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In brief: Mat-Su

Palmer poetry anthology released

Local poets submitted their work to be compiled in a Valley poetry anthology this winter. The book is finished and poets, friends and family members of poets and poetry lovers are invited to a release party at Vagabond Blues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free and books are on sale for $10. Poets will be reading their work at the event.

For more information contact the Palmer Arts Council at

Brave New Voices poetry slam set for Monday

Students from Valley middle and high schools will be working with three prize-winning slam poets Monday in a daylong workshop that culminates with an evening poetry slam to which the public is invited.

The event is coordinated by the Palmer Arts Council as part of its National Poetry Month celebration. The public performance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palmer Depot is free.

For more information, contact the Palmer Arts Council at

Wasilla student receives Goldwater award

Colony High School 2007 graduate Kaija Klauder of Wasilla recently received a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The award is given annually to second- and third-year college students planning careers in math and science, and is based on academic merit.

Klauder is a junior at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

According to information from the school, she plans to obtain a Ph.D. in wildlife biology with the hope of conducting field research.

Her interests lie in carnivore behavior and the relationships between predators and prey, with an eye to creating more comprehensive and effective wildlife management plans.

This year, according to the college, 1,111 students applied to the Goldwater Foundation for the 278 scholarships awarded. The scholarship comes with a $7,500 academic stipend.

Klauder was the only Alaska student to receive the scholarship.

Anchorage Daily News /