Tomorrow is the big day. The three and a half years that Martha and I have been working on "Building Fires in the Snow" will culminate at the Lambda Literary Award ceremony tomorrow night. We'll be walking the red carpet and rubbing elbows with the famous and infamous. Needless to say, I have a bit of pre-event jitters.
We are pleased to announce that Building Fires in the Snow is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award!!
I logged 20 miles over 4 days on my fitness tracker at AWP 2017! The experience was exhausting, but exhilarating. I came away with a renewed determination to create stories and a love for the community of writers.
With 12,000 attendees, 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures, there’s a lot to see and do. Martha and Lucian will be in Washington, D.C. throughout the conference representing Building Fires in the Snow.
Building Fires in the Snow is diverse in many ways. You’ll find in our book a wide spectrum of LGBTQ writers, as well as a couple of straight allies.
There are stories and poems from rural and small town Alaska, as well as its urban hubs. You’ll find a great range of our author’s ages—from people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. There are Asian-American, African-American, and Latino writers, and even a woman of Saami heritage, the Native Arctic people of Scandinavia. We have far more women than men, a welcome change from most literary anthologies. And our authors come from many walks of life: a naturalist, a commercial fisherman, a librarian, a goat-herder, a sheep-herder, an electrician, several professors, a graphic artist, an anthropologist, and the list goes on.
Our book is the first attempt to collect the stories of LGBTQ Alaskans, which might create an expectation for it to represent all the varieties of queer experience in the state. This is an impossible task for any single volume to attain, and all the more daunting here, given the relatively small pool of LGBTQ and ally Alaska writers. We hope our book will serve as an inspiration to other Alaskans who will create future collections that feature an even wider range of languages, locations, ages and ethnicities.
The event was a first for Seward, jointly organized by Cirque Journal's Anchorage-based editor, Sandy Klevin and Dan Walker, the ringleader of Seward's writing group. Their idea was to introduce Seward writers to Cirque, and introduce Cirque authors to the Seward writing scene.
Building Fires in the Snow contributor Laura Carpenter reflects on the 2016 election and gives voice to the pain many of us share.
Martha and Lucian hit the road for the book tour and find the writing life is more than stringing words together.
The Alaskan book tour continues as Building Fires in the Snow garners positive reviews and ratings.