The 49 Writers Active Voice: Writers Respond podcast explores how current events and issues are shaping writers' work and perspective on democratic values of justice, freedom, equality, and liberty. The ongoing series is hosted and produced by board member Katie Bausler. Respectful expression, discussion, and debate are valued. The ideas discussed are not necessarily those of 49 Writers.
Erin Heist, Singer-Songwriter, "Another Rainy Day"
"Last year felt like we were all going through a bunch of rainy days," Erin Heist told Active Voice host Katie Bausler. When the pandemic shut down life as we know it, this Alaskan singer-songwriter had a ready outlet, a songwriting project complete with an online writing group and deadlines. The result is her debut recording, Another Rainy Day, a collection of songs of "grit, loss, and redemption," recorded, mixed and produced with her cousin, producer and DJ Patrick Troll.
Emily Wall, Poet, Professor of English and Creative Writing
Emily Wall is a poet and professor of English and Creative writing at the University of Alaska Southeast. Our conversation was recorded on a mild day in April 2021 on the patio of her family home overlooking Gastineau Channel in Douglas, Alaska.
Kathryn H. Ross, Writer, Author of "Black Was Not a Label"
Kathryn H. Ross on her journey confronting racism as a young, black woman after a relatively discrimination-free childhood, and her debut essay and poetry collection, Black Was Not A Label, "a heart song of who I am, what I’ve gone through and my hope for the future."
Vered Mares, Writers Block Bookstore and Cafe'
In 2018, Vered Mares and partners opened the Writer’s Block bookstore and café’ in Anchorage, Alaska. It quickly became a vital gathering space for writers and artists. Also since 2018, Katie Bausler has hosted this 49 Writers forum for exploration and discussion with writers and artists in these challenging and changing times.
Bathsheba DeMuth, Environmental Historian
Bathsheba DeMuth's first multi-award winning book, Floating Coast, An Environmental History of the Bering Strait (2019), explores the impact of what she calls self-serving ideas of human progress on the ecosystem of where Alaska and Russia almost meet. She is in the research process for her next book, on nature vs. human rights in the Yukon River watershed of Alaska and Canada. The Active Voice podcast is a 49 writers forum for discussion of the place of writers and artists in these challenging times. Listen and subscribe to Active Voice on Apple, Spotify, Simplecast or 49writers.org.
Jackie Venson, Songwriter and Guitar Ripper
Thanks to Jackie Venson for being our first guest singer song writer on the 49 Writers Active Voice podcast, an audio forum on the role of writers in these challenging times for artists and truth tellers. Learn more about Jackie Venson and hear her music at jackievenson.com. Listen and subscribe to the Active Voice podcast on Apple, Spotify, Simplecast or 49writers.org.