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US stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week

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US stock indexes are slightly higher at end of a tough week Associated Press - 27 March 2015 15:04-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Stock prices, Precious metal markets, Currency markets, Stock indices and averages, Oil and gas industry, U.S. dollar, Japanese yen, Brent crude markets, Crude oil markets, Economy, Financial markets, Leading economic indicators, Metal markets, Commodity markets, Stock markets, Energy industry, Industries, Energy markets, Euro People, Places and Companies: United States, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Iran, Yemen Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NYC mayor: Injury toll in explosion, collapse rises to 22

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NYC mayor: Injury toll in explosion, collapse rises to 22 Associated Press - 27 March 2015 15:04-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Building collapses, Explosions, Accidents and disasters, Missing persons, Building explosions, Municipal governments, Structural failures, Accidents, Local governments, Government and politics, Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest, Fires, Oil and gas industry, Crime, Energy industry, Industries People, Places and Companies: Bill de Blasio, Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan, New York City, New York Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

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Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain Associated Press - 27 March 2015 15:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Child abuse, Homicide, Violent crime, Crime, Crimes against children People, Places and Companies: Detroit Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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49 Writers - 13 hours 5 min ago
Ready to revise part or all of your novel or memoir? We have a good group of 6-7 people ready to start the Revision Intensive class on April 4, and there's space for a couple more. Andromeda Romano-Lax is teaching this 6-week, asynchronous class with workshopping and mini-lessons in revision specifics like openings, scene structure, dialogue, perfect paragraphs (diction, syntax) and more.

Also starting on April 4 is Larry Weiss's Historical Research Sources class in Anchorage. Get the low-down on fleshing out your stories with vivid and accurate details.
Register for classes at 49 Writers.

 Happy Writing!
Morgan

EVENTS IN ANCHORAGE49 Writers Classes. Find full information on the 49 Writers website.
  • Historical Research Sources for Writers with Lawrence Weiss, April 4, 9-12pm.Explore online and local sources for historical research of narrative material and images. The focus will be on Alaska materials, but many of the resources are national in scope. We will review national newspaper archives, UAA and State of Alaska historical holdings, federal holdings, community museums and historical societies, interview techniques, and other sources for historical material for writers. Our priority will be free and low-cost resources. 
  • How to Publish Your Book on Kindle with Lawrence Weiss, April 18, 9-12pm. A practical review of how to format a book for publishing on Kindle, how to submit the book for publication, and how to monitor the book once published. We'll start with a brief overview of the world of electronic publishing. We will also discuss how to format for Smashwords and how to submit. Smashwords is kind of a "middleman" broker that then gets your book onto itunes, Barnes and Noble, and several other sites world-wide. Finally, we will spend a little time discussing marketing your ebook. 
  • Writing in 360 Degrees with Don Rearden, April 23, 6-9pm. No one lives in a setting, a life doesn't happen in a setting. Learn how to advance your fiction andn non-fiction to the next level by giving your writing a 360 degree transformation. In this workshop you'll be guided through a series of fun writing prompts that will help you understand and see the world your characters live in a new light. Learn how to craft complex and detailed environments and watch your characters come to life within their new realm of existence.
Events at the UAA Bookstore
  • April 8, 5-7pm. Gretchen T. Bersch and Carole Lund present No Small Lives: Handbook of North American Early Women Adult Educators, 1925-1950.
  • April 14, 5-7pm. Linda Dunegan, author of The Price of Whistleblowing and one of the highest ranking female officers in the Alaska Air National Guard, presents Scandal of the Military. 
  • April 15, 5-7pm. UAA Undergraduate English Students: Reading and Writings
All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public.

49 Writers & Great Harvest Bread Co. invite you to the SAVOR THE RISING WORDS Poetry Reading in Honor of National Poetry Month. Thursday, April 16, 7-8:30pm. Great Harvest Bread Co. 570 East Benson Blvd. Poets and artists from across Alaska have submitted original works to the Savor the Rising Words Poetry Broadside Invitational Exhibit on display at Great Harvest through April. Come enjoy this unique opportunity to view the broadsides on display and hear the poets read their work. Broadsides will be available for purchase.
Author Visit at Loussac: Live via SatelliteJoin Susan Jane Gilman live via OWL! Gilman is the author of Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a Smart Mouth Goddess, Hypocrite in a White Pouffy Dress, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. She'll be speaking about her writing process, the jump from non-fiction to fiction, and more! Thursday, April 16th at 7pm in the Public Conference Room (1st floor) at Loussac. For more information contact Stacia at mcgourtysa@muni.org.

