It's a milestone for the Alaska Quarterly Review, the literary magazine made in Alaska. The publication is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Ron Spatz, the editor in chief, joined us to discuss what's in store for the special issue.

According to Ron, the Quarterly Review began when he pitched the idea of a nationally focused literary journal to a friend, as there was nothing of the sort coming out of Alaska. Their goal has been to bridge the national literary community to Alaska and build up the literature of the country.

Part of the focus of the Alaska Quarterly Review has been to give a venue to emerging writers of all different kinds within Alaska to establish some credibility, and get a boost in recognition.

As far as the new issue, which will mark 35 years of publication, readers can expect a healthy dose of fiction, poetry, stories, and poems. It will also contain a special piece by Carol Mayer of the University of British Columbia, which focuses on Papua New Guinea, and how the seemingly unrelated country contrasts Alaska.

A celebration of the anniversary will happen this Sunday, October 1, at the Anchorage Museum at 7 p.m.