Tracy K. Smith, pictured here in 2017, is the U.S. poet laureate.

US poet laureate visits Alaska to celebrate poems in rural communities

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is visiting Juneau as part of a national tour to rural communities in Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Louisiana.
These Alaska Native house posts were carved in cedar, then cast in bronze.

Bronze puts contemporary spin on traditionally carved Native house posts

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The three new house posts to be raised were carved from cedar, then cast in bronze. They weigh close to 1,000 pounds each.
Lead vocalist Alejandro Chavarria of the band Revilla performs at the KXLL Showcase during the 2018 Alaska Folk Festival at the Hangar Ballroom. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Southeast Alaska’s Revilla release new ‘North Sea’ EP

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After their breakout set at this year’s Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, Seattle by-way-of Southeast Alaska band Amish Robots have changed their name to Revilla and released a new EP.
Molly Kelly and her family collect spruce tips every spring in Gustavus. The commercial harvest brings an economic boost to the town. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

How Gustavus’ spruce tips get into Juneau’s ice cream and booze

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Each spring, about 50 pickers young and old get paid a few bucks a pound to collect spruce tips during a short harvest window in small town Gustavus.