Arts Briefs

Bow Wow Film Fest shows tonight

The fourth annual Bow Wow Film Festival will play at 6 p.m. tonight at the Homer Theatre.

An innovative, traveling dog themed film fest, it celebrates the human-canine bond and the marvelous ways these beloved creatures inspire us, care for us and bring us joy.

The Bow Wow 2018-19 Tour launched in Telluride, Colorado, in July 2018 and from Telluride, Bow Wow went nationwide, bringing the funloving and lively show to dozens of locations around the country.

The Bow Wow Film Festival collaborates with animal welfare organizations, such as pet food pantries, humane societies and service dog organizations, and travels the country to raise money and awareness for hosting organizations.

The film festival includes “Ask Frank – Advice for Dogs,” the story of Stacy’s cute rescue dog, set in Alaska, and the story of how a Montana based organization is helping to catch poachers in Africa.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for children ages 14 and under. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Homer Animal Friend’s Spay & Neuter Fund. For a trailer, see

Registration starts for Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

Registration has opened for the 2019 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, to be held June 14-18 at Land’s End Resort and presented by Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage.

The conference will feature 18 other award-winning, nationally recognized authors, editors and agents who will conduct creative writing workshops, readings, craft talks and panel presentations in creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.

This year’s keynote presenter is Pulitzer Prize poet and essayist Diane Ackerman.

Other national and Alaska presenting and visiting writers are award-winning poets, essayists and novelists Kazim Ali, Martha Amore, Barrie Jean Borich, Janet Lee Carey, Richard Chiappone, Elizabeth Evans, Jamie Ford, B.J. Hollar, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Ishmael Hope, Christian Kiefer, Nancy Lord, Rosemary McGuire, Kristin Nelson, Elena Passarello and Tess Taylor. The presenters explore a variety of genre and topics of interest including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, nature writing, editing, publishing, and the business of writing.

Well known for both her poetry and her nonfiction writing, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly-acclaimed works of poetry and nonfiction, including New York Times bestsellers “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” “A Natural History of the Senses,” “The Human Age” and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, One “Hundred Names for Love.”

A special post-conference writing workshop will be held across Kachemak Bay at Tutka Bay Lodge for conference registrants.

The conference’s early registration fee is $395 and includes meals and workshops. Deadline for “early bird’ registration is May 1. There is a special UA admitted student rate.

Advanced registration is required. For program and registration information see:

Going to participate in Rome art program

Homer artist and writer Jo Going has been invited to participate in The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at The American Academy in Rome.

The Academy is a research and arts institution located in a beautiful villa on the Gianicolo Hill in Rome, and is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program provides artists and scholars of all nationalities the opportunity to experience the intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation that characterizes life at the Academy.

While in residence, Going will work on an art project coordinating text and image that interrelate the arctic and Italy.

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