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CLIA Awards Announced

A well-known Alaskan writer, a bookstore owner, a team creating interactive children’s books in Cup’ik, and a program that preserves Alaska Native languages share the 2014 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) awards.

Honorees include former Alaska writer laureate Nancy Lord, of Homer; Palmer bookstore owner David Cheezem; and the Alaska Native Language Archive at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A newly-received literacy award is being presented to a partnership between the Kashunamiut School District of Chevak and the Association of Alaska School Boards, which produced an interactive reading program.

The CLIA Awards will be presented Tuesday, July 15 at the Arts Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. A dessert reception begins at 7:30 p.m., with a brief awards ceremony at 8 p.m. The event will be followed by a staged reading of Zack Rogow’s “Tangled Love: The Life and Work of Yosano Akiko,” part of the Northern Renaissance Arts and Sciences Reading Series of UAA’s summer low-residency MFA program. Rogow, an associate faculty member of the MFA program, is the author, editor or translator of 20 books and plays. Steven Hunt, director of the performance, is a director, playwright, and assistant professor of theater at UAA.

The CLIA awards are presented annually by the Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book. The awards go to people and institutions who have made a significant contribution in literacy, the literary arts, or the preservation of the written or spoken word in Alaska. Nearly 70 people and organizations statewide have been honored over the past 22 years.
For more information about this year's CLIA Award winners click here.

Winning Poems Chosen for Alaska's State Parks

The Poems in Place steering committee recently selected two winning entries from
a diverse outpouring of poems written by Alaskans, said Wendy Erd, the Poems in
Place project coordinator.

"On behalf of Alaska Center for the Book, Poems in Place would like to thank the
many people across the state that submitted /and or nominated poems for this
year's parks. It was moving to read the many ways in which people expressed their
connections to these places," Erd said. More...

Alaska Book Week Dates Announced

Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers announced that Alaska Book Week will take place October 4-11. This week-long celebration concludes with the Great Alaska Book Fair.

Alaska Book Week is an annual celebration that promotes Alaska's authors and books. Libraries, booksellers, educators, and schools statewide honor these authors and books with displays, author visits, book club events, press, and more. Communities throughout the state are encouraged to create their own unique events, and the organizers are happy to promote them on the Alaska Book Week website.

Creative Writing Contest Winners

The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Anchorage Daily News joined in partnership with the Alaska Center for the Book to once again present Alaska writers the opportunity to compete in this annual event. The Grand Prize winn was Hannah Gershel, of Eagle River High School for her story, "Still Life." The Editor's Choice award was given to Michaela Hack, a Homeschooled student from Ketchikan for her entry, "A Wolf in the Woods." Winning entries are  awarded cash prizes, announced in the Daily News and selected entries will be published in the Daily News and posted on LitSite Alaska ( For more information visit

Letters About Literature 2014

Information about the 2014 Letters About Literature contest is available on this website and on the Library of Congress Center for the Book site. The deadline for the 2014 contest was December 10, 2013 for grades 9-12 and the deadline for grades 4-8 was January 10, 2014.


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