Poetry Parley: Join Dorothy Parker & Friends for "A Night at the Algonquin."
Thursday, April 16th, 6:30-9pm, at the Hugi-Lewis Studio (1800 W. Northern Lights Blvd.), Time Travel Literary Club will join forces with Poetry Parley to celebrate the iconic wits and wisecrackers associated with 1920s and the Algonquin Round Table. FREE! A red-carpet limousine arrival in a vintage Bentley will start our evening. Performance of an excerpt from "Park/Bench," a play by Jocelyn Paine, introduces Dorothy Parker and her dear friend, Robert Benchley. Appearances by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edmond Wilson, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Amy Lowell and others, reading selections from their works will cap the party. Dress in period costume if you wish—or not. Just share your favorite Algonquin writer and come for the fun! They are looking for a few volunteers to play these characters. Contact poetryparley@gmail.com for more info.

Beyond the Stacks fundraiser at Loussac Library
The Friends of the Library is looking for authors to be VIP waiters for our annual Beyond The Stacks fundraiser on April 17, 2015. Contact Anna Breuninger (907-301-1233).
Crosscurrents: Alaska Writer Laureate Frank Soos and panelists Eva Saulitis, Susanna Mishler, and David Stevenson. A wide ranging discussion about how writers present themselves on the page in poetry and essay, as opposed to the people they may be in the rest of their lives. Wednesday, April 29, 7pm at the Anchorage Museum.

EVENTS AROUND ALASKAONLINE CLASSESRevision Intensive with Andromeda Romano-Lax. Sunday, April 5–Saturday, May 16.Online, asynchronous. Register here.

SOUTHCENTRAL, MAT-SU, KENAI PENINSULADon't forget to register for Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, June 12-16. 2015’s keynote speaker is Andre Dubus III, and there are a host of amazing writers on the faculty this year (as there are every year). This year's post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay Lodge, Finding the Geography of Our Work, will be led by 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner Afaa Weaver, June 16-18,

SOUTHEASTThe UAS Alumni and Development office is bringing Denali’s Howl author Andy Hall (getting great reviews on Amazon) for a Sound and Motion presentation at the Egan Library as part of their 25th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, March 27 at 7pm.

Woosh Kinaadeiyí Open Mic and Poetry Slam to feature the Legendary Black Ice
Woosh Kinaadeiyí will host this month’s open mic and poetry slam on Friday, March 27th at 6:30pm at Suite 907, located above Donna’s Restaurant. There will be a special appearance by the Legendary Black Ice, a Tony, Peabody, and Emmy Award winning spoken word poet visiting from Atlanta, Georgia. The winner of the slam will have the honor of opening for the Legendary Black Ice’s feature performance on Saturday at 9pm, along with hip hop artist John Crown of Tacoma.
Both events are open to the public, and poets of all ages and abilities are encouraged to perform. Sign up to read at 6pm. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There is no charge Friday night. Saturday’s entry fee is $10.00 per person to contribute to travel expenses.  Literary Happy Hour: a new monthly event in Juneau. Sunday, April 26, 4:30-6pm, Coho's, 51 Egan Drive. Free - No Host Bar. Readings by Libby Bakalar (author of the Juneau-based blog One Hot Mess) and Geoff Kirsch (Juneau Empire columnist and humorist).  These two writers (who happened to be married) are truly funny!  Check out their work by clicking on their names. See you at Coho's!  
INTERIORScholar and fiction writer Rob Davidson will visit UAF as part of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writer's Series. Davidson is the author of three books--two collections of stories and one collection of literary criticism--and has been awarded a Camber Press Fiction Award, judged by Ron Carlson; an AWP Intro Journals Project Award; and two Pushcart Prize nominations. He will be reading from his work on Friday, March 27 at 7pm in Murie Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact emparker2@alaska.edu.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERSPUBLICATION & PRODUCTION
Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize Accepting Submissions: We think of creative nonfiction as flexible, fluid, and expansive, and so we’re looking for essays—lyrical, graphic, familiar, humorous, personal, environmental, travel—that are exploratory, innovative, self-interrogative, meditative, whimsical...in short, work that knocks our socks off. The 2015 judge is Kate Carroll de Gutes, whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Pank, Gertrude, Fourth Genre, and other publications. The winning author receives: $1,000 and publication in an upcoming issue. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Reading period has been extended to March 31; entries must be postmarked by March 31. Send submissions to: Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize, 434 Farm Lane, Rm. 235, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Detailed submission guidelines available at www.msupress.org/journals/fg

