the world!–for more tricks, check out “Tools-of-the-Trade in the column to the right…

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Libros en español en la biblioteca

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 3:07pm
¿Sabìa usted que las bibliotecas municipales tienen libros en español tanto para niños como para adultos? Si nunca los ha encontrado acèrquese al mostrador y pregunte a los bliotecarios, ellos estaràn encantados de ayudarle a encontrar libros en español tanto para usted como para sus niños.
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Reviews of Juvenile Literature, Summer 2014

Juneau Public Library Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 12:33pm
Reviews of a variety of new books for young readers. Being Sloane Jacobs written by Lauren Morrill This “Prince and the Pauper” story is fairly predictable in terms of resolution, but still, the journey to that resolution is thoroughly enjoyable. Two young women named Sloane Jacobs—one the daughter of a senator, the other the daughter […]
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Superintendent speaks out about student privacy rights

Juneau School District Announcements - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:40pm

Supe's On  - Welcome to the Superintendent's Blog

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School District Report on Investigation into Hazing

Juneau School District Announcements - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:35pm

The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.

These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.

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