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Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for September 25

49 Writers - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 5:00am
First frost is happening all around the state. We've just passed the autumnal equinox, and I fear that winter is coming. There are many things happening in the Alaska literary world, and we hope that you'll take advantage of them to get the most out of your writing practice. Have an incredible weekend!

In Person and Online Workshops organized by 49 Writers. Check out the details and registerat the 49 Writers website
JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING with Deb VanasseSeptember 26 from 9am-4pmLocation: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $110 members/$130 non-members (includes copy of Write Your Best Book) Register here!
ASK MS. MURDER with Marcy McDannelOctober 3 from 1-4pm Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $45 members/ $55 non-members. Register here!
SONIC SYMPHONIES: HOW TO MAKE YOUR WRITING SING with Alyse KnorrOctober 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 8-10pm Location: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $120 member/$135 non-member. Register here!All genres.
BURNING WITH LOVE: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE WITHOUT BLUSHING with Alyse KnorrNovember 3 from 7-10pmLocation: 161 E. 1st Ave., Door 15 (Alaska Humanities Forum)Price: $45 member/$55 non-member. Register here! All genres.
THE SPIRITUAL IN WRITING: ACROSS FAITH, GENRES, AND TIME with Kathleen TarrNovember 10, 12, 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
NO BLOGGING REQUIRED! HOW TO MATCH YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE WITH WHO YOU REALLY ARE with Cindy DysonOctober 7 and 14 from 7:00-8:30pm Price: $45 members/ $55 nonmembers. Register here!
 NOTE: This class will be conducted by Skype. Students must have a basic knowledge of computer functionality, internet browser functionality and word-processing software.
The following classes are asynchronous: there are no scheduled meeting times but there will be weekly assignments and expectations, and everyone will complete the work on their own time. Interaction will utilize text-based formats such as discussion boards.
SCENE, SUMMARY, AND TIME with Andromeda Romano-LaxOctober 12 to November 19+ hours over 3 WeeksOnline. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instructionPrice: $150 member/$165 non-member. Register here! Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction
FIRST PERSON COMPLICATED--THE DUAL-VOICED NARRATOR with Andromeda Romano-LaxNovember 2 to November 229+ hours over 3 WeeksOnline. No scheduled meetings, asynchronous instructionPrice: $150 member/$165 non-member. Register here! Genres: Fiction/Nonfiction
Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct. 3 -11. We would like to invite everyone to sign up by clicking the participation form on the right side of the website at www.alaskabookweek.comOnce you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration.
For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Alaska Women Speak is searching for a volunteer interested in serving as the new layout editor! The position requires a familiarity with Adobe InDesign.  If this might be you, please contact: 49 Writers Volunteer Seta
EVENTS IN ANCHORAGEAnnual Great Alaska Book Fair, sponsored in part by The Mall at Sears and Anchorage Public Library, will be hosted by Publication Consultants, in association with Alaska Book Week, Saturday October 10, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Authors are responsible for their own sales. There will not be a central check out register. There is a charge of $50 per table, which authors may share if they'd like. The book fair is held the same day the mall is featuring their annual sidewalk sale. High traffic is expected.For questions or to sign up please go to
Thursday, September 24th, 7:00pm at Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St. Innovation Lab, 4th floor, enjoy a special evening with author and wildlife photographer Seth Kantner as he shares from his latest book, Swallowed by the Great Land, featuring unique characters, village life, wilderness and the larger landscape, a warming Arctic, hunting and other aspects of subsistence living on the remote northwest coast of Alaska. Below are the dates for Seth Kantner’s book tour and events.9/23 Palmer, Fireside Books 9/24 Anchorage, Anchorage Library 9/25 Talkeetna, Talkeetna Roadhouse (with Don Rearden) 9/26 Juneau, Hearthside Books 9/27 Haines, Haines Library
Events at the UAA Bookstore
Saturday, October 3 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at theUAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307Time to Walk:  The Extraordinary Life of Explorer Dick GriffithAt this event Dick Griffith shares stories and photos of his journeys in Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the American West and his exploration and mapping of canyons and creeks in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1952.Joining Dick Griffith is author Kaylene Johnson. This event is held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Alaska Book Week. It is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and is held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307.  There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.
Monday, October 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307Historian and Author Katherine Ringsmuth’s new book Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier In the book, Alaska's Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier, historian Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth uncovers the ways that Alaska's aviation growth was downplayed in order to perpetuate the myth of the cowboy spirit and the desire to tame what many considered to be the last frontier.  Katherine Ringsmuth teaches American and Alaskan History in the UAA History Department and serves on the Board of  Directors for the Cook Inlet Historical Society.This event is held in celebration of Alaska Book Week and is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore. For this event, there is free parking in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot and the East Garage.
Saturday, October 10 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at theUAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite, with Svaja Worthington andLeslie FriedThe art, life, and times of Lithuanian Poet Judita Vaiciunaite (1937-2001) with be highlighted at this event with Svaja Worthington and Leslie Fried. Leslie Fried is the curator of the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage. Her poems have appeared in Cirque Literary Journal. Svaja Vansauskas Worthingtoncalled Alaska home for the past 40 years. In 2013, she was named the Honorary Consul from the State of Alaska to the Republic of Lithuania. Her translations of 2 poems by Judita Vaiciunaite appeared in Cirque Literary Journal Vol. 6, no. 2.This event is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and is held at UAA/APU Consortium Library, in room 307. There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays. 
All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U –just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.    
Local Library EventsBook Signings
The Living Room, Stories for Grownupskicks off its new season. Grab a cup of tea and get ready to enjoy a night of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and dramatic monologue. Come to listen and sign up to read at subsequent programs. The event runs every 2nd Friday, from Sept. through April. All genres welcome. For questions, contact:
On Saturday, October 3rd at 7pm in the Bear Gallery in the Alaska Centennial Center at Pioneer Park, the Fairbanks Art Association will kick off Alaska Book Week with a reading by poet Jeremy Pataky, author of Overwinter, and a performance by cellist, vocalist and songwriter Molly McDermott. This event is free and open to the public. 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERSCONFERENCES, 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 October 15, 2015                                November 13, 2015 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
Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools is October 15, 2015Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 
Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015.
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.
Write to Publish, in partnership with the Timberline Review and Cirque, offer a flash fiction contest and a Pacific Northwest poetry contest this year. Submissions open September 8 and close October 30, 2015. Entries for the Pacific Northwest poetry contest may be original, unpublished works up to 40 lines and should be centered on a Pacific Northwest theme. Entries for the flash fiction contest must be 700 words or fewer, original, unpublished, and double spaced. Winners will be notified the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference and publication in Timberline Review for poetry and Cirque for flash fiction. The contest fee is $10, and only one story or poem may be submitted per person, per contest. Please send submissions via email to with “Flash Fiction Contest Submission” or "PNW Poetry Contest Submission” as the subject line.For more detailed information about the contests, the conference, or to purchase tickets, visit
The Alaska Quarterly Reviewwill publish Sparks: A Conversation in Poems and Paintings in its entirety in the May 2016 issue. You can see, in order, each of Peggy Shumaker's poems and each of Kesler Woodward's paintings from their year-long collaboration.  
Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the "Opportunities" category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal Exhibit

