Poetry, prose, fiction and non-‐fiction converge each month at Jitters Coffee Shop when local residents, including some writers from Anchorage and other areas, share their work at a unique gathering called “The Living Room.”
Now in its second year, the ‘Living Room’ showcases the talents of writers from all walks of life, and has featured several published authors, University of Alaska professors and former poet laureate of Alaska, Tom Sexton.
The group was established in 2014 to bring the community closer together, and to celebrate the literary talents here in our hometown.
“We have writers and book lovers of many genres, ages and walks of life in the Eagle River area,” says Judith Lindenfelser, one of the group’s founders. “Why not provide a welcoming place for them to showcase their works or share their favorite pieces?”
Other ‘Reading Room’ founders are Monica Devine, Susan Sommer, and Kellie Doherty. Current organizers are Judith Lindenfelser, Sue May, and Isolde Gibson.
“The meetings are held at Jitters coffee shop at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, from September through May,” says Lindenfelser. “The gatherings are informal and friendly. There are six readers, and each gets 5-‐10 minutes to read their work or the works of others.”
Book sales are allowed after the readings when participants mingle and enjoy snacks.
“If you’re reading from your upcoming or published book, give it a plug when you introduce yourself. And during the mingling portion of the event, feel free to talk about your book with other people,” says Lindenfelser.
November’s Reading Room on November 9th at 7 p.m. will feature readings by members of the military, exclusively.
For dates, location, and other information about The Reading Room, go to their website:
Frank E. Baker is a member of the Echo Alaska team and a freelance writer who lives in Eagle River.