University of Arizona Poetry Center- Here’s what’s going on at the Poetry Center this month

Here’s what’s going on at the Poetry Center this month.
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The University of Arizona Poetry Center is excited to announce that we will be hosting the 2017 Thinking Its Presence Conference, to be held in October of this year.

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February 15 is the deadline to apply for our Summer Residency Program. To learn more about this incredible opportunity to spend two weeks with us during the summer, click here.
February Events

Community Event: Open Mic: February 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: “Ecopoetry- Bearing Witness to the Earth:  February 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.

A Closer Look Book Club- “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante: February 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.

Climate Change + Poetry: Alison Hawthorne Deming: February 16, Thursday at 7:00 PM / UA Poetry Center features world-class poets as they address what overlaps, contradictions, mutual challenges, and confluences the categories of Climate Change & Poetry share with each other in a series of investigative readings. Please bundle up! This event will likely be cold and we will open our doors to accommodate everyone.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Alberto Álvaro Ríos: February 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.

Poets Pedal: February 19, Sunday at 12:00 PM / Join Living Streets Alliance, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona for Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy. Tickets can be purchased here.

Joshua Edwards: Castles and Islands: February 21 to April 22 / Castles and Islands is an exhibition of photographs from the recent book by poet Joshua Edwards. Taking as their starting point the photo postcard, the images explore photography as a poetic form that engages monumentality, nostalgia, and the epistolary nature of all poems.

Gallery Talk: Joshua Edwards: February 21, Tuesday at 7:00 PM / Meet the Artist: Artist-poet Joshua Edwards will discuss Castles and Islands, which will be on exhibit at the Poetry Center. This talk takes place in the Poetry Center’s Jeremy Ingalls Gallery.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: UA Poetry Center Staff Readings (Wendy Burk & Renee Angle): February 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.

Amos Kennedy Print Sale and Screening of Documentary “Proceed and Be Bold!”: February 24, Friday at 4:00 PM / Join us for a print sale of Amos Paul Kennedy’s wonderful letterpress prints from 4-5pm at the Poetry Center.  Stay for a screening of Proceed and Be Bold!, the documentary on Kennedy’s life and work, screening from 5-6:30pm in the Dorothy Rubel Room.

Family Day: February 25, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Activities for the whole family. Creative writing workshops at 10:00 a.m., a breakfast concert featuring Davis Bilingual Elementary’s mariachi band Las Aguilitas, healthy food, coffee, begins at 11:00 a.m.

Kirk-Bear Canyon Poetry Circle: Cowboy Poetry: February 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.

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- February 2017 Writers Forum Hosts John Newport HEROES OF THE SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

The Society of Southwestern Authors- February 2017 Writers Forum Hosts John Newport HEROES OF THE SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

This past January 8 marked the sixth anniversary of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, which claimed six lives and seriously injured 19 other innocent people.  John Newport, author THE TUCSON TRAGEDY: LESSONS FROM THE SENSELESS SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. will share his observations of the heroic deeds on the day of the shooting and the months that followed, together with key lessons to be learne from this horrific event.

John was relitively new to Tucson the day of the shooting and lived a few blocks south of the Safeway where the shooting took place.  He slept in that morning and would have attended the Congresswoman’s “Congress on your corner” event if he’d known it was taking place.

He is a prolific author and socio-political commentator with four books under his belt and 400 published articles and opinion pieces.  Following release of THE TUCSON TRAGEDY he appeared on several local TV stations and initiated a column in THE TUCSON CITIZEN titled “Healing Tucson and Our Nation.  He frequently contributes letters and columns addressing pressing social to the ARIZONA DAILY STAR, ARIZONA CAPITAL TIMES. SEATTLE POSTINTELLIGENCER and other publications and a regular guest on the JOHN C. SCOTT SHOW on radio KEVT 1210 AM.

John will sign copies of THE TUCSON TRAGEDY for interest attendees following his talk.  He will make the book available at a special price $15.00 (including tax) and $12.50 for two or more copies.

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Odyssey Storytelling- Presents MISSION

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Odyssey Storytelling Presents!


Thursday, February 2nd
(Doors Open at 6:30)

Come enjoy an exciting night of schemes, dreams, and heroic deeds.  We’ll hear stories about a military mission in the Middle East as well as a missionary trip to the Sudan. And we’ll also hear from ordinary people who chose a target and took their best shot, hit or miss.

