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Aaron M. Ritchey Author- THE NEVER PRAYER


by Aaron M. Ritchey

Torn between her love for an Angel and a Demon, Lena thinks she knows the difference between Heaven and Hell.  She never had a prayer …

“Beautiful writing and a story of courage, hope and unselfish love mark this as a not-to-be-missed debut from an exceptionally gifted new talent.  I look forward to moe from Aaron Ritchey.”- Jeanne C. Stein, bestselling author of the ANNA STRONG CHRONICLES

“An engrossing supernatural smackdown between good and evil.”- Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of the FELIX GOMEX VAMPIRE series

Available from Crescent Moon Press


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Larry Stillman Author- THE ROPE CATCHER


by Larry Stillman

Larry Stillman’s THE ROPE CATCHER is now available on Amazon.com in hard cover and Kindle edition.

It is April of 1942 and 28-year-old Jimmie Goodluck leads an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, where he knows only poverty, prejudice and lack of opportunity.  Everything changes when he hears a Marine Corps recruitment message on the radio.  Without a second thought Jimmie heads out toward what he hopes will be a new and meaningful life.

As a marine recruit, Jimmie becomes a code talker.  He and his small, all Navajo platoon develop a classified code using the Navajo language – the only code in WWII the enemy could not break.  For the first time, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and admiration: everything he’s dreamed about all his life.  But it is when he retunrs home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true.

This entralling (and well reviewed) tale, told with keen historical accuracy combines both fictional and real-lfe individuals.  It depicts Jimmie’s journey of hope, disillusionment, and redeption as he immerses himself in a world war and the turbulent changes that sweep across the Navajo reservation, forever his own destiny.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors  Feb-March 2015

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Antigone Books- Pima Writers Workshop & Hear Author David Joiner LOTUSLAND


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Indie Day Drawing Winners!
This past Saturday we had a wonderful turn out to celebrate Independent
 Bookstore Day!
Thanks to everyone who came in!
Winner of the author scavenger hunt drawing:
Pat E.

Winner of the general drawing:
Sara D.

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th!

We have a wonderful selection of cards, gifts, and books!

Come on in to pick up the perfect little something!

Issue: #155
May 6, 2015

Upcoming Events
Previously announced: Friday, May 15 at 7 PM:  Michelle Tea, author of How to Grow Up: A Memoir (Plume, $16.00)[more]

Friday, May 22 at 7 PM: Join us to hearDavid Joiner author of the new novel,Lotusland (Guernica, $25.00). Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Saigon who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from herdesperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering  friend in Hanoi who hires Nathan at his real estate firm. Only much later does Nathan discover that Anthony has intended all along for him to take over his job and family so that he, too, can escape and start his life over in America.

Pima Writers’ Workshop Thurs 5/28 – Sun 5/31
Are you a writer?  You might want to consider this opportunity!  Authors and literary agents from across the country will come to Pima Community College at the end of this month for the 27th annual Pima Writers’ Workshop.
The three and a half day workshop features readings, manuscript consultations and lectures.
The Pima Writers’ Workshop is for all writers, beginning and experienced,” said Meg Files, the PCC West Campus writing instructor organizing the event.  “The workshop offers opportunities to talk and consult with professional writers and agents, as well as to write.”
Link to PDF with more info here.

Cost is $150.00
You can register by phone at (520) 206-6468
For more Information, contact:
Meg Files, Pima Writers’ Workshop Director
(520) 206-6084. E-mail: mfiles@pima.edu

Mindfulness Book Group
For the month of May, the Mindfulness Book Group will be reading and discussing From Mindfulness to Heartfulness, by Dr. Alane Daugherty (Balboa Press $19.99)

NOTE: This month the group will be meeting on the
5th Sunday – May 31st – at 2PM

Most of us live our lives worn out with stress, anxiety, and emotional chaos.  From Mindfulness to Heartfulness offers another path.
It invites you on your own transformative journey to live life at your fullest capacity. It will show you how you have become who you are, and it will offer you a blueprint for change. It will show you that love, compassion, and connection are trainable and allow you to tap into your deepest potential. It will show you that healing is possible through heartfulness for yourself, and it will demonstrate the transformative power of every moment.

 Book Group Selections are 10% Off

for one full Month Before the Meeting.

