Reading and Craft Talk Series
Our Reading and Craft Talk series provides opportunities for published authors to address informal audiences on topics related to the craft of writing. Held on Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, at Great Harvest Bread Company 570 E. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, these free talks generally begin with a short reading followed by a 20-30 minute craft talk. The event concludes with a question and answer session and book signing. (Authors are responsible for providing their own books.)
A FINE CONTRIVANCE: HOW CAN A POEM BE A MACHINE?
Featuring Susanna Mishler
Thursday, October 16, 7pm
“A poem is a machine made of words,” William Carlos Williams famously wrote. What does this mean and what does it imply for poems, writers, and machines? As an electrician by trade, I spend my work days with things which are undisputedly machines. Writers have adopted language from the building trades for what we do – we go to “workshops,” we speak of ourselves as “wordsmiths,” we “craft” our lines. Is the writer a kind of machinist? I’ll explore this question using examples of my own work, and through the work of other contemporary critics, writers, artists.
Susanna J. Mishler’s collection of poems, Termination Dust, was published by Boreal Books/Red Hen Press this year. Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona in Tucson where she also served as a poetry editor of Sonora Review. She lives in Anchorage and earns her living as an electrician.
ON WRITING COMMERCIAL LITERARY-FICTION, OR LITERARY COMMERCIAL-FICTION?
Featuring Lee Goodman
Thursday, November 13, 7pm
A discussion and reading on the alchemy of combining character, plot and theme. Fiction writers constantly titrate these ingredients in search of the perfect formula. How do we decide what goes in, what comes out, and what we're hoping to cook up in the first place?
Lee Goodman's background is in science, law, and criminal justice. He studied fiction writing at Boston University, received his MFA from Bennington College, and has spent a semester as "writer in residence" at the Interlochen Academy for the Arts. Now he lives off the grid in the hills outside of Anchorage, commercial salmon fishing in the summer and writing the rest of the year.
"Lee Goodman's Indefensible is the very essence of what the crime thriller is all about. Complex and intelligent, fantastically well-plotted, stylishly written, and populated with real, flawed, beautifully rendered characters, Indefensible is most of all an intensely and immense human story of love, betrayal, friendship, duty, and family. Unputdownable, powerful, heart-wrenching, completely satisfying, Indefensible is as good as it gets." —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
49 Writers typically schedules three Reading & Craft Talks in fall and three in spring. We prefer to confirm presenters at least four weeks in advance but we are always open to additional opportunities as they present themselves. Click here to propose a Reading and Craft Talk.
FALL 2014 FEATURED AUTHORS
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FALL 2013 FEATURED AUTHORS
SPRING 2013 FEATURED AUTHORS
A big thank you to our hosts, Great Harvest Bread Company!