Thursday, August 21, 2014

49 Writers celebrates ABW with a special Crosscurrents event

Don't miss the opportunity to hear what our panel of unique Alaskan voices has to say about this important topic! Join us for a stimulating conversation that includes audience Q&A. Our thanks go to the Anchorage Museum at Ramuson Center for hosting, and to Mark Weber of the Museum Bookstore for organizing the book sales. This event is free and open to the public.


Founder of Running Fox Books and co-founder of 49 Writers, Deb Vanasse has authored twelve books. Her latest is Cold Spell, a novel about a woman who’s obsessed with a glacier. Deb is currently working on a narrative nonfiction book called Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Last Great Race for Gold. She lives and works on Hiland Mountain outside of Anchorage, and at a cabin near the Matanuska Glacier.

Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation's Distinguished Artist for 2014. She has also been selected as the Artsmith Artist of the Year for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.

Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, wildlife photographer and author of Shopping for Porcupine and the national bestselling novel, Ordinary Wolves. His forthcoming children's book, Pup and Pokey, will be released in fall 2014. Kantner was born and raised in northern Alaska, schooled at home and living off the land, and later attended the University of Montana and received a BA in journalism. His writings and photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Alaska, Reader's Digest and other magazines and anthologies. He’s a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, the Arctic Sounder, and Bristol Bay Times. He lives with his wife and daughter in northwest Alaska.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She received a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award for her first poetry collection, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. Her second book, Hyperboreal, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She has received several fellowships and awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2012) and a Creative Vision Award from United States Artists (2013). She was the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence at the School for Advanced Research in 2014 and is faculty in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the Institute for American Indian Arts. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University's School of the Arts, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and sons.

Beth Hill grew up on the banks of the Kuskokwim river. Her art is inspired by the Alaskan wilderness that surrounds her. She is the illustrator of the children's book Pup and Pokey (author Seth Kantner). Beth is an artist, commercial fisherman and teacher. She lives in the village of Kokhanok located on Lake Iliamna.

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