Political Cartoonist: David Wayne Fitzsimmons
Firefighter: Ardell Deliz
U.S. Air Force Linguist Jordan Wilson
Former Missionary: Ellen Morrell
Emergency Dispatcher: Steve Braun
Chef & Activist:  Liane Hernandez
Mission San Xavier Del Bac Restoration Expert: Timothy Lewis

Curated by Molly McCloy

$8 Adults, $6 Students with ID

For more info, visit our website.

Buy tickets here!

Show @ 7pm, Doors open at 6:30
The Screening Room: 127 E. Congress St.

Tickets $8
Students $6!! (with valid ID at door)

*Advance ticketing is open seating (not a specific seat). Be sure to PRINT YOUR TICKETS at home and show them at the door.

Where do I park downtown?

Got Stories? We want them.

To submit your story for consideration, send us a one-paragraph synopsis of your story and a brief bio about you.  Or Submit your story online here.

Don’t worry! We have a rehearsal and offer lots of guidance. 

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Storytelling is important.  Please consider giving a tax deductible donation.  You can mail your check or you can use this link:

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Tucson AZ 85717

Odyssey is a program of STORYARTS GROUP, INC., a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. All donation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and they are gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Shows

Feb 2 Mission
March 2 Left
April 6 Awkward
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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- ON RAGLAN ROAD


By Mattie Lennon

“Only in you my song begins and ends.” So wrote Philip Sidney.

 When we are intrigued, uplifted or moved by a song how often do we know where it began?

  Most Irish love-songs were inspired by women. But who were these women? When you listened to Luke Kelly belting out “Raglan Road” or Brendan O Dowda’s rendition of the haunting “Gortnamona”did you wonder who the objects of the composition were?   Gerry Hanberry’s latest book “On Raglan Road – Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them”   gives the story  of the unrequited love in Patrick Kavanagh’s life when the   Medicanl Student, Hilda Moriarty admired his talent but didn’t want any romantic involvement with the 40 year old poet.  This  inspired the poem   “Raglan Road”.  The book also tells  the stories behind of thirteen  other Irish love songs and in-dept biographical accounts of their authors..  We are told in great detail who the real “Galway Girl”,Nancy Spain” and “Grace” were.  Thin Lizzy’s  “Sarah”, Mick Hanly’s “Past the Point Of Rescue”  and  Johnny Duhan’s  “The Voyage” all have strong and beautiful  women behind them.  The devastating death of Percy’s Frenh’s first wife at a  young age prompted him, in his grief, to compose “Gortnamona”. Whatever about every good man having a woman behind him does every good song have a woman behind it?  

      GerryHanberry has published four collections of poetry to date and also a biography of the Wilde family,  “More Lives Than One – The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Generations”  and four collections of poetry .   In 2000 he won the prestigious  Originals Short Story prize in Listowel Writers’ Week.     Having won the  Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Award in 2000 he went on to win the  Strokestown Prize 2003 and RTÉ’s Rattlebag Poetry Slam  also in 2003.  In the Summer of 2004 he  won the Brendan Kennelly*/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award  and he also  won the Galway City and Co. Council’s Poetry Award for National Poetry Day 2009 and  he has been shortlisted for many of Ireland’s top poetry prizes .  Apart from his writing he is acoustic guitarist and vocalist with the great Rock, Country, Blues band The Atlantic Rhythm Section.

   He has been invited to read and deliver workshops at many literature festivals and been broadcast on Lyric FM, Galway Bay FM, Newstalk, Midwest Radio, Cape Cod Radio in the US, Ireland’s RTÉ and in Australia.   He holds an MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he teaches a Creative Writing course to undergraduates. He is also a teacher of English at St. Enda’s College, Salthill. He was a journalist during the 1980s and 1990s, writing a weekly column for the Galway Observer under the name “Joe Barry”. In addition he performs regularly as a singer-songwriter. He runs  creative writing and poetry appreciation workshops and delivers talks on his non-fiction works around them .  He is available to give a reading or talk, sing or play  and can be contacted at ;

*P.S.  I hope Gerry doesn’t mind me using the following; In 2004 Brendan Kennelly wrote “ Raglan Lane “, a celebratory  “poemsong “ that gives Patrick Kavanagh a moment of happy fulfilment rather than a climax of disappointment.

                                               RAGLAN LANE.