2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship. Deadline: April 6, 2015, 5pm PST. The coveted NACF national award includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. To apply, artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria and complete an application at http://your.culturegrants.org. The foundation will announce award recipients in August 2015. For questions and technical support, contact Program Officer Andre Bouchardat andre@nativeartsandcultures.org or (360) 314-2421.

Call for Submissions: Brandish, a collection of essential writing about life and work in rural Alaska. Projected publication, Summer 2016.Submit your writing of Rural Alaska: memoir, poetry, essay, social commentary, bright ideas, and system critique, (and if you can't say it straight), try fiction, to: wild.blue.darling@gmail.com

CONTESTS & GRANTSNarrative MagazineWinter 2015 Story Contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, at midnight, PST. The Winter 2015 Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. $2,500 First Prize; $1,000 Second Prize; $500 Third Prize; Ten finalists receive $100 each. See the Guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors.
2015 Public Invitation for a Poem in Place: For the third and final project year, Poems in Place 2015 seeks one poem to place in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak, and one poem forCaines Head State Recreation Area in SewardSubmission deadline: April 1.

Win $500 to Attend a Writer's Conference, Festival, Center, Retreat, or Residency. AWP offers three scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers' conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Enter via Submittable by March 30, 2015 deadline.

2015 AWG & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Two solid days of breakout sessions, keynotes, and panels, plus optional manuscript critiques and workshops. Early registration starts May 2015. www.AlaskaWritersGuild.com
CONFERENCES, RETREATS & RESIDENCIESKachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Homer, AK, June 12-16, 2015: keynote speaker is Andre Dubus III, and there are a host of amazing writers on the faculty this year (as there are every year). This year's post-conference workshop at Tutka Bay Lodge, Finding the Geography of Our Work, will be led by 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner Afaa Weaver, June 16-18.
The Sitka Fellows Program, which awards six residency fellowships to the most promising national and international applicants under the age of 30. Did you know that an Alaskan has never participated in this terrific program? Applications are strongly encouraged from Alaskans, so if you or someone you know is a visionary thinker under 30, please apply! The deadline is March 29th. As posted on their web site: The Sitka Fellows Program brings together some of the most exciting, promising talent across all fields and disciplines to spend a summer residency at the Sheldon Jackson Campus in Sitka, Alaska. We look for visionaries of all stripes: frame-busting, independent thinkers who wish to immerse themselves in their work alongside smart, enthusiastic young people from radically different backgrounds. Residents will live for seven weeks on Sitka's 137-year old Sheldon Jackson Campus, a National Historic Landmark. Residents receive studio and research space, food, and a community environment in which they can interact with each other as well as with Sitkans. In sum, residents will be free to dedicate themselves to their work and their ideas. This year's residency will run from July 15-August 30. To learn more and apply, go to:http://www.iialaska.org/programs/sitkafellows

Going to AWP in Minneapolis? Please make room in your schedule for an exciting reading. On Thursday, April 9 at 5pm, The Great Land: Alaskan Writers & Presses, offsite reading, featuring Linda Martin, Jeremy Pataky, Adam Tavel, Sherry Simpson, Eva Saulitis, David Stevenson, and Deb Vanasse. At the Minneapolis Community & Technical College on 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Room L3000. Free and open to the public. What a great way to start your AWP off with a flourish. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference: Minneapolis, April 8-11. Imagine 12,000 writers in one place!

North Words Writers Symposium, May 27-30, Skagway. Keynote speaker is Mary Roach, plus a bevvy of Alaska's best authors. North Words Symposium offers a unique opportunity for writers to nurture interrelationships with other writers and thinkers in a spectacular place. They aspire to build upon a tradition of literature that reflects language and life on the frontier.

