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Karissa Sleppy, a BA English/Creative Writing student won a URECA award and is using the funding to attend the AWP (Associated Writers & Writing Programs) conference in March in Denver.  This is the largest creative writing conference held annual in the US; last year 10,000 writers, professors, editors, agents, and other writer folks attended.  Karissa wrote an excellent proposal outlining the workshops she would attend and how it would advance her work as a writer.  After the conference she plans to put together a packet of poems and submit them to presses, based on her research at the conference.  She also plans to write up a short paper to share with fellow creative writing students. Karissa was also the fall intern for Tidal Echoes and is graduating this May.

Emily Wall’s second published book of poetry, Liveaboard, received a wonderful review in Cirque, A Literary Journal for the Pacific Rim. Reviewer Rosalie Loewen writes, “Wall has the wonderful gift of taking something ordinary and holding it up so that it catches the light and is transformed. She can write a single phrase with everyday vocabulary, cut the lines in just the right place, and it becomes a poem on the page.”  Read the full review on page 104 of the cirquejournal. Wall is an assistant professor of English who teaches creative writing classes from the Juneau Campus.


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