Jun
12
to Jun 13

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Ceremony

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Join Building Fires in the Snow editors and contributors at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Ceremony in New York City. We're finalist in the LGBTQ Anthology category. Join us and wish us luck.

Honoring Jacqueline Woodson with the Visionary Award and Jeanette Winterson with the Trustee Award with special introductions by Cynthia Nixon & AM Homes

The Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”) identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. The Lammys, which receive national and international media attention, bring together 600 attendees—including nominees, celebrities, sponsors, and publishing executives—to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. It is the most prestigious and glamorous LGBTQ literary event in the world. | MORE |

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Feb
11
12:00 PM12:00

AWP PANEL

Gender and Genre: How do our prejudices affect our preferences?

LOCATION:
MARQUIS SALON 9 & 10  |  MARRIOTT MARQUIS
  |  MEETING LEVEL TWO

Do gender stereotypes influence literary tastes? Does a love poem from a male-identified poet seem more tender because it defies common gender assumptions? Does a critique from a female-identified writer feel more barbed for the same reason? What about writers whose identities or work blur society’s imposed gender distinctions?

Join Kevin Clark, S.J. Sindu, Viannah Duncan, Jill McCabe Johnson and Martha Amore as we explore whether we value writing more or less because of the perceived gender of the author, including how that may affect publishing decisions.

As VIDA counts and ongoing gender discussions bring awareness to disparities in publishing across the spectrum of gender identity, this panel seeks to understand how commonly held gender-based assumptions may influence our perceptions of the relative merits of writing. We intend to explore the question of whether works that surprise us by contradicting our gender-related expectations receive more or less attention based on our prejudices.

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Nov
9
1:30 PM13:30

POWER & PRIVILEGE SYMPOSIUM

Stand Up & Publish: How Anthologies Empower Communities by Weaving Literature with Politics

LOCATION: LECTURE HALL

Ours is a time of great change in the United States and Alaska regarding civil rights. The stories and poems in Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaskan LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry offer a window into the diverse lives of the state’s dynamic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning people.

In this session, editor Martha Amore explores the costs and benefits of creating anthologies as a way of empowering communities. She will tackle such questions as: Are there drawbacks to representational anthologies? How does literature affect politics and politics, literature? What are the challenges to publishing minority voices in the current literary market?

The 1st Annual UAS Power & Privilege Symposium is a one day conference-style teach-in designed to give members of the UAS & Southeast Alaska communities an opportunity to come together and engage in difficult, thoughtful, and honest conversation about the ways social hierarchies and identities manifest themselves in our communities. Discussions include those about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, class, and their intersectionalities.

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Oct
28
11:30 AM11:30

LAVENDER LUNCH

Reading and Q&A

LOCATION: GORSUCH COMMONS

Editor Martha Amore will read from work in the anthology. Afterward, there will be a Q & A.

Lavender Lunch is an event hosted by SafeZone:
UAA's SafeZone is a campus-wide program designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding and awareness of issues faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, allies (GLBTQA+) and other marginalized persons. We offer a visible message of inclusion, support, and advocacy through 2-hour Ally trainings, taking participants through a variety of activities aimed at expanding horizons and cultivating thoughts. Ally trainingshelp participants examine their thoughts and views while prepping them to become better allies for the GLBTQA+ community.

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

PANEL DISCUSSION, READING & BOOK SIGNING

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A 49 WRITERS Crosscurrents event

Tales of the City: Writing from Alaska’s Urban Hubs

Modern Alaska life exists in the dichotomy between what some call the Great Land—majestic lands teeming with wildlife—and the goings-on of our mostly urban people. How does this dichotomy affect urban Alaskans and the stories they tell?

Join editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, along with contributor Indra Arriaga in a discussion moderated by Heather Brook Adams.

Building Fires in the Snow is a pathbreaking anthology that opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans. 

A question and answer session and book signing will follow. 

Free for 49 Writers members | $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Memberships available on site.

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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

MEET & GREET

Join editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, contributor Indra Arriaga, moderator Heather Brook Adams, and others for an informal gathering in the bar at MUSE Restaurant in the Anchorage Museum.

We'd love to get your reactions to our book and answer any of your questions.

