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49 Writer’s Inc. Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block

Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block
By Dawnell Smith (and on behalf of her Block partners: Vered Mares, Teeka Ballas, Kathy McCue)

In the fall of 2015, we walked into the Adults Only sex store on Spenard Road in Anchorage to lay the groundwork for building a community bookstore art space and cafe. The property held not just a storied past, but the stories of people trying to survive and make sense of their lives.

The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café has risen up in that space because the community has helped lift it. We all want to make sense of our lives, and books, art, and gathering spaces help us do it.

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Christine Byl | Thanks & Giving for the Arts

“Grateful people are happy people.” In a week of thankfulness rituals, I appreciated the reminder.

Christine Byl | Thanks & Giving for the Arts

Guest Blogger Christine Byl | What Shall I Read Next?

Sometimes you need rules to make a game more interesting (witness: tennis, sonnets.) You could say I invented a reading-list form for myself.

Guest Blogger Christine Byl | What Shall I Read Next?

Matthew Komatsu | Anything But Normal – 49 Writers, Inc.

Next month, I’ll be teaching an introductory class on open form essays, and I hope you can tell that I’m excited. We’ll do a little reading, a little writing, and a little listening. All of which will be in the name of disrupting the expected and getting outside our literary comfort zones. Join me on 9 December and let’s see where it takes us.

Matthew Komatsu | Anything But Normal – 49 Writers, Inc.

Literary Roundup | November 10-23, 2017


Thanks to everyone who turned out last night to Jonathan White’s Reading & Craft Talk Series event in Anchorage, and to Indigo Tea Lounge for staying open after hours to host this series! Folks, don’t miss Jonathan’s appearances tonight (11/10/17) in Homer, and Saturday the 11th at UAA Campus Bookstore (details below). SOUTHCENTRAL HOMER | Friday, November 10, 2017 at … Read More

Literary Roundup | November 10-23, 2017

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

Fairbanks Arts Association (Fairbanks, AK), in partnership with Alaska Center for the Book (Anchorage, AK), have announced that the featured selection for the 2017-2018 statewide Alaska Reads program is Steam Laundry, by Fairbanks poet Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Alaska Reads is a biennial statewide reading program that features a selected publication by a living Alaskan author. The initiative began in 2015 … Read More

Statewide Alaska Reads Program 2017-18

Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams – 49 Writers, Inc.

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.  E. L. Doctorow I hate driving at night. Give me daylight, sunshine. Let me see where I’m headed. But that’s not the province of a writer. Whenever I’m in the final throes of … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Hazards in the High Beams – 49 Writers, Inc.

AQR @35 | Chutzpah and Energy, by Heather Lende – 49 Writers, Inc.

The chutzpah and energy and even the unpredictability of AQR is completely Alaskan. If it were a person it could be one of my neighbors.

AQR @35 | Chutzpah and Energy, by Heather Lende – 49 Writers, Inc.

Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Writing Toward a Twenty-First Century Counterculture – 49 Writers, Inc.

Merton’s coming to Alaska in that beast of a year, the “year of everything horrible” as he referred to it, is a little-known, under-told story.

Source: Guest Blogger Kathleen Witkowska Tarr | Writing Toward a Twenty-First Century Counterculture – 49 Writers, Inc.

Literary Roundup | Oct 27-Nov 9, 2017

What’s happening in literary Alaska?

Source: Literary Roundup | Oct 27-Nov 9, 2017