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by Amder Monson

Show & Tell @ Playground: Confluencenter’s Multi-Media Learning Experience
An Ode to a Dry River”
Book Launch Party!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Playground Bar & Lounge
278 E. Congress St.

Book Release Party for the first in Confluencenter’s Beyond Boundaries series on UA Press. A diverse community of artists and scientists, both students and professors, will talk about the process of creating this book, displaying art, architecture and video and reading their works (including Alison Hawthorne Deming and Ander Monson). Edited by Ellen McMahon (School of Art), Ander Monson (Creative Writing faculty) and Beth Weinstein (College of Architecture).

All Confluencenter events are free
and open to the public!

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The Poetry Center- Solar Poetry Contest

      The Poetry Center and The Arizona Research Insitute for Solar Energy (AzRIZE) presents a university-wide Solar Poetry Contest.  The contest is presented in celebration of the University of Arizona’s upcoming participation in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international student competition to build a house fully powered by the sun. 

      The Poetry Center invites all UofA students and benefits-eligible staff to submit a sonnet about the sun to Solar Poetry Contest. 

     Three $500 prizes will be given for the best Petrarchan, Shakespearean, and Non-traditional Sonnet. 

      Judged by US Creative Writing Professor Alison Hawthorne Deming

     Deadline for submission is May 15, 2009

     Winners will be announced in August 2009 and will have the opportunity to read their work at the public viewing of the solar house on August 28.

      Sonnet Forms

      A Petrarchan Sonnet (also called Italian Sonnet) has a two-part structure; an octave (8-line stanza) and a sestet (6-line stanza).  The break between the two stanzas is called the volta, or turning point, and at this time something in the poem’s argument changes.  There are several variations of the Petrarchan rhme scheme-especially for the last stanza-but it tends to be: abbaabba in the octave, and cdcdcd or cdecd in the sestet. 

      A Shakespearean Sonnet (also called Elizabethan or English Sonnet) is comprised of three quatrains (four-line stanzas) and one couplet, and its rhyme scheme tends to be: abad cdcd efefgg.  The closing couplet marks the Shakespearean Sonnet’s volta, or turning point.

      A Non-Traditional Sonnet is written in free-verse, which means it need not be written in an particular meter, and it most likely does not rhyme.  A non-traditional sonnet will also always still be 14 lines and contain some sort volta, or turning point, but it need not be broken into stanzas of specific length; it might not be broken into stanzas at all. 

      To enter, please review guidelines: www.poetrycenter.arizona.edu

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Powder:Writing by Women in the Ranks

POWDER: Writing by Women in the Ranks, From Vietnam to Iraq Book Launch Event

Veteran’s Day, November 11, 12:00 p.m.

Jacome Plaza, Main Library downtown Tucson Arizona 

Featuring food, music and readings by veterans Charlotte Brock, Elizabeth McDonald and Christy Clothier, with local writers Alison Hawthorne Deming, Niki Herd and Martha Ostheimer reading excerpts. 

Contact: Shannon Cain (520) 971-9502shannon@korepress.org

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