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Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for April 15

49 Writers - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 7:00am
2016 Class Schedule
There is still time to register for a great class offered next week in Juneau.
Information about our classes and workshops, description, details, and registration on our website.  Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions.
JuneauSet Your Fiction on Fire taught by Kim HeacoxApril 18, 6-9pm
Poetry ParleyWednesday, April 20 at 7:30 pm at the Writer's BlockApril is National Poetry Month and Poetry Parley participants will feature local poets, Peter Porco and Judith Stoll reading their own work.  Following this, with others, they will present the work of poets from China's T'ang Dynasty. This is a free event at The Writer's Block, 3956 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK.  For more information, email 
Savor the Rising Words Poetry Broadside Sale and ReadingSupport Poetry in Alaska! Buy a Broadside!
All of the poets and artists featured in the exhibit have donated their work as a fundraiser for 49 Writers, an organization that supports writing in Alaska through programs and educational opportunities across the state. Each piece is for sale for $35.00 and may be purchased by contacting Barbara at 301-5362.
Attend the ReadingSeveral of the featured poets will be reading their work at the Great Harvest Bread Company on Tuesday, April 19, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The program is free, the public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. Please join us!
Events at the UAA Bookstore
Saturday, April 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Author Kim Heacox presents Jimmy Bluefeather
Kim Heacox’ first novel, Jimmy Bluefeather, has received wide acclaim and is the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award winner.According to Carl Safina, (58 Books Recommended by Ted Speakers),   “This brilliant first novel contains hundreds of sentences that read like sheer poetry. The writing is incredibly beautiful. Almost every paragraph gifts us some stunning turn of phrase that made me stop and savor not only the words but also the wisdom.”
Kim Heacox is also the author of numerous books including John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire and Rhythm of the Wild. Everyone is encouraged to come and hear the best of Alaska literature from a great Alaskan author.
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.
Tuesday, April 19 from 5:00pm-7:00pmMiranda Forner presents Can I Do This, an Experiment in Independence
Miranda Forner presents Can I Do This, a collection of essays covering her experiences becoming an independent, single mother in Alaska.  She is a Cub Scout Den Leader and has recently graduated UAA with a major in English and a minor in creative Writing. 
There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, and Sports Campus West Lot. 
Wednesday, April 20 from 5:00pm-7:00pmDeirdre Bryan presents The 1916 Easter Uprising
In a call for the formation of the Irish Republic and independence from the United Kingdom almost 500 people were killed in the Easter Rising of 1916.  At this event, historian Deirdre Bryan discusses the importance of the 1916 Easter Uprising and its significance today.Deirdre Bryan has lived in Ireland, England and the US.  She received her PhD in Irish History from Boston College and currently teaches in the History Department at UAA.
As a historical researcher in Ireland, Deirdre Bryan has contributed more than 70 articles to the Dictionary of Irish Biography (2009, Cambridge University Press) and conducted historical research on behalf of the Irish government, public and private organizations and individuals.
There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot , Sports Campus West Lot. 
Saturday, April 23 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Celebrating Shakespeare: Four Hundred Years On
English professors Toby Widdicombe and Sharon Emmerichs, UAA students and staff share favorite sonnets.This literary tribute to Shakespeare commemorates the 400 year anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616.  
Everyone is encouraged to come.
There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.
Thursday, April 21 from 5:00pm-7:00pmCecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf presents Rookie No More:  Flyfishing Novice from a Pro
The book, Rookie No More is a lifesaver for novice fly fishers who are struggling with unanswered questions about various aspects of flyfishing. Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf has been an Alaskan since 1969.   Her company, Women's Flyfishing, has taught women how to fly fish and has taken them on guided trips throughout Alaska to find the best fishing for salmon, trout, char, Arctic grayling, and other species.  Her website  is a leading resource for fly fishing enthusiasts.There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, and Sports Campus West Lot. 
Local Library Events
Anchorage Public Library's Teen Writing Societyneeds our help!
Loussac Library's Teen Writing Society (TWS) is a club for teen writers. They are looking for reliable adults to lead their meetings and provide writing prompts or other activities. 49 Writers member Lynn Lovegreen has volunteered to lead the April meetings and help find leaders for the future.
One idea is to have different adult writers volunteer to take each month, so the teens benefit from seeing different writing types and styles. Or, if someone would like to help longer-term, that is another possibility. At this point, meetings are 6-7:30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays, but there is some room for flexibility. 
Please contact Lynn Lovegreen at or teen librarian Jon P. Ebron at if you are interested or would like more information.
Book Signings
The Copper Basin will welcome State Writer Laureate Frank Soos to our communities at the end of April. Frank will meet with a local bookclub and students at Kenny Lake and Glennallen Schools. Local writers are invited to Writers' Workshops at the Kenny Lake Library on Thursday, April 28, from 1 to 4 pm and at the Copper Basin Senior Citizen log cabin in Glennallen on Friday, April 29 from 1 to 4. Frank will present a program, "An Alaska Writers Sampler," at the Kenny Lake Community Hall on Thursday evening, April 28, at 6 pm. The public is also invited to a reading of Frank Soos' work on Friday night, April 29, at the Carriage House in Gakona. Local musicians will chime in for the reading event, and snacks and coffee and tea will be provided. Come join us! For more information, contact Mary Odden 822-3727 or
