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Homer Reading

An Evening of Stories Where the Road Meets the Sea

AWS Presents:
Women Writers Where the Road Meets the Sea

When: Friday, April 28th, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Place: The Homer Bookstore

Mix and mingle with fellow writers, listeners and readers following the reading. Thank you to our friends at The Homer Bookstore and our readers for making this event possible.

Featured Readers
Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame inductee Daisy Lee Bitter was nicknamed “The Field Tripper” during her 3 decades as an educator in Anchorage. Daisy Lee worked as a science and TV teacher, the Alaska Native programs director, and a school principal. Using her experience, she designed national award-winning educational programs here in Homer.

Janet Klein has explored Kachemak Bay for the past 39 years and since retirement, continues to do so. She’s written non-fiction about the region’s cultural and natural history and is now taking classes and venturing into fiction and poetry. Janet will read “The Illusionist” and “Reimagining a Landscape,” both published in Alaska Women Speak.

Milli Martin was born and raised in Los Angeles.  She toured Europe in 1965 and came to Alaska in ‘66. Milli married an Air Force man and is the mother of two grown sons. Her family lived in Texas and Germany before settling in Homer in 1980. They “pioneered it,” working to build a home on their Skyline Drive lot. In addition to serving local organizations, Milli served 6 years on the Borough School Board and 9 on the Borough Assembly. She loves to write, belongs to a writers’ group, and is working on a memoir.  She received the Friends of the Homer Public Library Learner of the Year award this month.

Promised a job in 1981, Brenda Dolma drove solo from Texas to Alaska in her 1976 Buick. Brenda is now a retired educator who occasionally slows down enough to write more than journal entries. Most recently, she was motivated by the Homer Public Library Big Read and composed a one-act play called Home Sweet Home (R).

Kat Anderson creates her art in the communities of Homer, Alaska; Ajo, Arizona; and Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. While her primary focus is poetry, murals, and one of a kind jewelry, she is also the lead organizing force behind Ajo Street Art Happening.

Homer resident Marianne Schlegelmilch has written 10 books published by Publication Consultants of Anchorage and is best known for the Feather Series Alaska-themed mysteries. She created the popular, former Heart of the Alaska Nurse, a column for the Alaska Nurses Association, and is currently working in her preferred genre of fiction, writing a sixth novel.

AWS Contact: Sherry Pederson at


Spring 2017 Available Now

Alaska_Women_Speak_Spring_17_CoverThe Road Not Taken | Spring 2017 Roll Call:
Katie Craney (Cover) • Charity Hommel • J.L. Smith • Deborah Poore • Dr. Carol Lee Birrell • Sherry Pederson • Wendy Brooker • AlasKat/Kat Anderson • Tania Rowe • Kathy Sievert • Tess Vandiver • Nan Potts • Margo Waring • Ray Ball • Diane DeSloover • Kimberly Watson • Vivian Faith Prescott • Barbara Johnson • Daisy Lee Bitter • Patricia Watts • Erica Watson • Megan Zlatos • Gabrielle Raffuse

Find your copy at Barnes & Noble and Independent Booksellers statewide.

Women’s Stories at The Living Room

AWS women writers share prose and poetry at The Living Room in Eagle River.
Time: 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Place: Jitters Coffee House 11401 Old Glenn Highway
Mix and mingle with fellow writers, listeners and readers following the reading. Thank you to our friends at The Living Room!

Featured AWS Writers
Mary Samuel is an emerging: poet, youth worker, artist, musician, educator, wanderer, sister, daughter, auntie, friend, lover, and woman from Alaska sipping tea on the west coast of Ireland on this rainy Saturday.

Wendy Brooker lives and works in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Her day (and night) job gives her the opportunity to travel around and really get to know her corner of Alaska.  Most of her time is spent on report writing, but she loves to take time to write more creatively for personal expression.  She is currently making queries to publish a children’s book, actually a book for young and old alike, about unconditional love.

Patricia Pierce is retired from the Alaska Air National Guard. She attends the University of Alaska Anchorage as a full time student, pursuing her dream to write. Patricia is a senior in the Undergraduate English Literature program with Creative Writing as her minor. Patricia also attends Alaska Pacific University taking an Advanced Creative Writing Workshop. Patricia has one grown daughter, two spoiled cats and a fabulous husband of 18 years. Patricia and her husband now reside in Anchorage, after they spent seven years living year round in the Kenny Lake area of Alaska.

Megan Zlatos is the Director of Grants and Special Projects at the Alaska Humanities Forum. Her career path is best described as “the scenic route”: a road that involved everything from coordinating study abroad programs in Europe to developing an employee evaluation system at Google. Her writing interests are equally eclectic.

Lois Simenson’s work has appeared in Alaska Women Speak, The Anchorage Press, Alaska Magazine, 49 WritersErma Bombeck Humor Writers.orgThe Hill Congress Blog, and The Washington DC Metro Bugle. Her novels, The Butte Girls Club, and Otter Rock, will be forthcoming this year. Links to stories are at

Christy Everett lives in Seward Alaska, at the end of the road, where the pavement turns to gravel and leads to the Tonsina Trail, a footpath along Resurrection Bay and the Kenai mountains. She shares stories and poetry about her life at:

Nan Potts began writing stories she created for her children. Upon moving to Alaska in 2007, she has published poetry and articles inspired by The Great Land. Currently, she is a member of the Alaska Writer’s Guild, winning Writer of the Year in 2014 and co-winner in 2016.