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The National Writers Union Tucson- hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, November 20


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University of Arizona Poetry Center- November 2017 Events

Coming up this month at the Poetry Center.

November Events

Annual In Memoriam Reading: November 1, Wednesday at 5:30 PM / Join the Tucson community for a docent-led reading featuring the voices of poets who are deceased but whose legacy lives on in this celebration.  This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading: Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu: November 2, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu in Phoenix: November 3, Friday at 7:00 PM/ The Poetry Center is proud to present Layli Long Soldier and Timothy Yu. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Open Mic:  November 4, Saturday at 11:30 AM / Poetry Center Docents host their monthly Open Mic event. The open mic will be round-robin style, which means each attendant will have the chance to share their own or a favorite poem. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Pō é tree: Women Poets Speaking of Trees: November 4, Saturday at 3:00 PM / Pō é tree is a docent-led partnership between the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum and is held under the trees on the Campus Arboretum in front of Herring Hall.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Mary RuefleNovember 9, Thursday at 2:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Oro Valley Public Library.UA Prose Series: Rubén Martínez: November 9, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The UA Prose Series, curated by faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. The Poetry Center is proud to present Rubén Martínez. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Literary Fiction Book Club – “Mister Monkey” by Francine Prose: November 15, Wednesday at 5:00 PM / To participate in a Book Club conversation, just read the book and join us on the red couches in the lobby of the Poetry Center.

Family Day: November 18, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Family Day is a day of workshops, music, activities, and refreshments just for kids ages 0 to 13 and their parents and guardians. It’s free and open to the public, and is a great way to engage with your child through reading, writing, play, and dance.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Ted Kooser: November 18, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Kirk-Bear Canyon Poetry Circle: Mark Doty: November 27, Monday at 1:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.

Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Harjo hosted by Natalie Diaz at the Phoenix Art Museum: December 1, Friday at 7:00 PM / Seating for this event in Whiteman Hall is now SOLD OUT.  There may be limited additional seating in Whiteman Hall on the night of the event on a first come, first served basis, to be released 5 minutes before the event starts.  Additionally, 200 overflow seats and a live feed video system will be set up in the Great Hall adjacent to Whiteman Hall for those without seats in the auditorium.

Three literary legends come together at the Phoenix Art Museum to read from their own writing, as well as to discuss and celebrate the respective and collective impacts of their work over the years. This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Blog Roundup

Did you know we collected our 50,000th book? Read about this exciting addition to our collection here.

Natalie Welch brings us an interview with writer and educator Lisa M. O’Neill (Writing & Teaching Social Justice: An Interview w/ Lisa M. O’Neill)

Alexandra Barylski continues her series on embodied poetics (Vapor Through Various Satins)

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Mattie Lennon Irish Author-THE STORY OF  A BRAVE GARDA Review


By Mattie Lennon.

    “ In An Garda Siochana . . . loyalty is prized over Honesty.”   (Judge Peter Smithwick.)

  I have just  read a book which should appear on the bestseller list. If it doesn’t there is something wrong somewhere.

  Whistle-blowers and some Gardaí always got a bad press.  Whistle-blowers were called “squealers”, “Stool-Pigeons”, “rats” and many more uncomplimentary names. It’s not long ago since the editor of a provincial paper wrote in an Editorial, , “Those are the same sort of people who would slip in through the back door of the RIC barracks in the dead of night to inform on their neighbours in more turbulent times. They are the poisoned possessors of little minds.  . .”

   Acclaimed writer Stan Gebler Davis wrote, “Policemen, as a rule, are not very bright; if they were they wouldn’t be policeman.”

   One of the most famous whistle-blowers of recent times is Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe.    His story is told in a recently published book “A Force for Justice” by award-winning journalist Michael Clifford.  Michael was Print Journalist of the Year in 2014 and Newspaper Industries Journalist of the Year 2016. He has written many non-fiction bestsellers and crime fiction novels.

  Maurice McCabe didn’t set out to be a whistleblower but he did set out, from a very young age, to be a Garda.  As a twelve-year old schoolboy he made that clear.  When his class were given an exercise to map out their lives from the cradle to the grave young Maurice made it clear that he was   “  . . . going to be the head of the Guards one day.”   Calvin Harris said, “When I was eight I wanted to be a policeman so that I could tell people off.” Maurice McCabe didn’t want to be able to tell people off. He wanted to be a good cop who would do things right and make Ireland and the world a better place. His first application was rejected because he was an eighth of an inch too small.  On the second application he was deemed “too light to serve.”

