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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2000

Douglas poet wins statewide contest Juneau-Douglas poet Emily Wall won first place last month in a statewide poetry contest sponsored by The Fairbanks Arts Association.

Wall's poem ``Composition of Ravens'' was selected from 142 entries submitted by writers throughout Alaska. Wall said she's thinking about spending the $150 prize money on a writing class this summer at Perseverance Theatre.

``Coincidentally, it's also $150,'' she said.

This is the third year for the annual contest. Anne Caston, a creative writing professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, served as the judge.

Second and third place went to Fairbanks writers Jill Osier and Susan Campbell. Three prizes were awarded in the youth category. Finn Straley of Sitka took first with his poem, ``Winter.'' Ashley Burnett of Fairbanks took second and John Lougoutaris of Soldotna was third.

Wall learned about the contest through the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. This winter she served as hostess and emcee for the council's monthly reading series, ``Witnessing Our Lives.''

Wall teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such as the Owen Wister Review and Parnassus Literary Journal. She's completed a manuscript for a book of poems and plans to seek publication within the coming year.

Storyteller clown comes to Juneau

A puppeteering, unicycle-riding, juggling, storytelling clown comes to Juneau for a performance at 7 p.m. Monday at Centennial Hall.

Michael David Hirschbach lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been a performer for 18 years. He has taught performance arts as well, and will teach a circus skills workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

``He tells a combination of stories with puppetry, juggling, mime and clowning,'' said Becky Bear, one of the organizers for the event.

Tickets to Hirschbach's Monday evening performance are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $25 for a family. The event is sponsored by the Juneau Storytellers Guild and KTOO-FM.

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