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October 2020

Amy Hempel & Stuart Dybek

October 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Join us for upcoming reading by Amy Hempel and Stuart Dybek. Watch online at Amy Hempel is the author of Sing to It, The Dog of the Marriage, Tumble Home, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Reasons to Live, and the coeditor of Unleashed. Her stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, The Harvard Review, The Quarterly, and have been widely anthologized, including The Best American Short Stories and The Best Nonrequired…

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Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa & Naomi Shihab Nye

October 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Jane Hirshfield is a poet, translator, essayist, and editor. Her poetry collections include Ledger (Alfred A. Knopf, 2020); The Beauty: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), which was longlisted for the National Book Award, and Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also edited and co-translated books with Mariko Aratani and Robert Bly. Hirshfield has written two books of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the…

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Elizabeth Bradfield, Sean Hill & Robert Wrigley

October 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Elizabeth Bradfield is a writer, naturalist, and guide. She is the author of Toward Antarctica, Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work, and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, and elsewhere. Her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American…

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Dina Nayeri & Celeste Ng

October 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AKDT

Watch this event online at Dina Nayeri is an Iranian American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. She is the author of the novels A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea and Refuge. Her memoir, The Ungrateful Refugee, was a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the 2020 Clara Johnson Award. Her essay of the same name was one of the most widely shared 2017 Long Reads in The Guardian. Nayeri was a 2019 Columbia Institute…

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November 2020

Eliese Colette Goldbach, J. Malcolm Garcia & Tracy Kidder

November 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Eliese Colette Goldbach is a literary nonfiction writer who has worked as a steelworker at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. She recently published her memoir about her experiences in Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit. Goldbach’s essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her Alaska Quarterly Review essay, “White Horse,” was subsequently selected for The Best American Essays 2017. Goldbach has received the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award and a…

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Emily Wall, X’unei Lance Twitchell, Deanna Reder & Sophie McCall

November 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Emily Wall is the author of three full poetry collections: Breaking into Air: Birth Poems (forthcoming from Boreal Books/Red Hen Press), Liveaboard, and Freshly Rooted (both from Salmon Poetry), along with three chapbooks, including Flame from Minerva Rising Press. Wall’s poems have appeared in a wide range of journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, WomenArts Quarterly, Room, Terrain, and Salamander. X’unei Lance Twitchell’s poems have appeared in Yellow Medicine Review and Ice Box. Deanna Reder is…

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December 2020

Nancy Lord, Eva Saulitis (read by Mara Saulitis) & Richard Adams Carey

December 6, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Nancy Lord is the author of three collections of short stories; a novel, pH (WestWinds Press/Alaska Northwest Books); a memoir, Fishcamp (Island Press/Shearwater Books and Counterpoint Press paperback edition); and four nonfiction books: Beluga Days: Tracking the Endangered White Whale (Counterpoint Press and The Mountaineers Books paperback edition), Early Warming (Counterpoint Press), Green Alaska: Dreams from the Far Coast (Counterpoint Press), and Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life (University of Nebraska Press). She has published…

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Siaara Freeman

December 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Siaara Freeman (performance poetry) is from Cleveland Ohio where she is the current Lake Erie Siren. She is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a finalist for the 2017 button poetry chapbook competition, a 2017 bettering American poet and Best of the Net Poet, a 2018 winter tangerine chapbook fellow, and a 2018 Poetry Foundation incubator fellow. Freeman is a four-year PinkDoor Fellow and a 2018 Pinkdoor Faculty member. She is a teaching artist…

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January 2021

Camille Dungy, Dorianne Laux & Joe Millar​

January 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Camille Dungy has written several books of poetry, including Trophic Cascade; Smith Blue, winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize; Suck on the Marrow; and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She is also the author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History. Dungy’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is also…

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Marilyn Manolakas & Robin Black

