Sadly, I never had the opportunity to meet Misko (a prolific Anchorage author and co-founder of the Alaska Writers Guild, for which I am currently an officer), but I feel like I have been provided with unique insight into his life as an Alaskan author and bibliophile through his diverse collection.
People say "necessity is the mother of invention," but did I need to create a new poetic form?Maybe. In any case, I'd like to share with you a form I came up with called the "Jubilee."
Whether you've been forced to cancel an in-person signing as a result of stay-at-home orders and bookstore closures during a pandemic, OR you simply want to try something new and reach audiences in a new way, the virtual book launch can be a fun and gratifying way to promote your work.
Starting August 1st, I'll be starting my 30-day journey with Tupelo Press as part of the ongoing fundraiser to keep them in the business of publishing great poetry.
If you consider yourself a writer (or even if you don't, but you've ever had to write something for someone other than yourself), you've probably experienced writer's block, and read about ways to combat it. Still, I figure it's always beneficial to hear good advice more than once (especially if you're hard-headed like me).
"You know we need change when people are afraid to come out here."
If we think only about what we get out of something, be it a Hollywood movie or a national holiday, we don't really deserve it. If we don't know or comprehend the significance of the history behind such things, we have failed our fellow Americans.
During peacetime, it’s easy to convince ourselves that things like censorship and mass plagues are restricted to the history books and far-off, dystopian futures. However, as we all have observed in recent months, these things have become an all-too-present reality.
What Connie Wanek does best in her third book, On Speaking Terms, is relate to her audience.