EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE Tuesday, June 28th, at 7:00 pm, Mountain View Library The Anchorage Public Library is thrilled to announce that New York Times bestselling literary fiction author Sharyn McCrumb will hold an Author Talk during her first visit to Alaska. Up for discussion will be McCrumb’s stunning Depression-era novel, Prayers the Devil Answers. It is a story of courage and tragedy that weaves Appalachian folklore and history For more information, please visit www.anchoragelibrary.org events or call Stacia at 907-343-2909. Hope to see you there! UAA Bookstore Monday, June 20 from 12:00pm-1:30pm at the UAA Campus BookstoreJoan Tovsen presents Calendars and Time in the Eyes of Science & History Joan Tovsen received a BA Public Communications with a minor in Geology at UAA and has done graduate work in environmental northern studies at UAF. Her business ventures include owning of a map store, working in the travel industry, in education, and as a tutor with therapeutic essential oils. Joan's foundation in scientific inquiry enables her to explore Biblical research in methodical and logical ways. At this event on the summer solstice, she will explain different meanings of time, astrology/astronomy and calendars. There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot, Sports Campus West Lot. Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore Waging War in Remote Areas: The Falklands War as a Case Study with Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky, USA (Retired)Over the past two decades, the U.S. military has focused almost exclusively on operations in the Middle East. However, U.S. strategy specifies that military services must be ready to operate in remote areas, aka expeditionary warfare. At this event, today’s U.S. military situation is compared to that of Britain’s in 1982 when, while concentrating exclusively on NATO and the Warsaw Pact, it found itself waging a war 8,000 miles away with little wherewithal. And the dramatic difference of deploying to and operating in remote areas will be highlighted using a photo slideshow of the Falklands War.
Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky, USA (Retired), served in the infantry in Vietnam before becoming a logistics specialist. He taught at West Point, was a military fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and commanded organizations supplying U.S. forces worldwide. In civilian life he was an executive in the ocean transportation industry. He has lectured on military subjects to both national and international audiences and is the author of the recently published Logistics in the Falklands War. Now retired, he lives in Anchorage.There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot , Sports Campus West Lot. EVENTS AROUND ALASKA FAIRBANKS The Fairbanks Arts Association is the host of the oldest Literary Reading in the State. Every month, the public is treated to writers reading their own work and a community meet-up where people can connect with other lovers of literature. Readings are held on the day after First Friday, usually the first Saturday of the month at 7 pm. Most reading are held in the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park, although occasionally in the summer (June, July, and August) the weather is beautiful reading are held outside to another spot in Pioneer Park. Upcoming: August 6: Paul GreciSeptember: UAF Faculty ReadingOctober: TBANovember: TBADecember: Rosemary McGuireAdditional readings and literary events may be held, but the First Saturday Literary Reading Series will always be at 7 pm the day after First Friday (Except February). JUNEAU June 25, 2016 Woosh Kinaadeiyí Summer Showcase presents Christy NaMee Eriksen at the Rockwell. Doors open at 6:30.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS Seeking Writers and Photographers for New Alaska Food 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 their website with lots of new content. They seek 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 seek original recipes that can include your standard recipe and a "how-to" video. They are not looking for another profile about a great microbrewery or reviews of well-known restaurants. They want to expand what people know and think about food (and food culture) in Alaska while creating an archive of food practices throughout the state (both urban and rural). Please email your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.” CONFERENCES, AWARDS, RETREATS & RESIDENCIES Register now for the 2016 Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, a 49 Writers program which will take place on September 9-11, 2016 at the fantastic Tutka Bay Lodge. Faculty instructor award-winning writer Debra Magpie Earling will lead fiction writers in an in-depth writing workshop. Emphasizing in-class writing supportiveness, collegiality, and constructive atmosphere, the engaged student will emerge with improved techniques for further work. Registration fee is $600 for members and $650 for nonmembers. Learn more and register. Wrangell Mountains Writing Workshop's Riversong float tripJuly 20-26, 2016in beautiful McCarthy, Alaska and the surrounding Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve. This year's workshop features a dynamic staff including poet, essayist and singer/songwriter David Lynn Grimes; professional singer/songwriter Michelle McAfee; visual artist, writer, and songwriter Robin Child; and longstanding workshop director, poet, and essayist Nancy Cook. The workshop will include two nights and a full day of craft sessions at the Wrangell Mountains Center in McCarthy, followed by a four night educational float trip along the Kennicott, Nizina, Chitina, and Copper Rivers of South-central Alaska. $975 includes all meals, instruction, and guided river trip with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters. (And yes, that's an amazing deal!) Check out the smiles in last year's Riversong album, or paddle on over to the Wrangell Mountain Center's website to register. Workshop limited to eight student writers/songwriters. Register now! Thank You for Your Support!Over 10,000 people read the blog each month. The blog is made possible by 49 Writers members, along with all of the workshops, author tours, Crosscurrents events, readings, and craft talks we offer. Won't you join them by becoming a member? Join Us49 Writers Volunteer Seta Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) gmail.com. 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.
One of my favorite poets, David Budbill has been dealing with rapidly declining health lately and while the conversations I’ve had with him over the years have been marked by a striking optimism, the challenges of being a writer who is losing the physical ability to write are becoming too much for even the most optimistic and zen of mountain recluse poets. Here’s a recent conversation between Budbill and longtime friend, David French. HIt the link for the full conversation, http://www.davidbudbill.com/1500/a-conversation-with-david-budbill
David French’s questions and comments are in italics. Unless otherwise indicated, all the poems are David Budbill’s.
But let’s talk about what’s happening in your life right now.
The major thing that I’m dealing with is my Parkinson’s disease, my rare form of Parkinson’s disease. It has incapacitated me and made me incapable of all the things I used to love to do: I would cut wood and garden and mow, and I can’t do any of those anymore. So I’ve had to revise my life completely. So far I haven’t revised my life; I’ve just cancelled it, dropped out.
Now that’s not entirely true, because before I dropped out, I was able to finish a novel and a short story and a collection of poems, and they’re all coming out in the next year. So I did that before I cancelled my life.
The last time I was here, you said all this happened a year ago, when you moved to Montpelier.
Up until then, you’d still been working on your novel and your stories and your poem.
I suppose, yeah.
There recently was a song cycle of your poems at the Elley-Long Music Center. One song was about doing things for the last time. It was beautiful, but with an ache to it. You must have done a lot of that leaving Wolcott, walking around, looking around, knowing that was the last time you’d cut this wood or stack it or put it in the stove.
It was. Yeah, it was heartbreaking, because that was my identity, and now it’s no longer that. Which is no doubt one of the reasons I’m in limbo now.
So you’re not writing now.
No, I’m not.
You’re not making music.
Another theme that keeps coming up in your poetry, sometimes in very funny ways, is the lament over not having been a major voice in the poetry world. You wrote about the life of “genteel poverty and meditation” you lead:
…which gives me lots of time
to gnash my teeth and worry over
how I want to be known and read
by everyone and have admirers
everywhere and lots of money!
Is that something you would still write a poem about at this point, or is that an old theme that isn’t something you think about anymore?
I certainly think about it.
You still do?
You would like to be higher on whatever the poetry best-seller list is?
And have more money from it, recognition.
Yeah. Of course, who wouldn’t?
When I came to Judevine Mountain
all my troubles would cease,
but I brought… my ambition –
so now, still,
all I know is grief.
Well, that’s true. I have this thing about ambition. I can’t live with it, and I can’t live without it.