As part of the Machetanz Arts Festival at the Mat-Su Collegeon June 4 and 5, writing workshops will be offered.To learn more about the classes and to register:
Saturday, June 4How Shall I Begin?: Starting Your Piece with a Bang taught by Alyse KnorrFinding Yourself in a Poem taught by Julie LeMayThe Sphere of Writing taught by Don Rearden
Sunday, June 5Capturing Character The Mechanics of Writing Great Characters in Fiction and Non-Fiction taught by Martha AmorePlaying with Description taught by Lynn LovegreenWalking the Line taught by Susanna Mishler
There is also a panel discussion at the end of each day, featuring the writers who’ve taught during that day.
Woosh Kinaadeiyí Spoken Word WorkshopSunday, April 17th, 1-4pm, at Kindred Post (145 South Franklin)
The second Spoken Word Workshop of the season is right around the corner! 
Based on participant feedback, this month's workshop (taught by Christy NaMee EriksenDee DeRego, and Austin Naawéiyaa Tagaban) will be especially focused towards PERFORMANCE. So if you've been wanting a little more guidance or practice on getting your work off the page, this will be a great workshop for you. While we'll be doing a little bit of writing, we also encourage you to bring work that's already written that you may want to practice for the stage. 
As always we're committed to providing a supportive, inclusive environment for all, so no matter who you are or where you are at in your spoken word/poetry experience, we hope you will join us.
Please email us to RSVP if you can! (It saves your spot and also helps us plan!) You are encouraged to pay $10-$25 as you can.  
Seeking Writers and Photographers for New Alaska Foodie MagazineEdible Alaska, a new magazine focused on food culture and practices in Alaska, will hit the newsstands in June. Currently they are getting ready to launch our website with lots of new content. Thus, they are looking for writers, photographers, recipe writers, and local chefs (who want to be a resource to them). 
Article pitches should fall (loosely) into the categories: eat, drink, and food for thought.  Web articles will be between 250-400 words and will pay about $50 per piece and an additional $25 for an accompanying photograph.  The rate is somewhat negotiable for more experienced writers/photographers and for longer pieces. 
They are looking for original recipes that can include your standard recipe and a "how-to" video. They are not looking for the usual story about Midnight Sun Brewery or well-known restaurant reviews.  They are looking to expand what people know and think about food (and food culture) in Alaska as well as really create an archive of food practices throughout the state (both urban and rural).
Please email your pitch to with the subject line: Edible Article Pitch.  Please include in your pitch sample writing clips, if you have any. 
The magazine is particularly interested in recruiting writers from outside of Anchorage and writers who live in rural/bush areas of the state.  Don't let a lack of writing experience deter you from pitching a story, they are interested in cultivating new writers who have great stories to share.”
The fifteenth Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference will be held on June 10-14 in Homer. This year's keynote is Pulitzer Prize winning, National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, who will be joined by Miriam Altshuler (agent), Dan Beachy-Quick, Richard Chiappone, Jennine Capó Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Richard Hoffman, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Nancy Lord, Jane Rosenman (editor), Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson, Frank Soos, and David Stevenson. For more information and to register go to the website
Registration now open to the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at the Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie Earling will lead fiction writers in an in-depth writing workshop. There will be much in-class writing, and the overall atmosphere will stick close to supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive improvement. The engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Early registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, go to:
Storyknife Writers Retreat is open for submissions for its inaugural Storyknife Fellow. We just can't wait for all six proposed cabin and main house to be built, so the Board of Directors of Storyknife is beginning with a single Storyknife Fellow who will live in the beautifully appointed cabin on the property. Women writers (over 21) can apply for a 2 week to 4 week residency during the month of September 2016. The successful candidate(s) will receive a $250 per week stipend at the end of their residency. This money can be used to cover the costs of travel, food, and a rental car if the resident is from out of the drivable area. The resident will need to purchase and prepare their own meals, with the exception of a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner, at the beginning and end of their stay. More information about the residency at https://storyknife.organd apply at
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 RiverThe PloverMartin 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 and to register go to
360 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 DATEApril 25, 2016                                    June 2, 2016Submit to arts [at] ktoo [dot] org.For questions contact Scott Burton
Arts, Culture and Music Producer at 907.463.6473
Alaska magazine is seeking pitches from new and established writers. We are a publication for Alaska enthusiasts and need a wide variety of articles. The best section to break into the magazine is KtoB (formerly Ketchikan to Barrow), and includes everything from cool job profiles to End of the Trail obituaries to a short write up about an Alaska-made product. We’d also like to see queries about culture, history, nature, interviews with Alaskans and feature articles ideas. Review recent hard copy issues of Alaska magazine and visit for more about us, and then send short, descriptive pitches to freelance contributing editor Susan Sommer at
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
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Categories: Arts & Culture

