The Rasmuson Foundation has selected me as their Distinguished Artist for 2014.
You can watch the entire award ceremony or the brief mini doc they commissioned.
Thank you to everyone involved--the board, the staff, and the selection committee.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the artists who received individual grants and to those who received project grants. This support will allow lots of art to flourish across Alaska.
Alaska Literary Series Titles
Sailing by Ravens, poems by Holly Hughes
River of Light, poem by John Morgan, paintings by Kesler Woodward
Benchmarks: New and Selected Poems by Richard Dauenhauer
Gaining Daylight, nonfiction by Sarah Loewen
Oil and Water,a novel by Mei Mei Evans
Upriver, poems by Carolyn Kremers
The University of Alaska Press Advisory Board has approved the Alaska Literary Series, which I'll edit.
2012, the first titles:
The City Beneath the Snow, a book of short stories by Marjorie Kowalski Cole
The Rabbits Could Sing, a book of poems by Amber Flora Thomas
The Cormorant Hunter's Wife, a reprint of the first book of poems by Joan Kane
THE ALASKA WRITERS DIRECTORY is now live. Please visit our site--Alaskan Writers Directory(www.alaskanwritersdirectory.com) If you're a writer, please post your information!
Alaska State Writer Laureate 2010-2012
As Alaska State Writer Laureate I'll do what I can to create opportunities for writers in Alaska. I'll also work to make Alaskan writers visible in Alaska and in the rest of the world.
My projects will involve travel, teaching, readings, workshops, and community visits. I'll work on projects to publish Alaskan writers. I'll set up events that connect Alaskan writers and their audiences. I'll encourage collaborations between writers and artists working in other forms.
Since 1976, I've balanced writing and teaching. The writing is mostly solitary. The teaching's usually sociable. So that's a good mix. I love the on-going conversation that takes place when people read and write and talk about reading and writing. I envision lots of community classes, writing workshops, classroom visits, and conference or festival sessions.
Teaching has taught me to articulate what I've done instinctively, to describe what I value and why, to refine my aesthetics. It's also helped me identify where I might branch out or experiment, where I need to try a new tool or technique. Those are all gifts of considerable value to a working writer.
Writing has taught me that the world will never work the way we expect or predict. The primary way I apprehend the world is by language. So the language has to stay fresh, ready for anything.
I'm really looking forward to listening to writers and readers in towns and villages throughout Alaska.
I was the featured writer for September at 49 Writers blogspot. Hope you enjoy my posts each Thursday.
49 Writers hosts a website for writers and writing in Alaska, does programming and workshops, and has put together Alaska's first writing center, Raven Place.
I'm at work on a manuscript of poems set in Costa Rica.
Get a sneak preview in these fine magazines: Ascent, Blackbird, The Fiddlehead, The Gettysburg Review, Permafrost, and Prairie Schooner.
I enjoy teaching at writing conferences and festivals, and giving workshops and readings. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.