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The Writers Studio- Join us for an evening of craft and conversation!

Join us for an evening of craft and conversation!
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The Writers Studio Tucson Lecture Series presents…

Light to Dark: Using Mood to Create an Effective Narrator

Join us for an evening of craft and conversation featuring local Tucson writers Donna Aversa, Phil Ivory, and Lilian Vercauteren.

When: Thursday, March 23, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Woods Memorial Library (3455 N. 1st Ave)

This event is free and open to everyone.

The moderated panel discussion will feature these Tucson Literary Luminaries:

  • Donna Aversa is a fiction writer who has studied and trained to teach at The Writers Studio Tucson, and is passionate about The Writers Studio method. With degrees from the University of Arizona, she is an attorney in private practice. Donna is currently working on a collection of short stories.
  • Phil Ivory studied literature at Columbia University. His fiction has been published in The Airgonaut, Literally Stories, Devolution Z, Bewildering Stories and elsewhere. Nominated in 2017 for the Pushcart Prize, he was previously a winner of the 2015 Writers Studio “Write-to-Read” contest and Bewildering Stories’ 2016 Mariner Awards. Phil teaches at The Writers Studio Tucson and maintains a blog at writeyourselfsane.com.
  • In her early twenties, Lilian Vercauteren came to the US to see what the fuss was all about. More than a decade later, she has only barely scratched the surface of discovering the American spirit. She has written and published several short stories and is currently querying a novel length manuscript with literary agents. She is an alumni of The Writers Studio Tucson Master Class.
Questions? Contact Reneé Bibby at renee@writerstudio.com or 520-591-8795.
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University of Arizona Poetry Center- March 2017 Events

Here’s what’s coming up this month!
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Tucson Festival of Books

March 11 & 12

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will read as part of our participation in the Poetry Coalition’s March programming on the theme “Because We Come From Everything: Poetry & Migration.” The theme is taken from a line from Herrera’s poem Borderbus.

Also join us for readings by Karen Brennan, Alberto Ríos, Emmy Peréz, Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Patricia Murphy, Joni Wallace, Johanna Skibsrud, Monica Youn, Dana Levin, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Alison Deming. Details on the poets and locations of these readings on the Tucson Festival of Books website.

March Events

Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-In-Translation: Forrest Gander: March 2, Thursday at 7:00 PM / Gander will read translations of Pablo Neruda as part of our annual Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading featuring translators of poetry, international poets, and writers and scholars working with the boundless possibilities of translation. Learn more about this annual reading.

Forrest Gander in Phoenix: March 3, Friday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Forrest Gander, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum. 
Community Event: Open Mic: March 4, Saturday at 12:00 PM / Poetry Center Docents host an Open Mic Event and all are welcome. 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 at the Poetry Center.

Pō é tree: Emily Dickinson’s “Gorgeous Nothings”:  March 4, Saturday at 3:00 PM / Pō é tree is a 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.

Rescheduled: Poets Pedal: March 5, Sunday at 12:00 PM / On Sunday, March 5th, join Living Streets Alliance, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona for Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy. To buy tickets, please visit Edible Baja Arizona here.

A Closer Look Book Club- “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga: March 8, 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.

Johanna Skibsrud & Cynthia Hogue: March 9, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Johanna Skibsrud and Cynthia Hogue, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Tucson Festival of Books Readings: March 11 & 12, Saturday & Sunday / Join us for readings by Karen Brennan, Alberto Ríos, Emmy Peréz, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Patrica Murphy, Joni Wallace, Johanna Skibsrud, Monica Youn, Dana Levin, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Alison Deming, and Tucson’s new Poet Laureate (TBA). Details on the poets and locations of these readings on the Tucson Festival of Books website.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Billy Collins: March 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.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poems of Jim Harrison:  March 23, 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.

Rodrigo Toscano: March 23, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Rodrigo Toscano, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Family Day: March 25, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Activities for the whole family. Creative writing workshops at 10:00 a.m., a breakfast concert featuring poet and fiddler Ken Waldman, healthy food, coffee, begins at 11:00 a.m.

UA Prose Series: Jenny Ofill & Lydia Millet: March 30, 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 UA Poetry Center is proud to present Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation and Last Things, and Lydia Millet, author of the recently published Sweet Lamb of Heaven. 

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The National Writers Union Tucson- Hosting Norah Booth at new location and open mic

The National Writers Union Tucson- Hosting Norah Booth at new location and open mic

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GDCA – February 2017 Invites you to two receptions “Echoes” & “Presidential Distress”

GDCA cordially invites you to join us for our February, 2017 Artist Reception,
celebrating not one, but two exhibits this month: “Echoes” & “Presidential Distress”.

