WRITING AGAINST STEREOTYPES
Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry is a pathbreaking anthology that opens a window onto the diverse lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Alaskans. From quotidian urban outings to intimate encounters with breathtaking natural beauty, the collection shatters stereotypes to reveal a little seen side of the state. Editors Martha Amore and Lucian Childs along with anthology contributors will share their work and discuss the process of writing a different Alaska. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.
M.C. MoHagani Magnetek is a transgender African American anthropologist, writer, poet and artist. She draws inspiration from within to create stories and narratives about obscure aspects of life. Sometimes surreal noir and other times concrete realities she fashions her stories with a great deal of poetics. As a transgender woman living on the last great frontier of Alaska, she employs many of her experiences in her works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She is the author of 10 short stories, an anthologized story, a novella and a poetry collection. She is most known for her Ms. Mahogany Bones and thaMind Sol-Lady tales.
Teeka Ballas has worked as a freelance writer and editor, staffer and stringer for newspapers, international wire services, travel publications and radio. The co-founder of F Magazine, Ballas has worked tirelessly for seven years as editor and publisher of Alaska’s only volunteer-run, independent arts and culture publication. As of 2015, she has placed the magazine on hiatus while she focuses her attention on working with her partner, Dawnell Smith on a multimedia project that entails an art documentary, a dual memoir and an audio slideshow collectively titled, “Exhuming My Father.”
Dinner tickets are $30 per person and only available in advance of the event at Fireside Books. Purchase at the store, by calling 745-2665, or online.
Enjoy another great meal at Turkey Red, and meet the editors and some of the authors in this anthology of some of the bravest writing in Alaska.