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With guidance from the ASCA appointed literary
arts committee, staff works to provide increased visibility, public appreciation
and opportunities for literary artists in Alaska.
The program currently provides funds to individuals through the career
opportunity grant category. Non-profit organizations apply for project
grants, workshop grants and operating support grants to sponsor projects
ranging from readings to workshops.
The literary arts committee is developing a plan of action
that will guide the development of a stronger literary arts program
We have included
to many organizations that are devoted to poetry and other literary art
forms. These are just a few of the opportunities - pick up a pen, pick
up a book, go to a reading or browse the internet and have a great time
Alaska State Writer Laureate
The Juneau Poetry Society created the Poet Laureate Program in the early
1960s. In 1963, under House Resolution 25, the position of Poet Laureate
was officially confirmed by the Legislature. In 1987 AKSCA's Literary
Advisory Committee began to oversee the selection process with the
of past poet laureates. In 1996, the Council acted to broaden the position
to that of State Writer, recognizing and honoring all genres of writing.
The State Writer position is a two-year appointment.
State Writers Laureate
2010 - Peggy Shumaker
2008 - Nancy Lord
2006 - John Straley
2004 - Jerah Chadwick
2002 - Anne Hanley
2000 - Richard Nelson
1995 - Tom Sexton
1988 - Joanne Townsend
1981 - Richard Dauenhauer
1977 - Sheila Nickerson
1973 - Ruben Gaines
1969 - John Haines
1965 - Oliver Everette
1963 - Margaret Mielke
The Alaska State Writer Laureate is an honorary appointment with a two-year term commitment.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts facilitates the selection of
an Alaskan Writer who has demonstrated exemplary professionalism,
literary excellence and a commitment to the advancement
of literary arts in Alaskan Communities.
- Literary Excellence – Mastery in style, form, and genre.
- Exemplary Professionalism – Exceptional Talent in Published Works
- Advancement of Literary Arts in Alaskan Communities – In Service to Alaskan Communities
State Writer Laureate nomination forms and deadlines are available here
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