Feb. 2, 2017–Jan Carolyn Hardy–What I wish I’d known about old age, but was too young and oblivious to ask.

Jan Carolyn Hardy is an active advocator in Alaska for elders and minority groups. As a community activist, she serves on the board for OPAG (Older Persons Action Group) and contributes to the Senior Voice newspaper. She is an executive board member and secretary for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO), Local 52 Retirees, and serves in the membership of the Central Labor Council.

Jan Carolyn is an active member of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and is a full-time real-estate licensee in Alaska. She appreciates being available to assist elders in determining whether they can remain in their homes safely and advising them if changes are needed in order to create a safe and comfortable environment.

Jan Carolyn holds a B.A. of Liberal Arts in Linguistics, an M.A. in Educational  Administration, an M.S. in Counseling and Guidance, and M.Msc. in Theology.

Jan Carolyn Hardy

Jan Carolyn Hardy

Jan. 5, 2017–Martha Amore–Creating Anthologies and Community Writing

Martha Amore teaches in the English Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She achieved her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 and has published stories in a number of journals and magazines, including Room, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal. In 2013, VP&D House published her novella in the anthology Weathered Edge: Three Alaskan Novellas. In 2015, she won a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award to complete her collection of short stories, which she hopes to have out in 2018. Her new book, published by the University of Alaska Press and co-edited by Lucian Childs, is an anthology entitled Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry. She is currently at work on an Interdisciplinary PhD through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Martha Amore

Martha Amore

 

Dec. 1, 2016–Lizzie Newell (freelance writer, illustrator, and self-publisher): Book design for Self-Publishing

Lizzie Newell is a self-published author who writes and designs science fiction novels. Her books Sappho’s Agency, and The Fisherman and the Sperm Thief are available online and through bookstores. The next book in the series, The Tristan Bay Accord, will go live in February 2017.

She studied graphic design and literature at Colorado State University as part of a BA in Arts and Humanities. She continued her studies in illustration and sculpture at UAA, earning a BFA in studio art. Her preferred medium is paper which she makes into models of boats and planets. She views book design as a form of paper sculpture and applies her skill to assisting other writers as well as producing her own books.

Lizzie Newell

Lizzie Newell

Nov. 2, 2016–Barbara Martin–My Journey to Self-Publishing My Powerful Hearts Book Set for Children: Junk or Joy? and Offense Get Off My Fence

Book Summaries

Offense, Get Off My Fence, is about learning to guard your heart from the outside and its partner book, Junk or Joy?, is about learning to feed your heart from the inside. Even though they are very different books, they were birthed together and are intended to show children the choices they have, thereby empowering them regardless of what life brings. They are intended to give children the resources they need to prevent poor choices and grow up healthy in a broken world.

Bio

Barbara Martin is a retired teacher of 21 years who is now involved in self-publishing children’s books. Her Powerful Hearts Book Set was written to help children see their choices, set healthy boundaries, and acquire tools to deal with life’s hurts. She wants to give children tools to grow up healthy in a broken world. Junk or Joy? is a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award in Children’s Mind/Body/Spirit.

In addition to Power Me, the business she uses for publishing her books, she also owns a computer business called Mac Mentoring, where she troubleshoots and trains people to use their MacIntosh products. Barbara has called Alaska home for more than 30 years. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin

Oct. 6, 2016–Terry Kelly–Trust in Journalism: Why So Low? What Can be Done About It?

Recent polling indicates that trust in mainstream journalism has reached an all-time low. This talk explores: (1) the nature of trust, especially the anonymous trust needed for the public to trust professionals with whom they have no personal acquaintance; (2) some of the potential explanations for the decline in trust in journalists, with particular focus on the standing of journalism as a profession; (3) some suggestions on ways to increase public trust in journalism.

