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.

Fairbanks Arts Literary Reading featuring John Morgan

Saturday, October 5, at 7pm

in the Bear Gallery 

Enjoy an evening of literary arts with an October reading for the Fairbanks Arts Literary Reading Series in the Bear Gallery!

24 (3)John Morgan studied with Robert Lowell at Harvard, where he won the Hatch Prize for Lyric Poetry. At the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he earned his M.F.A. and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. In 1976, he moved with his family to Fairbanks, to directed the creative writing program at the University of Alaska. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and many other journals, as well as in more than two dozen anthologies. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park.

Morgan’s newest book The Moving Out: Collected Early Poems brings together all the poems from his first three collections, each of which was chosen for publication in a national competition. The book ends with the moving sequence Spells and Auguries, which deals with his son Ben’s near-fatal coma due to encephalitis and the long-term consequences of that illness. Annie Dillard has written that Morgan’s poems “are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man.”



For questions, email or call (907) 456-6485 x224.


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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