“Echoes” is a group-show, featuring Mixed Media Works, Digital Art and Paintings.

“Presidential Distress” is a solo offering in 2 parts, of Architect/Artist/Activist
Neil Bernstein, whose politically charged installations have gained attention
since his internationally exhibited museum works collection of
“9.11 WTC Ash-works & Debris Memorial Paintings”.
This month he is launching his latest series of “Presidential Distress Flags”.

What ties both exhibitions together, is an inherent advocacy and expression of diversity,
while examining the dialectics of the ‘American Dream’, as it is being redefined.

Additionally, we are excited to announce a surprise-unveiling of the most recent
and final piece in artist Ni Li’s ‘We Are Parts of the Culture’
Calligraphy – Mixed Media series: “Velvet Dreamers”!

Please join us!

WHEN: Saturday, February 18th from 6pm – 10pm.
WHERE: GDCA Gallery / 727 South Spring Street / Los Angeles, CA 90014 (between 7th & 8th Streets)


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Society of Southwestern Authors- John Newport Presents “Heroes of the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords & Lessons to be Learned”

The Society of Southwestern Authors
 Forum
Feb.19th,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.
John Newport
Presents
“Heroes of the Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords & Lessons to be Learned”
**(Also SSA pays Tribute to Penny Porter for her years of hard work and many contributions to the writing community of Tucson and SSA. Yea Penny!)
**Please save March 4th, 2017 for our NEW SSA
Self-Publishing Expo to be held at the Expo Center on Irvington** Please check the website: www.tucsonselfpublishingexpo.com for exciting details and plan to join the fun. Win the raffle prize-enjoy a weekend in Napa Valley in fabulous wine country.
Forum Reservations:
**Email Only Please: ssabrunches@gmail.com
 Phone# 520-809-5008 leave a message for Danette
by Wednesday Feb.15th,2017
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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Neil Bernstein Artist- Art Exhibition PRESIDENTIAL DISTRESS

Subject: “PRESIDENTIAL DISTRESS-9.11″Art exhibition Downtown L.A. opens February 9th Artwalk @GDCA Gallery 727 S. Spring st 90014
To: “CRRREATORS REVOLUTIONARYARTS” <CRRREATORS@gmail.com>, “Neil Bernstein” <nybernstein@gmail.com>
Cc:

PBS, Univision, CBS, Telemundo, NBC, NPR, S.A.TV , NOVA TV Eastern Bloc Europe . “Born on Memorial Day” Commander-“Creative Department of Defense” ” Crrreators ” see” The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations” “Trans-Pacific WWII -Japan Memorial 2017″ , Intelligent museum, diplomatic, and public arts since 1976 U.S. Army Artist Ft. Gordon, Ft. Jackson etc. . Designed and built First-responder memorials from wreckage at World Trade Center 2001-2003 , The New Lincoln Veterans Memorial 2015-, Golden Gates Immigration Water Bridge -Memorial gateways @U.S.-Mexico Borders, FEMA Area 3 Seaside Heights NJ, Lower 9th Ward- Hurricane Katrina, The Working Man’s Memorial -Scranton, Pennsylvania . International media spokesman for” Art After 9/11″ . Bringing museum Arts and memorials to the six-O’clock news since 9/11. Museum exhibitions: The
Netherlands, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Israel and America since 1989. Museum -University lectures on request.

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Playwrights Foundation-Tearrance Chisholm’s HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES a HUGE HIT

THE REWRITE:

February 2 2017

We Couldn’t Be Prouder!!
Playwrights Foundation Alumnus
Tearrance Chisholm‘s
HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES

a HUGE HIT At DC’s Mosaic Theater!

A timely, irreverent examination of growing up black in America by rising-star local playwright (and PF Alum) Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm.  Now through Feb 19th.

From its reading at the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival to this world premiere major production in Washington DC, HOODED has traveled a long way in a short time.
It’s a testament to both the brilliance and timeliness of the play and the success of PF’s playwright development process!

But don’t take OUR word for it:


“Breathtakingly on-point new comedy”

-Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

DON’T MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING


by Novid Parsi

directed by
Torange Yeghiazarian

Mon 2/27  7:30PM
Roble Hall, Stanford
Tues 2/28 2PM
Custom Made Theatre

Pay What You CanReserve a seat HERE

From our Friends at PLAYGROUND

Discount Code GTP10

February 2-19 (Thu-Sat 8pm / Sun 7pm)

Potrero Stage (formerly Thick House)

1695 18th Street

San Francisco

(415) 992-6677

 

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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