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Poems in Place Dedications and Workshops Announced

The Poetry of Place: Saturday, August 30, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Independence Mine State Historical Park. Tom Sexton, Alaska's poet laureate from 1994 to 2000, the author of several collections of poetry, and the selected poet of this park's Poem-in-Place, will give a talk and host a discussion on The Poetry of Place. The talk is free and open to anyone age 18 or older. Refreshments and celebration to follow. Space is limited, please register in advance.

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Yup'ik Place Names and the Poetry of Place. Tim Troll and Molly Chythlook will share their knowledge of Yup'ik place names, the first naming of place. Join in a creative writing exercise with poet Wendy Erd. The workshop is free and open to the public. All are welcome. School House Inn, Lake Aleknagik, Saturday, September 6, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Join the celebration at the unveiling of the new Poem in Place at Lake Aleknagik State Park. Reading by selected poet Tim Troll followed by refreshments and celebration. Lake Aleknagik Landing, 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

To register or for more information, please email poemsinplace@gmail.com

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Poems in Place is supported by Alaska State Parks, Alaska Center for the Book, the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Humanities Forum, the Usibelli Foundation, Alaska Poetry League and numerous generous individuals.

Sue Sherif Literacy Award

This year, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program encouraged us to create a special award for literacy. We've chosen to name that award for someone special--a longtime Alaska Center for the Book board member, herself a former CLIA recipient, who is retiring from the state library system. She has dedicated her career to readers of all ages in all parts of the state. Her passion for libraries, books and readers are an inspiration to many people around Alaska.

The first recipients of the Sue Sherif Literacy Award are members of a team that created interactive children's books in Cup'ik. Joseph Gorski is director of technology and federal programs for the Kashunamiut School District in Chevak. Dr. Bob Wicker is director of the Consortium for Digital Learning of the Association of Alaska School Boards. They helped form a team which translated an interactive book series into the Chevak region's language. Finding books that are relevant, accessible and affordable to Alaska Native language speakers has been a longtime goal of the Alaska Center for the Book, and we're delighted that this program is so successful.

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 were presented Tuesday, July 15 at the Arts Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

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.

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 (LitSite.org). For more information visit adn.com/creativewritingcontest.

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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