January 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Sarah Shun-lien Bynum was born in Houston, TX. She is the author of two novels: Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She also recently completed a story collection, Likes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux September 2020). Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and The Best…

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Matthew Zapruder, Jill Osier & Dilruba Ahmed

January 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Matthew Zapruder is a poet, editor, translator, and professor. He is the author most recently of Father’s Day and Why Poetry. His other collections of poetry include Sun Bear, Come On All You Ghosts, The Pajamaist, and American Linden. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in many publications, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Harper’s, Bomb, Slate, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Boston Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Real Simple, and…

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Melinda Moustakis, Hananah Zaheer & Arna Bontemps Hemenway 

January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and grew up in California. She is the author of Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories, winner of the 2010 Flannery O'Connor Award in Short Fiction, the Maurice Prize, and 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Granta, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. Moustakis is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from The…

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February 2021

Felicia Zamora, Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Felicia Zamora is the author of six books of poetry including, I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (2021), Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award (2020), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (2017). She's received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review…

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Daniel J. O’Malley, Ashley Wurzbacher & Cary Holladay

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Daniel J. O’Malley grew up in Missouri and currently lives in West Virginia. His fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and other publications. His story “Simon,” initially published in Granta, is a finalist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. His story “Bridge,” initially published in Alaska Quarterly Review, was included in 2016’s The Best American Short Stories anthology and broadcast on the NPR program Selected Shorts. O’Malley…

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Chris Martin, Bonnie Nadzam & Maxine Scates

February 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST

Watch this event online at Chris Martin is the author of four poetry collections: Things to Do in Hell, The Falling Down Dance, Becoming Weather, and American Music, chosen by C.D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Minnesota History Center's Gale Library, a Bartos fellow at United World College, a reader-in-residence at the South Minneapolis Society Library, and the recipient of a 2017 NEA grant for poetry. In 2015, Martin cofounded Unrestricted Interest,…

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March 2021

Jesse Lee Kercheval, Sara Eliza Johnson & Victoria Kelly

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in Fontainebleau, France and raised in Washington, DC and Cocoa, Florida. She is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and translator. Kercheval is the author of 18 books including America that island off the coast of France, winner of the Dorset Prize in Poetry; Underground Women; Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; Brazil, winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Contest; Cinema Muto, winner of the…

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Lee Conell, Debbie Urbanski & Jerome Charyn

March 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Lee Conell is the author of The Party Upstairs, a novel (Penguin Press). She is also the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize Spotlight Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and an American Fiction Award. She received a 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt…

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April 2021

Sophie Klahr, Victoria Chang & Kimiko Hahn

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Sophie Klahr's poems can be found in Alaska Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Ploughshares, Poetry Ireland Review, Foglifter, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus (Voices on addiction feature), Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the author of Meet Me Here at Dawn and the chapbook _____ Versus recovery. Klahr is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary…

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Nicky Beer, Mary Peelen & Alexandra Teague

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game and The Diminishing House, both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Beer’s awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a fellowship and…

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Virginia Konchan, Heather Treseler, Alyse Knorr & Kate Partridge

April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKDT

Watch this event online at Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collections Any God Will Do and The End of Spectacle; a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift; and three chapbooks, Empire of Dirt, The New Alphabets, and Vox Populi. She is also the coeditor (with Sarah Giragosian) of Marbles on the Floor:  How to Assemble a Book of Poems. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New…

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May 2021

Panel: Julie Decker, Danielle Ofri, Ronald Spatz
Readers: Danusha Laméris, Manini Nayer

May 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm AKDT

Julie Decker is the Director/CEO of the Anchorage Museum in Alaska, which is a leading center for scholarship, engagement, and investigation of Alaska and the North. Decker’s career has been focused on the people and environment of Northern places and building projects and initiatives that are in service to local and global communities. Before becoming Director/CEO, Decker served as the Museum’s Chief Curator. She has curated and designed numerous exhibitions, taught classes, and authored and edited numerous publications on subjects…

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