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:58am

Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal plan the floor layout of their next year’s October 2016 exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.

A year after the initial idea of an exhibit featuring traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast regalia and clothing with Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal, we finally met up at the house of Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis to review the basics of the exhibit!

The exhibit opens at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., Canada next year in October and will run for approximately 5 months.  We will be featuring a total of 20 to 30 individual ensembles of which during opening night only will be modeled with the accompaniment of traditional songs set to Preston Singletary’s latest jazz funk band called “Ku’eex.”  Directly after opening night, the ensembles will be placed on their respective mannequins.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of our exhibit!

Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Contemporary clothing designer Sho Sho Esquiro, and Ceremonial regalia-maker, Clarissa Rizal


Categories: Arts & Culture

Northwest Coast Weavers’ Studio

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:16pm

One of several carved pieces by Lyonel Grant for the Evergreen Longhouse Weavers’ Studio, Olympia, WA

I flew to Seattle for a number of reasons:  alternative doctor diagnosis and treatment, work with Sue on a button robe, meet up with my niece and fellow artist to discuss our exhibit next year, and check out the Maori/Coast Salish carvings for the planned “Weavers’ Studio” at the Evergreen Longhouse campus in Olympia, Washington.

Maori carving by New Zealand’s number one Maori carver, Lyonel Grant

These carvings were designed and created by the top New Zealand Maori carver, Lyonel Grant.  You may check out his website at:

Collaborative piece carved by Maori carver Lyonel Grant and Coast Salish carver Peter Boome

Detail carving of Coast Salish artist Peter Boome and Maori artist Lyonel Grant

Categories: Arts & Culture


Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:42pm
There is an X-Country race on Saturday, September 26 at Sandy Beach. This will likely impact the flow of traffic in and out of the rink parking lot. Runners will be on the road, crossing the Treadwell Arena parking lot and will have the right-of-way. PLEASE NOTE: There will be flaggers that will likely be stopping cars as runner cross. Please give yourself additional time to get to the rink.
Categories: Outdoors

Can't Skate, Can't Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:36pm
Sept 21st-25th 2015. Youth and Adult clinics. Click link for more details. Peewee/Bantam 4:30-6:00, Mites/Squirts 6:15-7:15, Highschool 7:30-9:00, Adults 9:15-10:15
Categories: Outdoors

Day of Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:41pm
Come skate for FREE Saturday, Sept. 12 for the 6th annual CBJ Day of Play! 2 40 minute sessions will be available-12:30-1:10 1:30-2:10. Rental skates are limited & are 1st come 1st served.
Categories: Outdoors

Youth Hockey Registration

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:40pm
JDIA registration is going on NOW. Check out their website for more info!
Categories: Outdoors


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