Hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this reading series brings a number of writers of national significance to Alaska for readings, lectures, and individual meetings with local aspiring writers.

September 28, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Rebecca Lindenberg

Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney’s) and The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series), winner of the 2015 Utah Book Award.  She’s the recipient of an Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Fellowship, an NEA Literature Grant, and a seven-month fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work appears in Poetry, The Believer, American Poetry Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor of the Cincinnati Review, and an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.


October 19, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: Anne Valente

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, 2014). Her second novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in May 2019. Her fiction appears in One Story, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer, Catapult and The Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives in upstate New York where she teaches creative writing and literature at Hamilton College.


October 26, 7:00-10:00 PM, The Blue Loon: the 27th annual Dead Writers reading

Dress as a dearly departed author. Deliver a brief reading, performance, or spectral channeling. (Spectators also welcome!) Prizes will be awarded to the best, brightest, or most daring. All ticket holders are eligible for door prizes throughout the evening. Proceeds fund the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Please note that you must be 21 years of age to attend this event.

Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door


October 27, 7:00PM, Murie Auditorium:  John Straley
(hosted by the University of Alaska Press)

The youngest of five children, John Straley was born in 1953. He received a BA in English and a certificate of completion in horse shoeing. He has brown eyes and likes jokes and a wide variety of literature and music. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of The Curious Eat Themselves and The Woman Who Married a Bear and was appointed the Writer Laureate of Alaska in 2006. John Straley lives with his wife, Jan, a prominent whale biologist, in a bright green house on the beach in Sitka, Alaska, where he works as a criminal defense investigator by day and sleeps, writes, and plays with his band, The Big Fat Babies, whenever he can.


November 16, 7:00 PM, Schaible Auditorium: LaTanya McQueen

LaTanya McQueen has been published in West Branch, Pleaides, New Ohio Review, The Arkansas International, The Florida Review, Bennington Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Fourteen Hills, The North American Review, Ninth Letter, New Orleans Review, Indiana Review, Booth, Fugue, Nimrod, War, Literature and the Arts, and other journals. She received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coe College. She is also the Creative Nonfiction Editor of Gigantic Sequins, a print journal of art and comics. Her essay collection, And It Begins Like This, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.