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John Smelcer: A Great Alaskan Writer

Posted by Paul Greci at 11/17/2014


I can’t really do John Smelcer justice in a short blog post. He’s authored over forty-five books, has degrees in archeology, linguistics, literature and education, is the last surviving reader and writer of the Alaskan Native Language, Ahtna, and has won numerous awards for his writing. 448 more words

Cry, Cry, and Try Again by John Smelcer

No one likes rejection. It’s ego-bruising if not ego-crushing.

I remember when Clancy Cooper broke up with me to go out with a senior who had a moustache and a Trans Am (Stupid… 921 more words

North American Review

Edge of Nowhere – “Coming to Terms”


by John Smelcer

Print Length: 154 pages

Publisher: Leapfrog Press

Price $8.99

Buy now from Amazon. Click:  Edge of Nowhere

The writing improves—less adverb, adjective over-filled sentences as the writer/reader gets into the real story. 275 more words


Goodreads Giveaways

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while now, you know that I have a Goodreads account. One of the aspects I like about the website is that they have books available to give away to members for free. 385 more words



Life has the power to be quite extraordinary, doesn’t it? I am twenty years old and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It is the second semester of my junior year at Truman (a university that has completely captured my heart and stretched me more than I thought possible in a short 3 years!) With the right amount of luck and hard work, this is going to be the semester to recall when I am 90 years old talking crazy to my giggly great-grandchildren. 376 more words

The Indian Prophet is Binghamton University Special Collections’ Featured Book

The Indian Prophet is Special Collections’ Featured Book for November 2013

Posted on November 1, 2013 by jgreen



In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Special Collections featured book for November is The Indian Prophet: Bilingual Poems From the Ahtna Athabaskan by John E. 269 more words

Lone Wolves

Lone Wolves
John Smelcer
Leapfrog Press 2013

Reviewed by Bob Wake

The heroine of John Smelcer’s contemporary wilderness novel Lone Wolves is a 16-year-old high school student of Native Alaskan heritage whose rugged optimism stands in stark contrast to the cultural death spiral of her classmates and village community. 501 more words