Monthly Archives: September 2010

University of Arizona Poetry Center- CHIMERA: AN EXPLORATION OF HYBRID WRITING

Chimera: An Exploration of Hybrid Writing
with Arianne Zwartjes
Mondays, October 4 to November 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In this class we’ll explore the different forms that hybrid texts can take, examining specific techniques of juxtaposition/blending such as mimicry, sampling, collage, and cutting/splicing. Of particular interest to us will be works that are rooted in literary tradition (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) but are expanded by another genre (written) or medium (illustration, video, book art, hypertextuality, photography, performance, etc.). We’ll discuss what it means to be “successful” as a hybrid work, rather than simply clever or gimmicky. We’ll begin our readings with several examples of historic “hybridity,” and then move on to pieces by well-known contemporary authors such as Jenny Boully, Ander Monson, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, and Kate Greenstreet. We will write, in and out of class, and share our writing with each other. Finally, as possible, we’ll be visited by published authors working in the realm of the hybrid. Register online at

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Robert Flynn Author- JADE: OUTLAW, a new novel


Is doing the right thing the right thing to do? Riley O’Connor did what he was taught was right. When he told his story his listeners agreed he had done the right thing. But Riley was not convinced and became Jade, a feared and respected outlaw. Then he met a woman who could prove he did the right thing but she did what everyone knew was the wrong thing and refused to confess it.

For more about Robert Flynn and his work go to

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Every Voice in Action Foundation- Request for Grant Proposals

Request for Proposals from $300-$3,000 for Youth Voice projects and events in WARD 3 from Every Voice in Action Foundation. Proposals are due Friday, October 15 2010 at noon. Projects and events that have significant youth leadership and that promote the points of view of youth in Ward 3 schools and neighborhoods and/or work towards creating young people’s vision of a stronger and improved community. Contact: Judith L. Anderson, Ph.D., President & CEO. Every Voice in Action Foundation 2851 N. Country Club Road Tucson , AZ 85716 (520) 615-2100 x 110

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University of Arizona Poetry Center- A Closer Look Book Club

Encountering Fiction at the Poetry Center
A Closer Look Book Club

Did you know that the Poetry Center hosts a book club where we discuss exciting fiction? At meetings of our Closer Look Book Club, we discuss important works of prose. The Book Club is free and open to the public, stimulating yet eminently casual. In the two years since the Book Club was founded we’ve read a wide range of works, by J. M. Coetzee, Denis Johnson, and Italo Calvino to Herman Melville and Jane Austen.

Starting in October, the Poetry Center’s Closer Look Book Club will spend a year taking a closer look at a specific kind of book: Great American Novels written since 1960–the year of the Poetry Center’s founding, which we’re currently celebrating. We’ll read six books total, one from each decade of the Poetry Center’s existence. Each book we’ll read is measured, by popular opinion or critical authority, by the number of its prizes or the number of its devotees, as a work that importantly captures the American experience.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac. them by Joyce Carol Oates. Beloved by Toni Morrison. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. As we encounter each book, we’ll discuss: what unique vision does each novel present? How do we define “great”? How do we define “American”? How do we define “novel”? How have our definitions shifted over the past fifty years?

For complete information about our Closer Look Book Club, and descriptions of the books we’re reading this year, go to

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Creative Writing Weekend Workshops at Pima Community College West Campus, Fall 3010

These weekend workshops led by professional writers offer focused, intensive explorations of special creative writing topics with a variety of activitis and lots of hands-on practice.


Susan Cummins Miller/ October 1-3

Explore the mystery genre, from capers and cozies to police proceduals and thrillers. Through discussion, examples, and writing exercises, we’ll cover the elements of mystery fiction: beginnings and endings, hooks, characters, plot, action, dialogue, scenes, settings, pace, structure, and editing. We’ll finish up with a discussion of publishing in the present market.

Susan Cummins Miller, a writer, poet and geologist, is the award-winning author of DEATH ASSEMBLAGE, DETACHMENT FAULT, QUARRY, HOODOO, and FRACTURE, mysteries featuring geo-sleuth Frankie MacFarlane. She was awarded three writer’s fellowships at the Djerassi Resident Artists’ Program. Her poems have been published in regional journals and anthologies, including WHAT WILDNESS IS THIS: WOMEN WRITE ABOUT THE SOUTHWEST, NEW TEXAS 2009, and ROUNDUP! WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS GREAT STORIES OF THE WEST FROM TODAY’S LEADING WESTERN WRITERS.
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Steve Kowit/ October 22-24

What makes one poem enthralling, authentic and memorable, while other poems, perhaps on the same subject, seem to be forgettable and lackluster? This workshop will focus on the central issue while having participants write drafts of at least four new poems. You will sharpen your skills in creating powerful images and stories, increase your ability to shape language with lyrical and emotional intensity, and practice establishing in your poems the believable voice, narrative, and rhetorical skills that are likely to fully engage the reader’s attention. The workshop should also lead to a strong sense of how to revise earlier poems. We’ll discuss some of the new poems and look at models of superb short poems by a host of contemporary (and ancient) poets to exemplify the poetic techniques and strategies we can employ in our own poetic compositions.

Steve Kowit won the Tampa Review Prize for his most recent collection, THE FIRST NOBLE TRUTH. His collection THE GODS OF RAPTURE received Sand Diego’s Ted Geisel award. His poetry writing guidbook, IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, is much used around the nation. His works has been often anthologized, and many of his recent poems have appeared in the literary magazine THE SUN. The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, he has been conducting poetry writing workshops for many years. He lives and teaches in San Diego
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Weekend Workshops Location

Pima Community College, West Campus
Sentinel Peak J 101
2202 W. Anklam Road
Tucson Az. 85705-6170

Workshop schedules

. Friday 6-8 p.m.
. Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (plus writing on your own Saturday evening)
. Sunday 9 a.m- 5 p.m.