  Tenacity and cohesion won the day ; he was accepted on the third attempt and in August 1985 Maurice McCabe walked into the Garda Training   College in Templemore, County Tipperary.  In 1999 he was promoted  to the rank of Sergeant.  As a sergeant in County Cavan he found the incompetence and corruption too much. In 2008 he complained  about shoddy and inadequate investigations into serious crime in County Cavan.  He paid a big price.  A rough ride lay ahead of him. He was at the receiving end of vilification, bullying and harassment.  Some of his subordinates turned against him. Commissioner Martin Callinan publically described his actions as “disgusting.”   When I saw the clip on television I asked myself, “Is this the sort of statement we should expect from a two-time  graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.”   Later Superintendent  David Taylor   admitted to Maurice, “ We wanted to destroy you.”

      When  Maurice McCabe’s  detractors  referred to him as a “stickler” it wasn’t meant as a compliment but all right-thinking people know that it means a person who insists on doing the right thing, and insists that others do it, unyieldingly.

In 2002 a penalty points system was introduced for a number of motoring offences, the most prominent being speeding.  This system along with the establishment of the Road Safety  Authority in 2006 led to a incredible reduction in road deaths.  When Sergeant Maurice McCabe discovered that a large number of Fixed Charge Notices were being cancelled by senior officers he did some digging.  The results have been well documented .  He showed that he was not part of the “blue glue”  which enabled  Gardai to stick together when they closed ranks.

  On  World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, 20th November 2016,  Sergeant Maurice McCabe was  presented with the ambassador of the Year Award for Road Safety and Road Victims. When the brave sergeant stepped up the    microphone he said,  “ I tried to make a difference and I think I have.”

   Martin Callinan retired  in  2014 and his successor, Commissioner Noreen O Sullivan, retired in August 2017.  The commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland has warned the government not to appoint a new commissioner too quickly. It could be six months before the next commissioner is appointed.   But what sort of a person do we want in the position?   Sunday Independent journalist  Eoghan Harris put it in a nutshell,  ” What the Garda needs right now is a fearless Irish cop cut from the same  cloth as Maurice McCabe”.

  Maurice McCabe and his family have travelled a horrific journey and Michael Clifford brings the reader every step of the way with them.

   “ A Force for Justice” is published by Hachette Books Ireland  and details are available from Sharon Plunkett at;

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Great Book Deals Sept 2016 -New Release from Bestselling Author Mary Campisi

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- September 17, 1017 Writers Forum Alan M. Petrillo Presents Writing Historical Fiction: Getting It Right 

The Society of Southwestern Authors
September 17th, 2017
At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Tucson
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.
  Alan M. Petrillo
Writing Historical Fiction: Getting It Right 
 Al is the author of 3 historical mysteries, and 5 books on historical military firearms. Al lives in Tucson. He writes full-time for national, regional and local magazines and newspapers. 
**SSA is changing up our meeting and our format.
Our format will alternate as follows: Workshop on the 3rd Saturday began in August (cost of $5 no lunch) followed the next month by a regular Forum Format in September on a Sunday still $25 still includes lunch still need RSVP. And so on. October- Workshop. November- Forum. ETC.
All workshops will be on Saturdays. All Forums will be on Sundays.
 Forum Reservations: RSVP
**Email or
 Phone# 520-444-8253 leave a message for Mary Ann Carman
(SSA’s new Secretary)
by Wednesday September13th,2017
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door
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Kore Press Editors & Artists Dinner- SAVE THE DATE A Community Mixer


Wed, Oct 18, 6-8pm
Kore Press Editors & Artists Dinner
A Community Mixer

in Tucson

Claudia Rankine, contributor to Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing

Kore Press hosts an Editors & Artists Dinner and community mixer to offer a welcome to, and connect community with, visiting artists and thinkers arriving in Tucson for three days of the Thinking Its Presence Conference, including many contributors to the Letters to the Future anthology (forthcoming January 2018 from Kore). We offer a pre-conference landing pad, local food, and welcoming space on the eve before the conference at the UA Poetry Center.

Dinner is followed by a reading with Salvadoran poet, Javier Zamora, hosted by POG.

from our sexy brains to yours
Kore Press & KXCI community radio partner on a new podcast series 
Kore Press & KXCI at Hotel Congress 

Kore Press and KXCI, Tucson’s community-supported radio station, are excited to partner with live interviews featuring Letters to the Future artists at the new downtown KXCI / Hotel Congress studio! The podcast interviews are part of Kore’s exciting pre-publication events featuring many of the contributors to the anthology who will be visiting Tucson October 18-21 for the Thinking Its Presence 2017: Race, Advocacy and Solidarity in the Arts conference.

Details to come

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240 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

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