This weekend, the University of Alaska Southeast will launch this year's edition of "Tidal Echoes," Southeast Alaska's only literary and arts journal. The annual publication is staffed by student editors and a faculty advisor, and was financed by a grant from the UAS Chancellor's Fund.
The launch party will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the UAS Egan lecture hall. It is open to the public and will feature speakers, readings and an art slideshow.
About 250 literary submissions from students and Southeast residents were considered to be included in the journal. A total of 59 prose writers and poets were chosen, some with more than one piece of writing. Twenty-five percent of the space was dedicated to UAS students, while the remaining space was open to general submissions.
Emily Wall, faculty advisor, said the process has been wonderful and praised her student editors, Chalise Fisk and Josh Carter, for their hard work. This year, for the first time, students worked with staff at the Capital City Weekly in editing and designing the journal.
"It was great this year, particularly having Capital City Weekly working with us," Wall said. "It was nice to get to work with professionals this year and bring up the level of the journal."
Fisk is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. She was junior editor this year and will be the next journal's senior editor.
"It has its moments where it's down to the wire and intense, but overall it has been a great experience," Fisk said.
In addition to written work, the journal includes images of artwork by Southeast artists. Jeremy Kane, an art professor at UAS, served as art editor for the journal. According to Wall, his efforts brought in much more art this year than the journal has ever seen.
The journal's featured artist is David Woodie, whose painting appears on the cover. The untitled piece took Woodie three years to paint and currently hangs in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
Ernestine Hayes, the author of "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir," is the journal's featured writer. Some of her new nonfiction and poetry is included in this year's journal.
"Other than working with the student editors, who are fantastic, my favorite aspect of this project is seeing the amazing diversity of topics we Southeast Alaskans write about," Wall said. "We don't restrict our journal to any particular subject matter - something I think is absolutely necessary for a place that has such a 'brand' to the rest of the world. It's a relief and joy to see poems written about something other than whales; to see stories written about biking in Arizona, or fighting with your wife. The journal is a much more accurate reflection of who we really are here, and the of the lives we live in this amazing archipelago."
The journal will be available for purchase at the launch, at Hearthside Books and at the UAS bookstore for $5.
Preview the journal online at uas.alaska.edu/humanities/tidalechoes/.