. in person at any campus
. http://www.pima.eud

Cost and credit for each workshop
. 2 credits (Writing 298)
. $107 + $9 student services fees + $10 processing fee (Arizona residents)
. Audit option not available)

For more information Contact Meg Files at (520) 206-6084

Pima Community College (520) 206-4500

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- 50th Anniversary Benefit AN AFTERNOON WITH BILLY COLLINS & FRIENDS


50th Anniversary Benefit


Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm

Centennial Hall, University of Arizona

FOR TICKETS call UAPresents (520) 621-3341
or visit

Billy Collins * Patricia Clarkson * Howard Altmann * Ernesto Portillo Jr. * David Fitzimmons

And don’t miss this STARNET EXCLUSIVE: SNEAK PREVIEW The Poetry Center’s Audio Video Library at

The University of Arizona POETRY CENTER

Celebrating 50 years


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The Screening Room & Borderlands Theatre- ARTES SIN FRONTERAS

ARTES SIN FRONTERAS at The Screening Room

Friday, October 1, 8:00 p.m. ($6 admission)


Witness a re-telling of the Mexican and American border crisis through the story of Eusebio de Haro, a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during his journey north. His family and neighbors, vigilantes and border patrol, give a human face to the issues and numbers that bombard those of us living on the border. Filmmaker Q&A follows the screening.

preceded by THE COMMUTE, a short film about the traveling disparities existing on the opposite sides of the border

Saturday, October 2, 8:00 p.m. ($6 admission)


This new documentary by John Sheedy focuses on a group of children who live next to an immense mountain of trash close to downtown Tijuana. Amid the roar of trucks and armies of competing sea gulls, they scavenge for toys and play with their finds. Exposed to drug addiction and violence, chemicals, sharp objects and dead bodies, the children are still able to tease and laugh as they share their lives and dreams with the camera. . Filmmaker Q&A follows the screening.

preceded by POINT OF ENTRY: An Intimate Look at Modern Immigration

When he was just 15 years old, Carlos left his family in Mexico to immigrate illegally into the United States to look for work. His is the story of thousands of immigrants who labor for decades to support families they never get to see.

A portion of ticket sales will go towards an educational trust fund for the children.

Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. (Free admission)

THE INVISIBLES in four chapters: Seaworld, Six out of Ten, What Remains, Goal!

Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal explore the human stories that surface from the migration of people through Mexico in search of the border. Broken into four distinct areas of hope and concern, this film breaks wide open the Mexican government’s role in the torturous journey of undocumented migrants.

Filmmaker Marc Silver will also premiere footage from his new film, Who is Dayani Cristal?, and lead a panel discussion on crossing borders with Lorenia Ton, Mexican Consulate Representative responsible for Repatriating Dead to Mexico and Robin Reineke, Researcher at the Office of the Medical Examiner and Doctoral Student in Anthropology.

Monday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Staged Reading

Mexican playwright Cutberto Lopez explores the dangerous world of narco trafficking along the coast of Sinaloa through the eyes of a cocky young drug smuggler looking to get out of the business – if he can make it out alive.

Thursday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. (Free admission)


This special panel will focus on the effects that new Arizona laws are having on Arizona youth. Panelists will include filmmakers Ari Luis Palos and Eren Isabel McGinnis, Curtis Acosta, a Tucson High Magnet School teacher, youth filmmaker Levi Escobar, and student activists Pricila Rodriguez and Crystal Terriquez,

Eren McGinnis & Ari Palos will premiere a short clip from PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE, a new film which documents the civil rights struggle of Tucson High School students and teachers as they fight to keep their Mexican American Studies classes alive. Also Levi Escobar will screen his new short, No SB1070!

Friday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. (Free admission)


An evening of music, film and arts discussion


Come enjoy the encore performances by the winners of the 20th annual Tucson Meet Yourself Corrido competition.


Nogales is often portrayed as a tired and worn-down border town. But when filmmaker Elisea Perea-Hernandez scratches the surface of this myth, she finds a rich artisan community with strong ties to its American and Mexican heritage…ambos Los Estados Unidos y Mexico.

A lively discussion of artists as activists will follow the performances and screening.

Saturday, October 23, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Free admission)

University of Arizona Press Panel Discussions and Bookfair
Nationally and internationally, readers turn to the University of Arizona Press for books on the culture and history of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Today, more than ever, the Press plays an instrumental role in the dialog about the lives and politics along the border. Books will be available for sale.

Meet the authors. Join the conversation.
1:00 p.m. – Stella Pope Duarte, author of If I Die in Juárez, in conversation with Ernesto Portillo, Jr. of the Arizona Daily Star.
2:15 p.m. – John Annerino and Miriam Davidson discuss their books, Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America’s Desert Borderlands in the New Era and Lives on the Line: Dispatches from the U.S.–Mexico Border. Session moderated by Jon Shumaker of the Tucson Weekly.
3:30 p.m. – Kathryn Ferguson, Norma Price and Ted Parks read from and discuss Crossing with the Virgin: Stories from the Migrant Trail.

Thursday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. (Free admission)


Do we need to spend billions for fencing and technology? Should we do anything about migrant deaths? Is there a solution? The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into U.S. This powerful film by John Carlos Frey is an unflinching look at a failed border strategy that many believe has caused the death of thousands of migrants and violated fundamental human rights.

Filmmaker John Carlos Frey and community activist Mike Wilson will talk about the issues presented in the film after the screening.

THE SCREENING ROOM is located at 127 East Congress.

For information, call 882-0204 or visit our Facebook page.

ARTES SIN FRONTERAS is a project of The Screening Room and Borderlands Theater.

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