UAA presents faculty authors David Stevenson, Judith Barrington and Jo-Ann Mapson

2010-07-22 by News, Sports, and Art

This reading is sponsored by the Northern Renaissance Arts and Science Reading series and the UAA department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts.

David Stevenson 3:25
Judith Barrington 23:07
Jo-Ann Mapson 53:17

David Stevenson is the director of the Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department and the Low-Residency MFA Program at UAA. He has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years at the University of Utah, University of California Davis, and at Western Illinois University where he was full professor and director of the Graduate Program in English. Recently he contributed to Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska (University of Alaska Press); Alpinist; and Cimarron Review. David recently finished a novel: Forty Crows, is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Judith Barrington is a memoirist and a poet. Her Lifesaving:A Memoir won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her best-selling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art is enormously popular with writing groups, university programs, and individual memoirists. Last year, her most recent poetry collection, Horses and the Human Soul was selected by the Oregon State Library for “150 Books for the Sesquicentennial” (from among books by Oregon writers, 1836 – 2009). Lost Lands, a poetry chapbook recently won the Robin Becker Chapbook Award.

Jo-Ann Mapson grew up in Southern California, attended Johnston College at the University of Redlands, and received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing at California State University Long Beach with honors in Creative Writing. In 1992, she received her MFA in Writing at Vermont College in Montpelier where she completed thesis projects in both poetry and fiction.

This podcast was recorded on July 20, 2010.



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Nonfiction writer Sherry Simpson reads from her work

2010-07-21 by

In this podcast, Alaska writer Sherry Simpson reads from her work. She is currently writing about people and bears for publication by the University Press of Kansas.

She has authored two collections of essays, ‘The Way Winter Comes’ and ‘The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska.’ Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the winner of the inaugural Chinook Prize and the Andres Berger award for nonfiction. She is a core faculty member in literary nonfiction in UAA’s Low Residency MFA program.

This reading is a part of the Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series 2010, sponsored by the Dept. of Creative Writing and Literary Arts at UAA. This podcast was recorded on July 19, 2010 in Fine Arts 150 on the UAA campus.



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Poet Anne Caston and fiction writer Richard Chiappone read from their work

2010-07-21 by

Anne Caston 9 min 10 sec
Richard Chiappone 29 min 15 sec

Anne Caston is core faculty in poetry in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and divides her time between Alaska and Central Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband. Her first book, ‘Flying Out With The Wounded,’ won the 1996 New York University Press Prize in Poetry. Her second collection, ‘Judah’s Lion,’ is now in its second edition from Toad Hall Press (2009). She is currently at work on her third book of poems and a memoir.

Richard Chiappone received an MFA in creative writing at UAA in 1994. He has published dozens of stories and essays in both commercial and literary magazines including Playboy, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Alaska Magazine, Missouri Review, Crescent Review Sou’wester, New Virginia Review, ZYZZYVA and others. His collection of short stories, “Water of an Undetermined Depth,” was publish in 2003.

Chiappone lives in Anchor Point where he writes a newspaper column, teaches creative writing and serves on the faculty of the Cachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. He is an associate faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA Program at UAA.

This reading was recorded on July 19, 2010 in Fine Arts 150 at UAA.



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Alaska Writer Laureate, Nancy Lord, and novelist and writer Valerie Miner present selections from their work

2010-07-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Nancy Lord, Alaska’s current Writer Laureate, holds a liberal arts degree from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College.  In addition to being an independent writer based in Homer, she fished commercially for many years and has, more recently, worked as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships.

Associate faculty member, Valerie Miner, is the award-winning author of thirteen books.  Her latest novel is After Eden.  Other novels include Range of Light, A Walking Fire, Winter’s Edge, Blood Sisters, All Good Women, Movement: A Novel in Stories, and Murder in the English Department.  Her short fiction books include Abundant Light, The Night Singers and Trespassing. Her collection of essays is Rumors from the Cauldron: Selected Essays, Reviews and Reportage. In 2002, The Low Road: A Scottish Family Memoir was a Finalist for the PEN USA Creative Non-Fiction Award.  Abundant Light was a 2005 Fiction Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards.

The Northern Renaissance Arts and Science Reading series is sponsored by the UAA department of Creative Writing and Literary Arts.

6:21 Nancy Lord, 36:56 Valerie Miner

This podcast was recorded on July 18, 2010.



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10-minute excerpt from playwright Zack Rogow's work, "Things I Didn't Know I Loved: The Life and Work of Nazim Hikmet"

2010-07-19 by

This is a short excerpt from a theatrical reading of ‘Things I Didn’t Know I Loved’ by Zack Rogow, directed by Dawson Moore, Coordinator of the Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference.

Rogow is the author, editor or translator of 18 books and plays. His play ‘La Vie en Noir: The Art and Life of Leopold Sedar Senghor’ was performed by the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco in 2007. The Aurora Theatre in Berkeley staged his translation of Marcel Pagnol’s ‘Marius’ and also a reading of his own play ‘Tattoos and Gingerbread.’ He teaches in the low-residence MFA program at UAA.

The part of the poet Nazim Hikmet is read by Anchorage actor Mark Robokoff. Actors reading other parts include Ryun Buen, Rebecca Gamache and Luke Bartholomew.

This reading was recorded on July 17, 2010 in Rasmuson Hall 101 at UAA as a part of the Northern Renaissance Arts & Sciences Reading Series, 2010. The series is sponsored by the Creative Writing and Literary Arts Dept. at UAA.



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