Poetry Parley

August 20, 2020

John Morgan, who in normal years divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington, will be the featured poet for Poetry Parley on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 7:00pm Alaska (8:00pm Pacific) on Zoom. Based in Anchorage, the monthly Poetry Parley includes readings by the featured poet and selections from a ‘poet of influence’ read by the featured poet and other readers. This month’s poet of influence is William Stafford.

There’s more about Morgan and Poetry Parley in this article in Anchorage Press.

To get the Zoom link or to sign up to read a William Stafford poem, send an email to poetryparley@gmail.com.

poetry by John Morgan

Mark your calendar: poet John Morgan will read from his latest works at Village Books next Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 7:00pm.

John Morgan’s two most recent books are River of Light, published last year by the University of Alaska Press, and Archives of the Air, just out from Salmon Poetry.

Morgan has put together a PowerPoint slide show to accompany the reading and illustrate some of the remarkable places in Alaska that have inspired his writing. These include Denali National Park, where he served as writer-in-residence, and the Copper River, where he took part in a week-long raft trip described in River of Light.

Born in New York City, John Morgan won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry at Harvard and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. He currently divides his time between Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington.

what would you do…

March 28, 2015

Willapa Bay AIR

What would you do with your time at a writer’s retreat? How would you spend a day, a week, a month or more? Start a fresh series of poems? Rework that big file of unfinished writing? Edit your collection into a book?

A retreat or residency gives you time away from the hubbub and pressures of your daily life. Residencies range in length, structure and amenities. Some are seasonal. There are many that are entirely funded and others that charge fees and offer scholarships. All have some sort of application process, which may be available for this year or next.

There are numerous writers’ residencies in the Cascadia region. Here are a few. Follow the links for more information:

Note: There may be a fine line between a writer’s retreat and a vacation rental. In fact, if you search the term writer’s retreat, most of the results will be lovely cabins and cottages available by the night or the week. Nothing wrong with that, but the terms residency or in-residence may get different results. Also note that the residencies listed here include writers when they refer to artist-in-residence programs. One further note: There are many multi-day writing workshops that may be called retreats; they are not included on this list, although some of the same facilities also host such workshops, which are definitely worth exploring.
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cranes at Creamer's FieldCreamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge comprises 2000 acres of fields, woods and wetlands in Fairbanks, Alaska. The farmhouse, barns and 12 of the acres are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Each August, the Tanana Valley Crane Festival celebrates the migration with three days of art, seminars, picnics, workshops, contests…and poetry! There’s at least one poetry workshop, plus there’s a poetry walk! The Crane Poetry Trail, along the Farm Road Trail, displays poems by local writers (it’s open year round). Poet (and 2013 Walk Award winner) Susan Chase-Foster says, “you can read poems as the sandhill cranes glide and gurgle overhead.”

This year’s festival is August 22-24, 2014. More from Friends of Creamer’s Field on Facebook and on the Creamer’s Field website.

On Poetry and Place

January 9, 2014

John Morgan and FairbanksIn its continuing focus on Vanishing Ice, the Whatcom Museum will host a Brown Bag talk by poet John Morgan at 12:30pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Old City Hall in Bellingham.

In Moving to Fairbanks: On Poetry and Place, John Morgan will explore the magical power that some places carry and how a writer can mine that precious load. Slides accompanying the talk include some of Alaska’s iconic scenery and illustrate the exceptional experiences that have influenced Morgan’s work.

Born in New York City, John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard, where he won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry. He earned his M.F.A., with distinction, at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Morgan has published five books of poetry, as well as four chapbooks and a collection of essays. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, The Paris Review, The New Republic and many other magazines, as well as in more than twenty anthologies. Several years ago, he was chosen to be the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. Annie Dillard has written that Morgan’s poems “are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man.”

$3 suggested donation/Free for Museum members

another poetry walk…

December 14, 2013

Haines - Poem of the Forgotten
Though you may want to postpone your visit until a warmer, lighter season, Poems in Place is the latest addition to our growing list of poetry walks.

Coordinated by the Alaska Center for the Book, Poems in Place “encourages Alaskans to see our place with new eyes” by placing poems “outside in Alaska’s state parks.” In the first year of this three-year project, two poems were permanently installed at Chena River State Recreational Area, north of Fairbanks, and another two at Totem Bight State Historical Park, in Ketchikan. A new call for poems goes out to Alaska writers after the first of the year.

Find out more about Poems in Place, find links to the poems and photos or donate at Alaska Center for the Book.

Poetry reading and workshop

September 10, 2013

The Poet As Art - Kane and Habecker

On Friday, September 20, 2013, 7pm, The Poet As Art presents the first in a series of collaborations with the Whatcom Museum: a poetry reading by award-winning poets Joan Kane and Kelsea Habecker, who will read their poetry as the final event of the Museum’s Nature in the Balance exhibit (which closes on September 22). The reading will be held in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall. Suggested donation: $5.

On Saturday, September 21, 10am-3pm, Joan Kane will offer a poetry workshop — Ecopoetics: Situating the Native in America — exploring the relationship between human activity and the environment and encouraging participants to think and write about the “local” voice in the context of science, poetics and critical approaches. Joan Kane says, “I make poetry with a focus on dense sonics, unconventional syntax, and evocative images while engaging the questions of audience, adaption and resilience. My work originates with my lineage, but refers outwards.” $55 workshop fee; preregistration required. The workshop will be held at Egress Studio in Bellingham. To register, make checks out to “Whatcom Poetry Series” and mail to 5581 Noon Road, Bellingham, WA 98226.

“Poet. Writer. Imaginer. Lover of ice and snow,” Kelsea Habecker received her M.F.A. from Bennington College Writing Seminars. Her book, Hollow Out, was chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic for the Many Voices Project of emerging writers and published by New Rivers Press in 2008. For five years, she was a teacher in an Inupiaq Eskimo village in the arctic region of Alaska, where she used writing as a form of self-awareness for high school students. She teaches graduate writing courses as well as community poetry classes in Seattle.

Joan Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. Kane’s awards include a 2007 individual artist award from the Rasmuson Foundation, a 2009 Connie Boochever Fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, a National Native Creative Development Program grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Award for her first book, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. She received the 2012 Donald Hall Prize for her second book, Hyperboreal, which is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of the 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, the 2013 Creative Vision Award from United States Artists, a 2013 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship and will be the 2014 Indigenous Writer in Residence at the School for Advanced Research and faculty for the M.F.A. program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Along with her husband and sons, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Poet As Art is a program of Whatcom Poetry Series, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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