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Researcher to focus on indigenous intellectual property rights

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:21am
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is sponsoring a visiting scholar from Norway who is researching indigenous intellectual property rights.

Governor's Award profile: Vicki Soboleff

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:19am
Juneau resident Vicki Soboleff, founder of the dance group Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’i (All Nations Children), is to be honored this year with the Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages.

Governor's Award profile: Steve Henrikson

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:18am
On any given day, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson traverses 4,000 years of history.

Governor's Award profile: Nancy DeCherney

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:16am
Three things you might not know about Nancy DeCherney: She grew up in Wrangell and Haines.

Governor's Awards to be held Thursday in Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:15am
The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in December announced the eight recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities.

On Writing: Dancing with Michelle

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:13am
I never danced before meeting Michelle. I’m not sure what diffidence kept me off the dance floor, whether it was my having no idea how to or no confidence that I could or simply no inspiration. But whatever it was, it was meaningless. Michelle taught me that.

Art in unusual places

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:06am
The Capital City Weekly welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing.

Theatre review: Our Voices Will Be Heard

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:05am
I’ll admit it: my theater reviewing process usually involves reading other reviews (mostly so I can disagree with them; this tends to be an effective starting point).

Comic Convention to be held in Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:05am
Alaska Robotics will in April host a Mini-Con — a comic convention and artist camp taking place in Juneau from April 22 - 26.

Comic artist and queer activist Anna Bongiovanni will visit Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:03am
Alaska Robotics Gallery is inviting cartoonist and queer activist Anna Bongiovanni to Juneau Feb. 4-6.

Improv Champions Return to Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:01am
Sarah Shoemaker and Michael Yichao, 2014 College Improv Tournament National Champions, will perform their show, Tall Grande Venti, this weekend in Juneau, then join local performers in the debut of Cogs & Goggles, a steampunk-themed improvisation.

Kidnapped” now in bookstores; reading scheduled

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:59am
“Kidnapped by Muslim Rebels,” Juneau couple Loy and Ludy Maturan’s true account of the days they and their seven-month-old granddaughter spent kidnapped by extremists in the Philippines 26 years ago, is now available at Hearthside Books.

Did I mention…

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:47pm

…that I started an MFA program in May of 2015?  I’m finding it quite amazing that I’ve not posted since October 2015 despite a very productive writing period.  Glad to be working through draft after draft with the talented and generous Zack Rogow.  He’s so generous he’s giving away his sage advice on his blog.

So for the sake of bringing some recent work into the light, here’s one from the fall that’s nearing completion.

Rise

Nevermind the stillness— / the deep sleeps to awake.
–Nazim Hikmet from “The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin”

To get out
of the deep, first
go down

work that furious club-tail
through tunnel twists,
down, then up, then out.

Out of the deep-den,
beaver through waking,
through mist music,
light deep like black spruce
down at roots but rising.

Brittle sap floored-forest,
so many needles dropping,
daylight falling but trapped
in drooping night-net.

Rise, emerge,
outside den
and water warp, sight
swarms as translucent eyelids lift
forest and fractured light
come into focus.

Swim beaver, wet still,
become day, walk now,
spit spruce sap, build.


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