Literary Arts

Monthly readings usually occur the first Saturday of the month. Our Literary Arts programming also includes the Annual Statewide Poetry Contest, writing workshops, and the outdoors event Poetry at the Dredge in the spring. We offer the Community Writers critique group, so local writers can help each other hone their craft. Fairbanks Arts members receive discounts on workshop fees.

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.

These events are free and open to the public.

Literary Reading Series & Artist Talk:

 Landfalls – Dedications to Alaskan Women Writers & Storytellers

Saturday, June 8, 7pm
in the Bear Gallery

As part of her exhibition in the Bear Gallery showing works inspired by Alaskan women writers, artist Katie Ione Craney invited the creators of the literature that inspired her to a reading and an artist talk. 

Katie Ione Craney arrived in Southeast Alaska to work for Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and now lives with her husband in Haines, where they are nearly finished building their home designed to run fully on alternative energy. Her work reflects on what it means to rely on the land for survival and has been featured and published internationally, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Join Fairbanks Arts for this night of visual and literary exploration and listen to Krista Christianson, Christine Byl, Laureli Ivanoff share from their works.

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Laureli Ivanoff is a fish cutter, seal oil maker and columnist in her hometown of Unalakleet, a community at the heart of the Norton Sound. Laureli writes about life and living in rural Alaska. 


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Christine By
l is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Willa Award in nonfiction. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Sun, Crazyhorse and Brevity, among other journals and anthologies. She has made her living as a professional trailbuilder for the past 23 years. She lives in Interior Alaska with her family and spends as much time as possible exploring wild places by foot, bike, skis, boat and dogs.



Krista Christensen was a Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence for Winter 2018 and an Alaska State Parks Artist-in-Residence for 2019. Her essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and named Notable in Best American Essays. Her work has appeared New Ohio Review, Harpur Palate, Blue Earth Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and more. She received an MFA a few years back, and calls Interior Alaska home for now, where she teaches high school and college English.

Katie Ione Craney is supported, in part, by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by Alaska Women Speak and 49 Writers

For more information on this event, email or call (907) 456 – 6485 ext. 224. 


Donor Logos for WebsiteFairbanks Arts programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions, the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough and Alaska State Council on the Arts.


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