University of Alaska Press and Fireside Books (Palmer, Alaska) sponsored a reading and discussion of my book, Cabin 135, A Memoir of Alaska. Due to the pandemic, the March 19, 2021 event occurred as a Zoom Webinar with an audience scattered across the U.S. — east coast to west coast, Alaska and Hawaii.
University of Alaska Press has shared the recording of this event and I have posted it on my YouTube channel and my Facebook Writer page. The recording lasts one hour. After the introductions, I read from several sections of Cabin 135. The second half of the event comprised a discussion of Cabin 135 with Peggy Shumaker, UA Press, Alaska Series Editor, as well as addressing questions from the audience.
Matanuska River Overlook
Abandoning Chronology, was posted April 23, 2014 at 49 Writers. In this mini-essay, I explore some effects and possibilities of wind, both real and imagined.
My other blog posts at 49 Writers during April 2014:
1. Deleted Morsels
2. Digressive Travel
3. Common Life
The second and third installments of my April guest blogs have been posted at 49 Writers.
Digressive Travel (4/9/2014) includes musings on travel and metaphors, and will transport you (briefly!) to the MacKenzie River in the Canadian Arctic and the Matanuska River channel in south-central Alaska.
In Common Life (4/16/2014), I consider the question “what triggers ideas for writing?” and traipse across some of my writing terrain, from Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, lilac blooms, and picking tomatoes to moose and icy roads.
Of course, common life is what we notice and experience every day. Or is it?
My first post was Deleted Morsels (4/2/2014). The fourth and last of my guest posts will appear on the 49 Writers’ web site next week, on April 23rd.
Matanuska River [photo: katie eberhart]
During April 2014, I’m the guest blogger on 49 Writers
, an Alaskan web site focussed on writers and writing with links to Alaskan books and other writer-oriented resources.
My first of four weekly posts appeared April 2. Deleted Morsels begins:
“Lately, I’ve realized that my writing landscape is littered with pieces of essays and poems—relics cast aside and yet that I’m unwilling to totally abandon to the trash. Instead I think of these fragments as potentially useful, like the contents of a junk drawer—the screws and picture hooks, batteries, rubber bands, string and tape that might come in handy someday for connections or repairs, or to start a whole new project.
If I were writing a story about this landscape, the water would be the character. Perhaps I’d give the people bit parts, but it would be the water that you’d have to get to know. Big and slippery. Belligerent. . . .”
Please visit 49 Writers to read my entire post, Deleted Morsels.
Book Review of ‘Deep Landscape Turning’ by Ann Hutt Browning on Rattle.com:
“Even on a second—and third—reading of Deep Landscape Turning, I am sucked into Ann Hutt Browning’s vision, and can enjoy another romp through poems of youth and death, love and politics, travel, and a daughter chronicling her flawed father. . . . I see disintegrated family relations in the letter (a poem) from an English aunt . . . but then also a closeness between husband and wife. In “Soliloquy And Near-Soliloquy,” the husband speaks alone on the porch . . .” [read the entire review on Rattle.com]
More about the process of writing this review on my Nature & Literature blog.