Terry Kelly earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University. He specializes in professional ethics and political philosophy. He is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He also serves as vice-chairperson of the Anchorage Municipal Board of Ethics and conducts professional ethics training in Anchorage. His book, Professional Ethics: A Trust-Based Approach is expected to be published in 2017. Recent publications include “Conflicts About Conflict of Interest: A Comparison of ‘Performance’ and ‘Trustworthiness’ Models of COI in the Context of Industry Relations with Physicians,” in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ethical: Regulative Ideals and Role Obligations” (with Stephanie Bauer) in the Proceedings of the University of Alaska Anchorage Ethics Center Convocation.

Trust and Journalism

Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly

Sept. 1, 2016–Rebecca Goodrich–A Quick Look at the Life of a Consulting Editor

Rebecca Goodrich was raised in Los Angeles by an inventor, an English major, and a cat. She learned brainstorming, product design and marketing, and how to work on an assembly line in the family R &  D business. Some family worked at Warner Brothers, so she saw new movies at the Academy.

In 1994, Goodrich jettisoned California and its glitter to build a houseboat in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island. She was mentored by future writer laureate Jerah Chadwick and entranced by the island and its people. She was a columnist and reporter for the Dutch Harbor Fisherman and a stringer for KDLG, building on California credits in newspapers, business magazines, and small literary journals.

Goodrich founded the Writers at Title Wave, her third such group, chairing it for four years. Commentaries on the AK Show addressed emotionally difficult topics. “Unalaska Blueberries” placed Second in an APC contest. After a class with Fairbanks author David Marusek, “Matanuska Green” was published in Cold Flashes, UA Press anthology.

Also published in Cirque, F Magazine, Make A Scene, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Ester Republic, etc., Goodrich makes a living as a Consulting Editor. She is currently at work on her Dutch Harbor memoir.

Rebecca Goodrich

Rebecca Goodrich

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2016–John Nofsinger, PhD–The Biases of Investing

Dr. John Nofsinger is the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in International Finance at the College of Business & Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage. He is one of the world’s leading experts in behavioral finance.

Professor Nofsinger has authored/coauthored ten finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books that have been translated into eleven languages. His book, The Psychology of Investing, is in its 5th edition and is popular with investors and advisors. As such, Dr. Nofsinger is a frequent speaker on this topic, presenting 50+ times at practitioner associations, industry conferences, businesses, and individual investor associations.

Dr. Nofsinger is a prolific scholar who has published in multiple disciplines. He has published 52 articles in prestigious scholarly journals (like the Journal of Finance and Journal of Business) and practitioner journals (like the Financial Analysts Journal and Journal of Wealth Management). He contributes to the scholarly literature and also helps bridge the gap between theory and practice among academics and practitioners. He has numerous scholarly works in all three major areas of finance: (1) investments, (2) corporate finance, and (3) financial markets. But he is most widely known in the area of behavioral finance and has recently been working in socially responsible finance. He has presented his work 60+ times at universities and conferences and collaborated with over 30 other scholars around the world.

Dr Nofsinger is often quoted or appears in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, Business Week, Smart Money, Money Magazine, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Nightly Business Report (NBR), and CNBC, and other media from The Dolans to TheStreet.com.

John Nofsinger, PhD

John Nofsinger, PhD

May 5, 2016–Dianne Barske–Proofing Pitfalls – There is no such thing as perfect!

Dianne Barske has been a member of Alaska Professional Communicators – formerly Alaska Press Women – for 40 years, since APW member Betzi Woodman brought her to a meeting two weeks after Dianne landed in Anchorage! Membership in this organization has been one of the most cherished aspects of Alaska living for Dianne ever since.

Betzi referred Dianne to several Alaska business publications, and thus Dianne began her Alaskan career as a freelance writer. For many years, she wrote for the monthly newspaper, The Pulse, and now writes monthly features for Senior Voice. Many state and national awards for her writing have come as a result of her memberships in APC and NFPW. She has written and illustrated four children’s books, all award winners, with two of the books receiving first-place awards on the national level. She’s also worked in community relations for Arts Alaska, Hope Community Resources and Providence Hospital, and shown her art work in several Alaskan venues.

