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The Writers Studio- Workshop starts this Saturday! April 25, 2015

The Writers Studio- Workshop starts this Saturday! April 25, 2015
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“If a story is in you, it has got to come out”

–William Faulkner

Spring Workshop Starts Saturday:

Writers Studio Students publish, win awards, and join a lifelong, supportive community of writers. Now is the time to tell your story. Our next workshop starts Saturday. Join us:

Starting THIS Saturday, April 25th, Spring Workshop, taught by Lela Scott MacNeil, Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm, classes meet at 3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719,SIGN UP NOW

LELA SCOTT MACNEIL is a fiction writer trained in The Writers Studio method. Lela has a BFA in Screenwriting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arizona. She works at the University of Arizona Press. Her work has been published in Gertrude and alongside Dennis Lehane in the Springsteen inspired Noir anthology Trouble in the Heartland.

And in case you don’t already know about us…

The Writers Studio, a 27-year-old writing school founded in New York City by Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, began its first highly successful 10-week creative writing workshop in Tucson in June 2005.  Since then, The Writers Studio Tucson has grown, offering three levels of classes, and helping students get published and achieve their writing goals. Attend a free introductory class and learn about The Writers Studio’s unique, craft-oriented method, which for the last ten years has helped advanced and novice Tucson writers realize their full creative potential. More at www.writerstudio.com.

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University of Arizona Poetry Center- Announcing Summer 2015 Classes & Workshops

University of Arizona Poetry Center- Announcing Summer 2015 Classes & Workshops
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Announcing Summer 2015 Classes & Workshops. Register Now!

Every spring, summer, and fall, the Poetry Center offers a calendar of noncredit creative workshops and literature courses. We’re happy to announce this summer’s lineup of courses in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and letterpress print! Register for a course and spend time this summer at the Poetry Center with your writing, other writers, and great teachers!

Parent/Child Writing Summit with Mason Gates
Saturday, May 9
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Clarity Demystified: A Poetry Workshop with Christopher Nelson
Four Sessions (Tuesdays/Thursdays): May 19, 21, 26, and 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Cut to the Chase: Creating Plot in Fiction with Ted McLoof
Eight Mondays: June 1 through July 27 (no class meeting June 22)
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Dislocating the Prose Poem: A Generative Workshop and Survey
with Jamison Crabtree
Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14
9:30 am to 3:30 pm both days (with a one-hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm)

Shaping Text with Letterpress with Amanda Beekhuizen
Two Weekends, July 18, 19, 25, and 26
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)

The Art of Research: Collaging the Personal Essay with Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Four Thursdays: July 30 through August 20
6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Fact of Fiction: Turning Life into Story with Ted McLoof
Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16
1:00 to 5:00 pm

The full schedule is here: http://poetry.arizona.edu/classes-workshops

The online registration form is here:https://uafoundation.org/NetCommunity/2015poetrysummerworkshops

And information about scholarships to offset the cost of registering for one of our courses is here: http://poetry.arizona.edu/campau-inman-scholarships

Copyright © 2015 The University of Arizona Poetry Center, All rights reserved.

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center

1508 E. Helen St.

Tucson, AZ 85721

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April 24, 2015
Arpaio On Trial and Our Struggle Continues
This week there’s been national attention on Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County who has been in a court hearing for contempt after his non-compliance with a federal judge’s order prohibiting the Sheriff from detaining people solely for alleged immigration violations. The harm Arpaio inflicted on people of color and poor people are notorious, but for many years went unnoticed. Pan Left took this head on back in 2012 with the release of UNDER ARPAIO.  The documentary highlighted many tragedies by the self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff, but also the courageous fight for justice against Arpaio by people in Phoenix.  Jason Michael Aragón directed the film and offers a reflection on recent events.
Under Arpaio available to watch on YouTube
Under Arpaio available to watch on YouTube
Back in 2009 I made many trips to Phoenix doing interviews for Under Arpaio and it seemed at the time it was almost impossible to imagine a day where Sheriff Joe Arpaio would be answering to a judge in court.  Not because there wasn’t plenty of reasons for him to face a courtroom, but because the “America’s Toughest Sheriff” persona of Sheriff Joe was at a peak. It was the rise of the worst anti-Mexican hatred we’ve seen in Arizona.  Arpaio had taken center stage in the media as a celebrity expert for immigration issues in the news.  SB1070, Immigration Reform, and ICE collaboration with police were all topics news anchors would look to Arpaio for his so called “expertise”.

Now in 2015, Arpaio faces contempt charges by a Federal Judge this week in a Phoenix courtroom and it seems his invincible persona has left the room as Deputies testify to his guilt and even one of his attorneys

Under Arpaio poster

quit. The irony of it all is that this contempt hearing is from a racial profiling lawsuit that resulted in Federal orders to stop Arpaio from enforcing immigration laws at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and he admitted guilt in an attempt to avoid being charged with contempt.  The “immigration expert” of Arizona back then has failed so miserably to remain credible, but then his credibility was never something news media was interested in.