In Raglan Lane, in the gentle rain, I saw dark love again,

Beyond belief, beyond all grief, I felt the ancient pain,

The joyful  thrust of holy lust, I stretched on heaven’s floor,

One moment burned what the years had learned and I was wild once more.

The years’ deep cries in her sad eyes became a source of light,

The heavy gloom  and sense of doom changed to pure delight,

And as we walked and talked we knew one thing for sure,

That love is blessed togetherness and loneliness is poor.

Then I grew rich with every touch, we loved the whole night long,

Her midnight hair bon the pillow there became an angel’s song,

Her happy skin, beyond all sin, was heaven opened wide,

But as the dawn came slyly on, I slept and she left my side.

Why  did she go? I’ll never know, nor will the gentle rain,

Her up and go was a cruel blow, and yet I felt no pain

For I had known her body and soul, in my own loving way,

So I lay and thanked the God of love at the dawning of the day.

Mattie Lennon

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Playwrights Foundation-Resident Playwrights Initiative



January 20, 2017

Why are these writers smiling?  Because they’re Playwrights Foundation RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS!

Meet the current cohort (clockwise from left): Michael Gene Sullivan; Jon Bernson; Victoria Chong Der; Min Kahng; E.Hunter Spreen; Lisa Ramirez; Patricia Cotter; Jonathan Spector; Dipika Guha and the newest RP, Noelle Viñas (both not pictured).

Our Resident Playwrights Initiative is a four-year professional development program that provides an artistic home and launches careers.

We’re excited to share some of their new projects – Click HERE to see a small sampling of what they’ve been up to this winter.  Celebrate creativity and the value of art – get out and see one of these fine productions!

Jon Bernson      Victoria Chong Der    Patricia Cotter

Dipika Guha     Min Kahng          Lisa Ramirez

Jonathan Spector     E. Hunter Spreen    
                           Noelle Viñas   Michael Gene Sullivan


by Jon Bernson

“One moment. The present. You are in the present moment.”
Journey with us to learn the Way of the Moonwalk.

directed by Jon Tracy

Mon 1/23  7:30PM
Roble Hall, Stanford
Tues 1/24  2PM
Custom Made Theatre

Always Pay What You CanReserve a seat HERE

This weekend in SF


E. Hunter Spreen   (Resident Playwright)
An environmental morality play.

Fri 1/20 & Sat, 1/21 at7:30PM,University High School Theater, SF

Tickets HERE

FOR TODAY: Great advice from Resident Playwright Min Kahng

Artmakers and storytellers – write books, draw comics, paint paintings, do stand-up, code video games, make movies, become a YouTube sensation, craft poetry, animate short-films, make documentaries, design fashion, sing original songs, choreograph a number, create theatre!

Make us laugh. Help us grieve, heal, and breathe.

Challenge our notions. Engage us in social dialogue.

Teach us to be kind and empathetic. Remind us who we are.

Show us who we can be.

Let’s keep inundating our culture with our varying narratives and perspectives. We’re playing a cultural long-game here – centuries in the making. We can be influencing tomorrow’s voters in profound ways today. There are short-term horrors to be concerned and grappled with to be sure, but never doubt the power of your craft to shape the country in the long-run.

(Oh, and do drag! Lots and lots of drag!)


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Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
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KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

TUCSON –One local artist and Army veteran is upset after he was allegedly pressured to take down his artwork because it bears the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

Neil Bernstein presented a collection at Espresso Art Café Friday evening. The artwork, which featured backwards American flags with ‘Trump’ emblazoned on them, was all done by disabled veterans.

“We made the flags, myself and another veteran, as a metaphor for the distress that all of us are experiencing right now on all sides,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein hoped the art would start a conversation on how divided the country is. But things took a turn for the worse after the flags were displayed in the café.

“People began protesting to the owner, demanding the ‘Trump’ name be covered up or the works would be torn down,” he said.

Bernstein said he has received numerous messages from the business owner demanding he take the pieces down, despite the fact that the exhibition isn’t supposed to be over.

He’s upset, but said he’ll take them down and display them somewhere else.

“The issuance of an order, a demand to either remove President Trump’s name, or to take the works down, or have them destroyed, is unacceptable,” he said.

News 4 Tucson reached out to the owner of the café. He said he had no comment on the matter.

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Playwright Foundation- Rough Readings Presents Jons Bernson’s THIRD EYE MOONWALK

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