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End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum

AP Entertainment News - 13 hours 8 min ago
End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:57-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Museums, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Leisure travel, Travel People, Places and Companies: Jon Hamm, Matthew Wilder, Matthew Weiner Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Longtime Alaska Jesuit priest dies at age 88

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Longtime Alaska Jesuit priest dies at age 88 Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner - 27 March 2015 14:53-04:00 News Topics: General news, Obituaries People, Places and Companies: Fairbanks, Alaska, Germany, Spokane Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings

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University of Oklahoma unveils racist chant probe findings Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:52-04:00 News Topics: General news, College fraternities, Higher education, Collegiate organizations, Social groups and organizations, Social affairs, Education, African-Americans, Race and ethnicity, Racial and ethnic discrimination, School discipline, Social issues, Discrimination, Human rights and civil liberties, Education issues People, Places and Companies: David Boren, Oklahoma, Norman Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

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Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:51-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Executive changes, Corporate management, Corporate news, Personnel People, Places and Companies: Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune

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Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:51-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Executive changes, Corporate management, Corporate news, Personnel People, Places and Companies: Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'

AP Top news - 13 hours 18 min ago
Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda' Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:47-04:00 News Topics: General news, Chemical terrorism, Civil wars, Chemical weapons, War and unrest, Military facilities, Terrorism, Diplomacy, Government and politics, Weapons of mass destruction, Military and defense, International relations People, Places and Companies: Bashar Assad, John Kerry, Syria, Damascus, Moscow, Turkey, Middle East, United States, Russia Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Actress Drea de Matteo loses apartment in NYC blast

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Actress Drea de Matteo loses apartment in NYC blast Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:41-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Celebrity, Entertainment, Building explosions, Building collapses, Explosions, Accidents and disasters, Structural failures, Accidents People, Places and Companies: Drea de Matteo, Manhattan, New York City, New York Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was drunk before the slaying

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Aaron Hernandez's fiancee: He was drunk before the slaying Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:38-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sports, Celebrity legal affairs, Homicide, Legal proceedings, Trials, Celebrity, Crime, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Violent crime, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Aaron Hernandez, Fall River Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio

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Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:25-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Sports, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Hotels and resorts, Summer Olympic games, Olympic games, Sports sponsorship, Accommodations, FIFA World Cup, Travel, Events, Lifestyle, Sports business, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Soccer, International soccer People, Places and Companies: Eike Batista, Pope Francis, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash

AP Business News - 13 hours 47 min ago
German airline could face 'unlimited' damages for Alps crash Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:18-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Plane crashes, Accidents, Germanwings Flight 9525 crash, Aviation accidents and incidents, Transportation accidents, Passenger airlines, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash, Legal proceedings, Accidents and disasters, Transportation, Events, Airlines, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Industries, Law and order People, Places and Companies: Germany, France, United States, Montreal Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Zayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D

AP Entertainment News - 13 hours 54 min ago
Zayn Malik says he worries he's let fans down by leaving 1D Associated Press - 27 March 2015 14:11-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Pop music People, Places and Companies: Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell, United Kingdom Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top-seeded Wisconsin hangs on to beat North Carolina 79-72

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game. 2015-03-26T20:53:00-04:00 2015-03-27T00:53:01-04:00

Notre Dame races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight spot

AP Sports News - 13 hours 54 min ago
CLEVELAND (AP) — Momentum sagging and Wichita State surging, Mike Brey called time out and offered his Notre Dame players a reminder. 2015-03-26T20:04:00-04:00 2015-03-27T00:04:39-04:00

Ethics panel steps up inquiry of Kentucky Rep. Whitfield

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Ethics panel steps up inquiry of Kentucky Rep. Whitfield Associated Press - 27 March 2015 13:56-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, Political ethics, Political corruption, Legislature, Lobbying, Animals, Animal welfare, Horses, Legislation, Political issues, Social issues, Social affairs, Mammals People, Places and Companies: Wayne Whitfield, Kenny Marchant, Ted Deutch, Wayne Pacelle, Kentucky, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet

AP Technology News - 14 hours 10 min ago
Review: Galaxy S6 phones are Samsung's best yet Associated Press - 27 March 2015 13:55-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Personal finance, Technology, Mobile phones, Smartphones, Consumer electronics Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

FAA, Anchorage police investigate drone complaints

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FAA, Anchorage police investigate drone complaints KTUU-TV - 27 March 2015 13:46-04:00 News Topics: General news, Criminal investigations, Drone surveillance and warfare, Drone aircraft, Law and order, Crime, Military and defense, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Anchorage, Alaska Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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