No host bar.

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Oct
7
5:30 PM17:30

PRESENTATION, READING & BOOK SIGNING

Tales of the City: Writing from Alaska’s Urban Hubs

Modern Alaska life exists in the dichotomy between what some call the Great Land—majestic lands teeming with wildlife—and the goings-on of our mostly urban people. How does this dichotomy affect urban Alaskans and the stories they tell?

Join Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, editors of Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry, along with featured anthology contributors, as they explore these topics and read from work in the anthology. Building Fires in the Snow is a pathbreaking anthology that opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans.

A Question and Answer session and book signing will follow. 

FREE

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Oct
1
4:00 PM16:00

PANEL DISCUSSION, READING & BOOK SIGNING

A community tells its story

Join editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, along with contributors Shelby Wilson and Laura Carpenter, in this kick-off event for Alaska Book Week moderated by Libby Roderick. Participants will share their work and discuss the process of writing about the Alaska LGBTQ community.

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking book featuring work from some of Alaska’s finest writers. How does the anthology reveal different aspects of the Alaska LGBTQ community? How can collaborative projects such as Building Fires in the Snow or Arctic Entries open windows onto little-seen aspects of our state? Can literature empower a community or does it stand outside political and social movements? 

A Question and Answer session and book signing will follow. 

FREE

Presented by Alaska Center for the Book

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Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

BOOK SIGNING

Anthology contributors will sign books and answer questions about the collection.

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking book featuring work from some of Alaska’s finest writers. While collecting for the first time Alaska-themed LGBTQ short fiction and poetry, for the most part the work relates to concerns all Alaskans share.

FREE

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Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

READING & BOOK SIGNING

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking book, the first to anthologize stories and poems from this perspective. The collection explores the deep connection between LGBTQ Alaskans, the urban context and the wilderness that surrounds them both. Editor Martha Amore, along with contributors Teresa Sundmark, Dawnell Smith and Teeka Ballas, will give a short reading.

A Question and Answer session and book signing will follow. 

FREE

Presented with Friends of the Homer Library.

 

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Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

PRESENTATION, READING & BOOK SIGNING

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A Community Tells Its Story

Join editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, along with contributors Susanna Mishler, Shelby MahoganyEvolving Wilson, and Mei Mei Evans, as they share their work and discuss the process of writing about the Alaska LGBTQ community.

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking book featuring work from some of Alaska’s finest writers. How does the anthology reveal different aspects of the Alaska LGBTQ community? How can collaborative projects such as Building Fires in the Snow or Arctic Entries open windows onto little-seen aspects of our state? Can literature empower a community or does it stand outside political and social movements?

A Question and Answer session and book signing will follow. 

FREE

 

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

DINNER, PANEL DISCUSSION, READING & BOOK SIGNING

Writing Against Stereotypes: Dinner and Artist Talk

Join editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, along with contributor Teeka Ballas, for dinner at Turkey Red. They will share their work and discuss the process of writing a different Alaska.

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking anthology that opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans. From quotidian urban outings to intimate encounters with breathtaking natural beauty, the collection shatters stereotypes to reveal a little seen side of the state. 

A Question and Answer session and book signing will follow. 

Dinner tickets are $30 per person and only available in advance of the event at Fireside Books. Purchase at the store, by calling 745-2665 or online.

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Sep
17
4:00 PM16:00

READING & BOOK SIGNING

Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking book featuring work from some of Alaska’s finest writers.

While collecting for the first time Alaska-themed LGBTQ short fiction and poetry, for the most part the work relates to concerns all Alaskans share. Editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs, along with contributor Teeka Ballas, will sign books and give a short reading.

FREE

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Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

Alaska PrideFest 2016

DELANEY PARKSTRIP

Join us on the parkstrip where editor Martha Amore will be sharing a table with The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe

You'll be able to look at a sample of the anthology and pre-order the book. This is Alaska Pride at its most spectacular! Check out more than 100 vendors, the Humpy’s beer garden (bring cash!), two stages of entertainment, tons of food and prize drawings at 3 p.m! Experience tolerance and inclusivity on the grandest of scales at the Delaney Park Strip!

All ages
FREE

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