Antigone Books | 411 N. 4th Ave | Tucson | AZ | 85705

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Playwrights Foundation May 7, 2015- Interview with a Playwright: Lauren Gunderson & 2015 Rough Readings Season

  • Playwrights FoundatioMay 7, 2015- Interview with a Playwright: Lauren Gunderson & 2015 Rough Readings Season 


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The University of Arizona Poetry Center- May 2015

May at the Poetry Center
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I write this with the Sonoran desert a full flower factory. All around town, saguaros are putting on their crowns of white and yellow flowers. It’s been a remarkable year in this landscape, and we’ve had quite a year at the Poetry Center, too—one that brought us much exciting programming, including a visit from virtuosic Walt Whitman illustrator Allen Crawford, whose illuminated version of Whitman’s iconic “Song of Myself” reinvented the old poem anew. In collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, we hosted the exhibit “Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan,” a landmark translation and photo documentary work that doubly functions as long-form journalism about the cultural realities of Pashtun women in contemporary Afghanistan and as a breathtaking work of art. We offered literary discussion groups and offsite poetry events and collaborated with partners across the university and city. Our K-12 education programs thrived, including the launch of eight-week-long creative writing residencies in local schools.

We depend on your support, and your gifts make a critical difference in how we program from year to year.  For our 2015-16 season, more than 80% of our programming budget must be raised privately. Support the literary arts in Tucson!  Please make a generous new gift to the Poetry Center today!

– TYLER MEIER, Executive Director

Summer Events at the Poetry Center

Our summer calendar of events has been published to our website and soon will arrive as a postcard in your mailbox if you’re on our snail-mail list! We’re delighted to be showingBeyond Word and Image, an exhibition of art by members of PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists, along with an opening reception on June 4. Our summer resident poet Hieu Minh Nguyen reads with Matt Bell on July 23. We’re offering three Whitman Circle summer socials in July and August, including a talk by Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos on Magical Realism in the 21st Century, a talk by poet Shelly Taylor on Hick Poetics, and a screening of Even Though the Whole World is Burning, a documentary about the poet and environmentalist W.S. Merwin.

Summer Creative Workshops at the Poetry Center

This summer we’re offering great creative writing workshops, each designed to help you take the next step forward in your writing life. But with so many compelling courses on offer, you may be having difficulty picking one. If so, this resource, which we call You Should Take This Course If, is for you! “Clarity Demystified: A Poetry Workshop” with Christopher Nelson is sold out, but you can still grab your spot in the following courses.

You should take Dislocating the Prose Poem: A Generative Workshop and Survey, taught by Jamison Crabtree, if:

  • You’ve ever wondered how the structure of a language can influence the ways its speakers approach the world.
  • You’ve ever rearranged the objects on a desk, in a room, or anywhere, trying to make the space feel just right.
  • You’ve ever watched a large cat fit itself into a small box and wondered, “What does that cat think it’s doing?”

You should take The Art of Research: Collaging the Personal Essay, taught by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, if:

  • You have noticed yourself, of late, loudly referring to Maggie Nelson as a goddess.
  • The first few pages of Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje make you want to throw the book across the room in an explosion of creative overstimulation.
  • Your favorite thing about traveling is people-watching at the airport.

You should take Shaping Text with Letterpress, taught by Amanda Beekhuizen, if:

  • You’re interested in thinking about words visually.
  • You’re looking to collect some new tools for your toolbox: typesetting, linocut, and simple bookbinding.
  • You want to work with your hands and get inky!

You should take Cut to the Chase: Creating Plot in Fiction, taught by Ted McLoof, if:

  • You want to learn how to grab readers by the eyeballs—and hold on until you’re good and ready to let them go.
  • You wish to wield the powers of narrative persuasion, seduction, and thrill.
  • You want someone to win a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for optioning your perfect story!

You should take The Fact of Fiction: Turning Life into Story, taught by Ted McLoof, if:

  • You want to learn the important difference between a story, and the story of your life.
  • You’re a card-carrying member of the Raymond Carver Fan Forever Club.
  • You want to turn the sloppy highs and lows of your existence into the start of a sharp, faceted short story.

Poetry Center Awarded NEA Art Works Grant

We’re thrilled to announce that Poetry Center has been selected to receive a $10,000 NEA Art Works grant in support of our efforts in the upcoming year. Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. The grant to the Poetry Center is one of 1,023 awards the NEA will make in this funding round, totaling $74.3 million. We are deeply grateful to the NEA for supporting our work in Southern Arizona and beyond!

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