We are happy to announce that past contributor Karen Skolfield from Issue 17, an Army veteran and writing instructor at UMass Amherst, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. The prize, given in collaboration with W.W. Norton & Company, will include the publication of her winning collection of poems Battle Dress, in addition to a cash prize and a reading at Barnard upon the release of the volume. Congratulations Karen!
Barnard College’s Press Release for the 2018 Barnard Women Poets Prize
Elements of Style: Part 2 at Royse Contemporary
Royse Contemporary Presents “Elements of Style: Part 2” offering brand new multi-media works from this vibrant group of talented artists! Many of the featured artists have created new works for August! Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture exhibition offers an eclectic selection of work that includes collage, drawing, mixed media, painting, and photography.
These artists are connected through their striking imagery, originality, vibrant color palettes and engaging styles. This exhibition showcases the work of eight noteworthy artists based in both Arizona and Texas including Angel Cabrales, Charmagne Coe, ColorOrgy, David Allan Paul, Dan Pederson, James Anthony Peters, Daniel Shepherd, and Marilyn Szabo.
These selected artists based on their distinguished styles, accomplished work, and distinctive voice, each creating and embodying elements style. Their work is original, captivating while pushing boundaries and redefining their mediums in contemporary art today.
Elements of Style: Color, Line & Texture will be on view through Saturday, August 25, 2018. Royse Contemporary’s new summer hours are Thursday 6-9pm, Friday 9:30-1pm, Saturday 12-4pm, or by Appointment. Royse Contemporary’s Summer hours are Thursday 6-9pm, Saturday 12-4pm, or by Appointment. Visit us at RoyseContemporary.com located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale located in the Marshall Square complex at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
We are happy to announce that past contributor Dutch author Claire Polders from Issue 17 has recently released her debut in English novel called “A Whale in Paris.” The book is co-written with her husband, Daniel Presley. “A Whale in Paris” is a novel for younger readers about a heroic girl who befriends a lost whale during World War II, and embarks on a journey to find their families. Congratulations Claire! Check out her book and website on the links above.
Click here to hear her AuthorsTalk podcast she did last summer with Superstition Review.
Location: The Newton, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Date: August 10, 2018
10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER
Travelling- It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. — Ibn Battuta
Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme Vacation.
Sign up on TheStoryline.org July 14th through August 5th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn posted August 5th on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn live at the beginning of the show on August 10th.
Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize.
We are happy to announce that past contributor Kat Meads from Issue 2 has recently released a new novel called “Miss Jane: The Lost Years.” Congratulations Kat!
Click on the link below to check out Kirkus Reviews book review on Kat’s new novel:
A “sharp and pointed tale … incredibly relevant to today’s reckoning with powerful men’s sexual abuse of the women around them.”-Kirkus Reviews – Miss Jane: The Lost Years
GET LIT: MAN Overboard
Date: August 2nd 7pm-8pm
Location: Valley Bar, 130 N Central Ave, Bsmt, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Inspired by 17th Century French Salons – intimate gatherings where people would come together to exchange literary and philosophical ideas under the roof of an educated host – Four Chambers Press will be hosting a night of literary conversation, community – and of course, drinking – with Phoenix Poet Laureate and ASU Lecturer of English Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD.
This month’s topic: Masculinity
How are men constructed in literature? What does a male perspective look like? How have representations of masculinity changed?
Meet us in The Reading Room inside The Rose Room at Valley Bar (Basement, 130 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Valley Bar is located on Monroe St down the alley between Central and 1st Ave. Parking is available in several public garages around the area and at meters down First Ave. Valley Bar is also a two-minute walk from the light rail via the Central Ave and Van Buren stop. We also recommend a bicycle.
As space is limited, we recommend arriving early to secure your seat.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions for future topics. Hope to see you there!
We are happy to announce that past contributor Laurie Filipelli from Issue 16 has released her new poetry collection “Girl Paper Stone.” Laurie’s new poetry collection is now available for purchase. Congratulations Laurie!
Praise for GIRL PAPER STONE
In her luminous book, Laurie Filipelli remakes the constellations of a modern life. Her poems re-draw the lines between the parts of the world, helping us to see there are no divisions between planting a plumbago and watching the passage of hateful legislation, no space between grief for a lost father and the wonder of what he’s told the speaker: “the whale’s veins are so wide we could swim/ to her heart.” By looking so tenderly and incisively at the actual experience of a life, