May Literary Reading ft. Mary Kancewick & Monica Devine

Saturday, May 4, 7-8pm
in the Bear Gallery

Another month, another exciting Fairbanks Arts Literary Reading Series event! In May, we are delighted to welcome Mar Ka and Monica Devine for a reading in the Bear Gallery. Both writers will share from their newest publications – both of which are set in our beautiful state, which the two distinguished literary artists call their home. Mar Ka will read from Be-hooved, a layered spiritual memoir of her decades in the north, structured along the seasons, and framed by the migration of the Porcupine caribou herd. Monica Devine is the author of Water Mask, a collection of essays reflecting on family, place, culture, and memory set against the rugged contours of her home in Alaska.

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Mar Ka is the author of Be-hooved, a layered spiritual memoir of her decades in the north, structured along the seasons, and framed by the migration of the Porcupine caribou herd. As an indigenous rights attorney, she travelled to villages throughout Alaska’s largely wilderness state. She has been the recipient of an NEH grant, a New York State Summer Writers Institute Fellowship, and the Midnight Sun Poetry Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in national and international journals and anthologies, and on occasion been set to music. She is a long-time judge of poetry for the UAA/ADN Statewide Writing Contest and currently teaches seasonal poetry workshops at the Eagle River Nature Center. Mar Ka is of Lithuanian heritage.
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Monica Devine is the author of Water Mask, a collection of essays reflecting on family, place, culture, and memory set against the rugged contours of her home in Alaska. She is a Pushcart Prize nominees first-place winner of the Alaska State Poetry Contest, and her piece On The Edge of Ice won first place in creative nonfiction with New Letters journal. She has authored five children’s books, one of her titles a nominee for the celebrated Golden Kite award. Her writing and photographs have appeared in Stoneboat, Cirque, alaska Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Alaska Frontier Magazine, Spirit First and three anthologies. Her current area of study is figurative ceramics. View her website Image Sculpture Verse at monicadevine.com.