Poems wanted for Poetry OmniBus Competition

The ninth annual Poetry Omnibus program is now accepting entries from Juneau residents for the 2015 competition. Winning poems will be read at a to-be-announced celebration and then displayed on Capital Transit buses for a full year. The deadline for submissions is October 15. There are two age categories: fifth through twelfth grades and adults […]

Poems in Place event

Hey folks, I’m co-hosting a poetry event next Tuesday to help drum up interest during this year’s call for submissions. Checkout out the Poems in Place Project and I hope you’ll join Emily and I for a night of poetry. Poems in Place February 24, 2015 – 06:30 A Conversation Between Alaskan Landscapes and Poetry […]

Jimmy Riordan: Juneau Salon 12/12

I’m excited to announce another unique opportunity for the Juneau writing/arts community. A mutual friend Jeremy Pataky (who has a wonderful new poetry collection, Overwinter out on UA Press ) sent Jimmy Riordan my way and I’m so glad he did. If you: follow my blog, are in Juneau, and are interested in attending, leave […]


Found this found poem at twitter where i rarely roam as the shack_poet. Thanks Emily Wall for the prompt. knife found in muskeg, peat, rust browned blade fashions paper lantern into wings my departure under their power requires no jumper cables

Light like Coal

So a friend of mine posted these very cool literal translations he learned the other day and I couldn’t help but work them into a poem. “Tlingit meanings my elder friend Marie taught me yesterday (the two words are the same in Tlingit). A language rooted in this place: black=coal blue=bluejay red=fire green=jade orange=alder white=snow” […]

Alternative Energy Alaskan Style

OK, so this post doesn’t fall into the poetry, blood, or shack category but I wanted to share two articles in AK papers I came across lately that got me excited about the new thinking that is going into alternative fuels. ¬†What excites me is the whole ‘post-apocalypse’ ¬†aspect of it all, I mean living […]

49 Writers Meeting

Following Deb Vanasse’s characters workshop at the Juneau Public Library on Saturday Nov. 20th, there will be an informal meeting at the Silverbow Backroom/Bakery at 2pm. This meeting will serve as an introduction to the 49 Writers organization and to the 49 Alaska Writing Center. Open to all, please rsvp to 49writers_at_gmail_dot_com