Fairbanks Arts Association is the proud host
of the oldest Literary Reading in Alaska.
Readings are usually held in the Bear Gallery the first Saturday of the month.
John Kooistra and Linda Schandelmeier
July 8, 7pm
Bear Gallery (3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks
John Kooistra is a poet and essayist who has lived in Alaska since 1973 and Fairbanks since 1981. John will be reading poems and short prose pieces. He’s taught philosophy at the University of Alaska, Purdue University, the College of Wooster, fished commercially in Cook Inlet for thirty years, and worked at various times as a tradesman. He’s traveled a lot by thumb, car, motorcycle, and bicycle over the past fifty years, activities that have resulted in a lot of travel and journal writing. His poems are grounded in the world, in season and place, and go on from there to consider the timeless human nature we share. A book of travel recollections and ruminations is presently ready for publication.
Linda Schandelmeier will read from her finished manuscript about growing up on a homestead outside of Anchorage, Alaska. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation, which allowed her to work on the early drafts of this book. Linda has been Artist in Residence at Denali National Park, and her poems have been set to music and performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is the author of one other poetry collection, Listening Hard Among the Birches.