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Writers invited to poetry reading


Writer Jeremy Pataky will read from his debut poetry collection “Overwinter” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the library.

Haines poets are welcome to attend and share their own poetry. The theme of the reading is “Isolated Landscapes, Migration, and/or Alaska.”

“Overwinter,” according to his website, “reconciles the natural quiet of wilderness with the clamor of built environments.”

“Pataky’s migration between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park inspires these poems that connect urban to rural. This duality permeates ‘Overwinter.’ Moments are at turns fevered or serene. The familial and romantic are measured against the wildness of the far north. Empty spaces bring both solace and loneliness in full, and fully imagined, places. Past loves haunt the present, surviving in the spaces sculpted by language.”

Pataky is vice president of 49 Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska. The organization offers workshops, fosters a community for writers and builds an audience for literature.

Pataky holds a master’s in fine arts from the University of Montana.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The reading begins at 7 p.m.


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