She has received both APC’s Spark Plug award and Communicator of Achievement awards, and just last month was given the Gold Nugget award for outstanding professional achievement.

She will talk about the inconceivable way mistakes always manage to slip into her work, despite diligent proofing and editing.

Dianne Barske

Dianne Barske

April 14, 2016–Kim Heacox–Award-Winning Author of Fiction and Non-Fiction

Kim Heacox is the award-winning author of several books including the acclaimed John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire (which received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly) and Rhythm of the Wild (just released.)

His feature articles have appeared in Audubon, Travel & Leisure, Wilderness, Islands, Orion, and National Geographic Traveler. His editorials, written for the Los Angeles Times, have appeared in many major newspapers across the United States.

Kim was also commentator along with Gretel Ehrlich and other environmental VIPs on Ken Burns’s twelve-hour PBS film The National Parks documenting the history of the national parks and the US conservation movement, currently airing on Netflix.

A contract writer with the National Geographic Society since 1985, Kim has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for excellence in travel writing and was a finalist for the Pen Center USA Western award for his memoir, The Only Kayak.

The cover of the National Outdoor Book Award winning Jimmy Bluefeather also features an image by Heacox whose photographs are sold around the world by Getty Images.

When not playing the guitar, doing simple carpentry, or writing, he’s sea kayaking in Gustavus, Alaska, gateway to Glacier Bay National Park with his wife, Melanie.

 

Kim Heacox

Kim Heacox

 

March 3, 2016–Bonnye Matthews–Mixing DVD Media with Novels to Enhance Communication

Bonnye Matthews will share how (1) a depth of understanding and sense of reality beyond that of ink-on-paper can be attained by mixing media with novels; (2) the DVD can be used in presentations to provide consistent quality; (3) a quality product can be created by someone new to the DVD genre; and (4) the finished DVD can become an additional item in the author’s product line. Those who attend will see the DVD, be able to compare it to the original book’s Introduction, and have a chance to ask questions about any phase of the processes involved.

Bonnye Matthews retired to Alaska in 2005. Scoping out her environment, she heard about Beringia and the first Alaskans as the first Americans. In less than a day of research, she knew that premise was likely false, and she wondered why people were teaching it. She researched journal-by-journal, issue-by-issue. She quickly realized she’d never know who was entitled to the “First Americans” label, but wondered—did it go further back than the 250,000-year-old human skull fragment found under volcanic debris in Mexico? After 5 years she had a mass of information—for what? She wasn’t credentialed for non-fiction which had already been done and done well. Fiction? No series was devoted to the peopling of the Americas before the Ice Age, despite more than 400 sites in North and South America that may well show signs of pre-Ice Age occupation. She’d found her niche—a strange one. Fiction, from someone utterly literal, not trained to write
fiction, and definitely not given to unleashed creativity?

She has written four novels, each an award winner garnering comments such as: “well founded in pre-historic detail and research . . . extraordinary in originality and imagination.” Her arcane subject area needed introduction for the reader to share her vision. She added Introductions with distaste, for the non-fiction seemed to interfere with the entry to the story. Finally, she realized she was using the wrong medium, at least wrong in this Digital Age. She learned how to make DVDs. The DVD—“Cook Inlet, Alaska: the Setting of Tuksook’s Story, 35,000 BC” introduces the
novel while serving other uses. Groups of third to fifth grade students to whom she showed the DVD at a Young Writers’ Conference were captivated—for 22 minutes not one student ever looked away from the screen. The same was true of adults. The DVD was a hit! She saw a number of values in using the DVD but was aware she needed to bring her publisher along. She met with her publisher and he agreed to take on the DVD, insisting she add a music bed. She did. At present she’s removing the Introductions from her novels and replacing them with DVDs.

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Bonnye Matthews

Bonnye Matthews