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Poems in Place Deadline Extended

Poems in Place, a unique collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, and a steering committee of poets and writers and residents of Alaska, will place a poem written by an Alaskan writer in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park system in the coming years.

 Poems in Place is now accepting poems until April 30, both original work and nominated poems written by Alaskan writers and submitted by appreciative readers, for Independence Mine State Historical Park near Palmer and Lake Aleknagik State Recreation Site/Wood-Tikchik State Park near Dillingham. No submission fees. An honorarium will be paid to the winning poets.

Click here for the Poems in Place submission rules. Click here for Poems in Place submission form.

You can see photos of the five previous Poetry in Place installations here and here.


CLIA Awards

Deadline for nominations for the 2014 Contribution to Literacy in Alaska awards is April 30. More information and nomination form here.

The 2013 Contribution to Literacy in Alaska awards were presented on Tuesday, July 16, in Rasmuson Hall on UAA Campus. The Awards were presented during the 2013 Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series, a program of the Department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts at UAA.

Alaska's first Pulitzer Prize finalist, a village literacy advocate and a Fairbanks historian are recipients of the 2013 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska (CLIA) Awards.

Honorees were novelist Eowyn Ivey of Chickaloon, author of "The Snow Child"; Brevig Mission reading volunteer Polly Tocktoo; and Ron Inouye of Fairbanks, a historian and advocate for libraries. The CLIA Awards, now in their 21st year, are presented annually by the Alaska Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book. more...

Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation, is holding its 2014 statewide arts conference, Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence on May 1-3 in Anchorage. This conference will offer opportunities for artists and arts professionals from throughout Alaska to network, learn valuable skills, participate in artistic activities and think big about the future of the arts in Alaska. This convergence is for arts professionals, artists, arts educators, volunteers, board members, and cross-section leaders interested in how the arts can support Alaskans and their communities.

For more information, visit the conference web site at:

Annual Statewide Creative Writing Contest

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. Winning entries will be awarded cash prizes, announced in the Daily News and selected entries will be published in the Daily News and posted on LitSite Alaska ( The deadline was February 13. 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.


Next Alaska Center for the Book Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 2, 6:00 pm, Diplomacy Building, UAA Campus. Contact us for directions.


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