Alaska has always done things differently than the lower 48 states.
The Alaska Council of the Arts is adding to that image with its latest
Looking for a way to promote National Poetry month in April, the council
hooked up with an Anchorage brewery to print poems on beer bottle
'We're just helping to make people aware of the arts,' explains Shannon
Planchon, associate director of the council. The group also wants to
dispel the myth that poetry and the arts in general are only for the
The council's budget was less than dollars 2,000, but the beer bottle
poetry has caught the media's attention. Planchon has fielded calls from
the AP, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Company and even a newspaper
from Gary, IN, another beer-drinking hot spot.
The poetry laced beer bottles have produced some interesting scenes in
local bars, Planchon adds. 'It was very entertaining, it gets more
entertaining as the evening goes on and the readings get more and more
dramatic,' she says. No doubt, it's difficult not to be dramatic when
reading such works as The Beer Ballad in a packed Alaskan bar.