Manzanita Writers' Series Presents

Authors in Conversation:  Carrie Ojanen & Deb Vanasse
Saturday, September 21, 7 p.m.
Admission $7

What comes to mind when you think about Alaska? Perhaps the Klondike Gold Rush of yesteryear or the ongoing Iditarod Race. While familiar, they offer a predominantly male-centric narrative. Join author Deb Vanasse and poet Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen as they share perspectives from the 49th state on indigenous women decolonizing the myth of the frontier. They will share readings from their latest works and discuss how indigenous women and men in Alaska seek to retain their traditions and way of life amid pressure from economic forces, both historically and today.

Carrie Ayagaduk Ojanen is a member of the King Island Native Community, Ugiuvamiut tribe and a Peripheral Poets fellow. She received her MFA from the University of Montana. Her first collection of poetry, “Roughly for the North,” was published by University of Alaska Press. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Louisville Review, AS/US Journal, and Yellow Medicine Review.

Roughly for the North
“A tender and complex portrait of an Arctic and sub-arctic world. Full of lush language and imagery, each poem is an act of devotion and love to one’s family and land” – BiblioVault

After 36 years in remote Alaska – an isolating but evocative experience that inspires much of her work – Deb Vanasse now lives on Oregon’s north coast. The author of seventeen books, she earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops. She is also co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center and founder of the author collective Running Fox Books.

Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Race for Klondike Gold
“After dozens of books on the man-dominated, scoundrel-infested side of the Klondike Gold Rush, a fresh, new take on an epic historical event” ~ Kim Heacox, author of “Jimmy Bluefeather and The Only Kayak.”