Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The first full biography of Griffith, Canyons and Ice offers a rare look at the man behind the soaring achievements and occasionally death-defying moments. A grand tale of adventure, the book is also a reflection on what motivates a man to traverse some of the most remote places on earth.
Friday, June 14, 2013
We'll be posting on Facebook and tweeting from the conference, so if you can't make it in person be sure to keep up with the news on social media. If you don't already "like" us, we need two people to like our Facebook page to make the 500 milestone - who can help us reach that target? Follow us on Twitter @49writingcenter.
Although our Tutka Bay Writers Retreat in September is sold out with a waitlist, you can still enjoy Ron Carlson's forthcoming novel, Return to Oakpine, to be published by Viking in July, which received a starred review from Library Journal: "With spirit and grace, Carlson (The Signal), has caught the essence of what might have been, as well as the importance of friends and family. A touching and effecting work of literary fiction." Ron will also be making a Crosscurrents appearance with Don Rearden in Anchorage on September 4, 7pm, at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The title of their onstage conversation is "Surviving the Story." Where do stories come from? How does a writer find and survive a story? Join us to find out more about the process of discovery in writing fiction. Ron is scheduled to give a reading in Homer on September 5 - more information on that soon.
Mark your calendars for a book signing at Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks on Wednesday July 3, 4-6pm, featuring Jean Morgan Meaux and her new book In Pursuit of Alaska: An Anthology of Travelers' Tales 1879-1909.
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, with its wonderful two-week writing program, is coming up July 14-28. Visit this page for information about faculty and visiting artists, and this one for an outline calendar.
Application deadlines for Artist in Residence at Zion National Park for 2014 are coming up soon: postmark deadline July 19, to be received by July 24. Four artists will be chosen for two spring and two fall residency slots; literary artists are welcome to apply. For full information, visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/
This year's Wrangell Mountain Center writing programs, July 27-August 1, will feature writers Sherry Simpson, Derick Burleson, and Nancy Cook. Visit www.wrangells.org for full information, and register soon to receive an 'early bird' discount.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up of F Magazine's F'Air Words Statewide writing competition. Read the winning entries in the June edition of F.
GEM Thomas' new novel, Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Blood has been released. Glen Biegel interviews GEM about the book on YouTube here. Available as an E-Book with interactive and interpretive links.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives in Homer, Alaska. Prior to landing there, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. Her poetry has most recently been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Permafrost, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, and Sugar House Review. Her first collection of poetry Pause, Traveler was published on June 1, 2013 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her blog is www.beingpoetry.net.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
When things got real bad, meaning mom was coming down from a week of partying; I would lock the door to our room, push my desk up against it, check to see if my sister was asleep, and then sneak out the open window, leaving it cracked. I’d tap quietly three times on Andy's bedroom window, which was our signal, he knew to meet me in the wooded lot behind my house. Andy always came prepared with a blanket, hand-held FM radio, a couple of sodas, and a first aid kit.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
You'll find some new listings on the Writer Resources page. After Claire Morgan contacted us - she's a researcher with the Open Education Database - we added her "150 Tools for Writers," a project she recently completed to compile a comprehensive list of writers' resources that includes everything from proper citation and grammar guides to organizational tools and legal help. Since we get requests now and then for information on editorial services, we've listed some editors who are current or former Alaskans. We're not endorsing a particular business by listing it, just providing information - be sure to check references and testimonials. If you know of a good resource to share with other writers, just let us know.
Only one more week left to submit your proposals for fall classes - deadline June 15. Click here for more information.
On Saturday, June 8, 7pm, Libbie Martin will be the reader for the Fairbanks Arts Association's June Literary Reading, part of the 2013 Literary Reading Series. She will read from her new book Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race. Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks.
Tuesday, June 11, 12:30-2:30pm, UAA Campus Bookstore: Summer Author Series features Track & Treks with authors Cinthia Ritchie (Dolls Behaving Badly), Lizzie Newell (The Stud and the Sperm Thief), and James Misko (The Cut of Pride), who come together to discuss their books, life, and writing in Alaska.
June 13, 7pm, Venus Transit performs Via Mundi at Blue Hollomon Gallery (part of Spenard JazzFest, but always independent and always original). The lineup includes Brian Hutton who just won the F’Air Words competition in the fiction category. Curated by poet and essayist, Sandy Kleven (who happens to have won in nonfiction in F Magazine's annual writing contest). (Editor: Congratulations to both!) Also with Gabriel Barnett, Elizabeth L Thompson, Peter Porco, Moss Ira, Melissa Wanamaker, Tamara Rothman, Corliss Kimmell. And special guest who include Christine Reichman, Patrick Minock and Matt Berman. The program begins with poetry and twists resulting a collaborative mix. JazzFest opens Friday, June 7, 5:30pm, at Hugi-Lewis Gallery on Northern Lights and Spenard.
