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The Defiant Voice of Sandy Kleven PosterJul. 28, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 pm

The Defiant Voice of Sandy Kleven: Poet, Writer, Editor, and Filmmaker 


Sandy Kleven is an extraordinary woman whose open and honest nature has enhanced the life of Alaskans everywhere. Editor of Cirque, a Literary J ournal, she is also author of the short film "To the Moon," an homage to poet Theodore Roethke and poetry collections Defiance Street and Holy Land. Her writings have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Oklahoma Review, F Magazine, Stoneboat and in the anthology, Cold Flashes (U of AK Press).

Raised in Seattle, Washington, Sandy Kleven spent much of the last 33 years working in Alaska’s village communities. Her early writing focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse throughout Alaska and led to her two children’s books The Right Touch and Talk about Touch.

"The way to approach such a talk without sounding arrogant is to speak of struggles and failures as well as the long, slow breakthroughs to some kind of success. And you can also talk about your companions; the ones who made a difference."

Sandy Kleven works as a clinical social worker. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UAA. In 2015, she was inducted to the Northshore School District Wall of Honor for her contributions to the community and the world.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this event and learn about Sandy Kleven’s remarkable contributions to Alaska.

The Power of Words PosterAug. 4, 2017

10:00 - 11:15 am

The Power of Words: ASD Multilingual Students Read Original Poetry and Prose

Approximately 20 multilingual Anchorage School District students, grades 7 through 12, will read original poetry and prose they have written during this summer's ASD/UAA Summer Academy.

The Summer Academy is a partnership between ASD's English Language Learner Program and UAA's College Preparatory and Developmental Studies Department. Through this exciting collaboration, over 200 students have spent three and a half weeks on campus. They are earning high school math and English credit from team-taught courses by ASD teachers and UAA faculty. Students are also earning UAA credit for a University Studies course.

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