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Vivian Faith Prescott Presentation in Honor of Poetry Out Loud Competition

by Amy Carney on 2018-02-27T15:46:30-09:00 in Events, Archives, Museums, Libraries | Comments

JUNEAU – On Monday, March 5, 2018, join us in the APK lecture hall at 395 Whittier Street for a free reading and talk sponsored by 49 Writers and the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. Vivian Faith Prescott will present “Texture and Mixtures: Layering & Combing in Writing” at 7 p.m.  She will discuss how Sámi storytellers often tell several stories simultaneously. Prescott will consider literary hybrid textures and layering and how writers mix elements. She’ll share examples drawn from contemporary literature, including her own work. The presentation is in honor of the Poetry Out Loud State Competition in Juneau.

Prescott was born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska and lives at her fish camp in Wrangell. Vivian is Sami-American, Irish, Norwegian, and other heritages. Her children are Raven of the T’akdeintaan clan/Snail House and she was adopted into that same clan. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, an MA in Cross Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and a PhD in Cross Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, The Hide of My Tongue, four poetry chapbooks, plus a linked story collection, The Dead Go to Seattle. Her awards and fellowships include the Alaska Literary Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship, the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence, a research fellowship from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Cortland Auser Award from the American Association of Ethnic Studies.

49 Writers, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council are celebrating the statewide Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition on March 6 in Juneau. Twelve finalists will compete this year, having progressed in competitions at the classroom, school, and regional levels across Alaska. 


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