Congratulations to 49 Writers' "own" Deb Vanasse: Alaska Center for the Book has just selected her Lucy's Dance to represent Alaska at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Each year, the Center for the Book creates a passport with which participants navigate the Pavilion of the States. The passport features a book from each state. For AK in fall 2013, Lucy's Dance is what it will be.
Four poems by Alaska writers have been selected for permanent placement (late this summer or early fall) in state parks in Ketchikan and Fairbanks as part of the statewide Poetry in Place initiative. Poems by Emily Wall and Ernestine Hayes will be installed at Totem Bight State Park in Ketchikan and poems by Frank Soos and the late John Haines will be installed in the Chena River State Recreation Area near Fairbanks.
Lucian Childs' short story "Carbon Copies" is now out in Prism Review, Issue #15. The story was the winner of their 2103 Fiction award.
Readers needed! This month's Poetry Parley, coming up Wednesday June 20, will feature Czeslaw Milosz and local poet David Cheezem of Fireside Books. If you'd like to read one or several poems by Milosz, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
The Kachemak Bay Writers Conference is coming up next weekend. Registration is still open, but even if you're not going, if you're in Homer at all you should consider attending the Festival of Readings, free and open to the public every night of the conference. Saturday June 15th, 8pm is the keynote, with poet and essayist Naomi Shihab Nye (limited seating; doors open 7.30). Sunday June 16, 7:30pm at Alice's Champagne Palace will feature John Daniel, Sean Hill, Sara Loewen, Melinda Moustakis, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, Eva Saulitis, and Sherry Simpson. Monday June 17, 7:30pm at Lands End Resort will feature Rich Chiappone, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Ann Hood, Nancy Lord, Karen McElmurray, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Peggy Shumaker, and Deb Vanasse. Book signings will follow all readings.
Tuesday, June 18, 7pm, Jitters Coffee House, Eagle River: the Alaska Writers Guild June program features Cherilynn Stone talking about Social Networking and Using the Internet to Promote Your Writing. Cherilynn taught a class for us on this topic in spring 2012 which was well-received - don't miss this opportunity.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
1.Work on one thing at a time until finished.
2.Start no more new books, add no more new material to "Black Spring."
3.Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
4.Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
5.When you can't create you can work.
6.Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
7.Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
8.Don't be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
9.Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
10.Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
11.Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.
The commandments that jumped out at me in a flash? #1-"Work on one thing at a time until finished" and #2--"Start no more new books" and #10--"Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing."
Three of the eleven commandments all boil down to this same rule: that one must stay focused and true to a single project, and give it one's fullest attention. On this particular trip, I had days upon days of glorious solitude, including lots of driving time: a 10-hour drive from Akron, Ohio down into rural Virginia, via small, winding roads, past horse farms and plantation houses and wooded hillsides. An evening drive through foggy Appalachian country. And the days that followed: more drives past vineyards and lavender farms and the past the James River and up mountains to wonderful trailheads (good hiking and trail-running country, in addition to good writing country).
All those drives gave me lots of happy time to think, and when I'm happy, book ideas multiply. On the 10-hour drive to Virginia alone, my brain was so occupied dreaming about two separate new book ideas and one new idea for an abandoned-novel revision that I had to keep forcibly harnessing my mind and pulling it back to the novel I am currently working on, the one I had come to Virginia to write. (Once I was at my desk at the retreat, it was blessedly easy to focus. It was only once I hit those winding roads again that my polygamous brain wanted to start new relationships with more new book ideas.)
I don't start daydreaming about other projects when things are going poorly. It's not a way of turning my back on a current book that is ailing. Instead, I daydream when things, including the current book, are going well. Suddenly, everything seems possible, and every idea triggers another, and my love for the books I'm reading for pleasure only feed the yearning to be writing in multiple styles on multiple subjects.
Many times in my two decades as a professional writer I've wondered whether I should work on multiple projects simultaneously, and I've posed that question to other writers, without getting firm responses. Since my interests range to nonfiction and screenwriting, and even to areas I haven't tried, like YA fiction, I sometimes think that working on parallel projects would be a good strategy, creatively and professionally. I have no choice but to do other small-jobs, including occasional articles, but it's the idea of working on several big things that intrigues me, making me want to believe that if I only tried harder and juggled better, I could do more.
But there's a voice in the back of my head -- the Henry Miller voice, as it turns out -- that says this isn't so. "Work on one thing at a time," he tells us. And he finds other ways to repeat the mantra. One thing at a time. This book. Nothing else.
Thanks, Henry. I needed that.
Do any of his other commandments speak to you?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
|Candace Blas at Teen Underground (photo by Clark Mishler)|