The “Chilkat Mask”

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:18pm

“Chilkat Mask” in shades of blue — Clarissa Rizal — 2016

During my “spring break”, for the first time ever, I actually took a real spring break, like an actual, much-needed vacation. During the vacation I hugged and played with my grandchildren, visited my kids, romped around the desert with my friend Rene, and in between when nobody was looking, I wove this Chilkat Mask!  Yep, it can be worn as an actual mask.  I wove it with the same shades of blue weft yarns I dyed a couple of years ago and I am using the main bulk of the blue yarns for my most recent Chilkat robe called “Egyptian Thunderbird.”  This mask will be in an exhibit  of Northwest Coast Native masks at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle, Washington opening Thursday, June 2nd.  Most of the masks at this show will be in carved wood, or in jewelry, and I doubt very much there will be a mask like this one that is woven; we’ll see.  My “Chilkat Mask” may be the first of its kind, I don’t know.  Come on down to the Stonington and let’s see!  I’ll be there!

cloth-covered wires were inserted, hanging down with the warp, only in the central part of the Chilkat mask …this is to give the mask some structure with flexible capabilities to form to any human face — “Chilkat Mask” by Clarissa Rizal — 2016


Categories: Arts & Culture

“Chilkat Storyteller” Doll

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:34am

“Chilkat Storyteller” soft sculpture doll recently completed by Clarissa Rizal — copyright 2016

My “Chilkat Storyteller” is my donation for an exhibit of contemporary Alaska Native art opening in France on June 24th.  It was inspired by the pueblo storyteller dolls made of their local clay.  The first contemporary storyteller was made by Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in 1964 in honor of her grandfather, who was a tribal storyteller.  It is basically a figure of a storyteller, usually a man or a woman and always with its mouth open.  It is surrounded by figurines of children (and sometimes other things) which represent those who are listening to the storyteller.

back view of “Chilkat Storyteller” wearing miniature Ravenstail/Chilkat robe — by Clarissa Rizal — copyright 2016

My “Chilkat Storyteller” is a self-portrait with my 7 grandchildren.  Though instead of clay figurines, the main body of the doll is made with shreds of yellow cedar bark interior with black felted merino wool exterior.  She sits approximately 7″ high and wears a miniature Ravenstail/Chilkat robe.  All 7 of her grandchildren are felted wool in our traditional colors of black, natural, yellow and blue.  Made with lots of love, I laughed while creating each figurine knowing the personality of each child, affectionately I called out my knick names while making each:

* The black one on bottom right is the oldest, SikiKwaan  (Lily’s oldest daughter); very thoughtful, protective one

*  The blue one on top right is second oldest, Andoopoo (Kahlil’s daughter); the adventurer outdoors gal

*  The white one on the bottom left is third oldest, Ashuwa (Ursala’s oldest daughter); kind, caretaking artist

*  The yellow one on the left arm is fourth, Ajuju (Lily’s 2nd child; only grandson); the compassionate one

*  The white one on top of the head, Wasichu (Lily’s adopted child); spirits rebellious

*  The blue one on bottom left, Bulleit (Ursala’s youngest); no fear, dare devil innocence

*  The yellow one on bottom right, OneFootOneKnee or Inipi (Lily’s youngest); quiet, independent sweetness

top view looking down at “Chilkat Storyteller” doll by Clarissa Rizal — copyright 2016

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