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Prahlad, Sanders featured at Permafrost Book Prize Reading


The annual Permafrost Book Prize Reading will feature authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14, in the University of Alaska Museum of the North auditorium.

Prahlad won the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize offered by Permafrost, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' literary journal. Sanders judged the entries.

Prahlad's nonfiction manuscript, "The Secret Life of a Black Aspie," was published by the University of Alaska Press in 2017 as a result of his win. Prahlad, a poet, songwriter and musician, teaches folklore, film, creative writing and disability studies at the University of Missouri, where he has been a professor since 1990.

Sanders, professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, has written more than 20 books, including "A Conservationist Manifesto," "Earth Works: Selected Essays," and "Divine Animal: A Novel." His most recent book, "Dancing in Dreamtime," is a collection of eco-science fiction stories.

The UAF English Department and Permafrost are hosting the reading as part of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

The Permafrost Book Prize is funded by Joe Usibelli Sr. and Peggy Shumaker, longtime Alaskans and UAF donors. Shumaker is a UAF professor emeritus of English and has published several books of poetry, most recently "Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica."

The College of Liberal Arts, the largest of UAF’s academic units, comprises arts, humanities, social sciences and language disciplines across 20 departments.


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