When making Under Arpaio there was so many horrific tales of abuse that were told to us from incredible journalists and brave people affected by Arpaio’s raids and brutal jails that it was always curious to me that the Sheriff was given automatic media time to discuss immigration issues.  As I think back, getting informed about the issue of immigration in mainstream media didn’t seem to be the priority.  Getting ratings requires getting attention and Arpaio had plenty of ammunition for attention with tent jails, massive roundups of migrant workers, and being beloved by Neo Nazis. That made any cable news channel excited.  For me, that was the real tragedy. The story of people victimized by Arpaio’s cruel injustice got lost in the noise of his publicity.  I think that’s what made me spend all those hours driving to Phoenix and collecting those stories. It seemed Arpaio’s voice would always be louder and muffle the chorus of masses of people fed up with him.  To document some of these voices helped me believe that perhaps these stories would not be forgotten.  I hope after the trial people understand the enormous capital and collateral damage of lives it took to get Arpaio just to sit in a courtroom and be charged with contempt.  The lives lost in his jails, rape victims ignored, and families broken by immigration raids will never be given justice by a contempt charge. Let’s hope that this could help bring about true accountability to abusers of power in this nation, especially those in power with many guns and a live satellite interview.

Jason Michael Aragón is a member and filmmaker with Pan Left Productions since 2005. He is currently the Executive Director for Pan Left. Under Arpaio was the winner of Best of Arizona at the Arizona International Film Festival in 2012

For over 20 years, Pan Left Productions has been giving free media tools to people telling their own stories from our communities, and we do it with your support. Please help keep our cameras rolling. Make a donation here.
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Borderlands Theater- General Audition Notice 15/16 Season

General Auditions for our 15/16 season, Let’s make theater together! 

Borderlands Theater General Audition Notice!

We are holding auditions for our 15/16 season, come play with us! 

When: Monday April 27, 2015


Time: 15 min slots available between 6pm-9:30pm   

Actors of all ethnicities and ages are welcomed. Latinas/os and other actors of color are highly encouraged to audition. Please bring a headshot and resume with you. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue is recommended.

Call (520) 882-8607 or email miltaortiz@gmail.com to schedule an audition.

The plays:



Told from various perspectives, this fact-based docudrama examines the banning of Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District as the people involved struggle to hold onto their identity, their community and their humanity.


La Pastorela

A Tucson holiday tradition returns! Shepherds make the harrowing journey to find the baby Jesus. Generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2015’s biggest political and pop cultural events


Barrio Stories Project

Involving communal memory, food sharing, and reclaiming of space, this innovative, site specific event is based on the oral histories of former residents of the neighborhood demolished with the building of the Tucson Convention Center in the 1960s.


Ghosts of Lote Bravo

Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, has disappeared in the desert outside Ciudad Juarez. Through

visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter

had hopes, dreams, and courage Juanda knew nothing about. 

Call (520) 882-8607 or email miltaortiz@gmail.com to schedule an audition.


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The Screening Room- 2015 Arizona International Film Festival LAST WEEKEND TO SEE GREAT INDIE FILMS




Almost There

Dan Rybicky/Aaron Wickenden, USA, 2014, 93 min.


Peter Anton is an elderly artist living in poor conditions until he befriends two filmmakers. Shot over eight years, this documentary captures Anton’s first major art exhibition and the controversy it generates. By highlighting the people in Anton’s community compelled to help this hilarious and heartbreaking character, this coming-of-(old)-age story explores the intersections of social norms, elder care, and artistic expression.


Filmmaker in attendance.


$6.00 admission

Friday, April 24 – 6:00 p.m.

Death on a Rock

Scott Ballard, USA, 2015, 82 min.


Follow Lillian on her trip to sea to reflect upon mortality. A vibrantly shot tale that drifts between memories and shifting consciousness, this film portrays one woman’s solitary reflection on a year of happiness, pain, and growth.


Filmmaker in attendance.


$8.00 admission


Friday, April 24 – 8:00 p.m.

A Ghost and the Boy [with a Box on his Head]

Philip Blue, USA, 2014, 72 min.


Eighteen-year-old Theo has an encounter with Sadie, his image of a perfect girl who lives deep within his subconscious. Unaware that others cannot see her, he is sent to a mental hospital where Theo travels deep into his imagination with Sadie.


Filmmaker in attendance.


$6.00 admission


Friday, April 24 – 10:00 p.m.

The Backward Class

Madeleine Grant, Canada, 2014, 91 min.


A class of Dalit (untouchable) caste students prepares for the national high school graduation exams. As the first group of Dalit to undertake this endeavor, pressures are high. The opportunity to graduate and attend college could potentially break these students and their families out of a cycle of poverty that has disadvantaged them for generations.


$6.00 admission


Saturday, April 25 – 2:00 p.m.

Sanctuary: A Documentary 

Colton Shone, USA, 2015, 62 min.


An undocumented immigrant who has lived in the United States for over ten years faces federal deportation proceedings. Southside Presbyterian, a Tucson-area church with a history of providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants, opens its doors for the man and his family. They will stay on the church property until the federal government reverses its decision.


Panel discussion with filmmaker will follow the screening.


$6.00 admission


Saturday, April 25 – 4:00 p.m.


Robert Loomis, USA, 2015, 85 min.


When one of their teammates is killed in an accident,  a group of female rugby players join together to fulfill the deceased’s final wishes. The group steals their teammate’s body to carry out her plan in defiance of her family and the law.


Filmmaker in attendance.


$8.00 admission


Saturday, April 25 – 7:00 p.m.


Get on board and see the award winning films from the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.

Check our website filmfestivalarizona.com for the selected films.

Marathon Ticket: $10; Individual Shows: $6

Sunday, April 26

12:00 noon, 1:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

All films play at

The Screening Room

127 East Congress Downtown

on the Modern Streetcar line

Visit filmfestivalarizona.com for more information about the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival. 

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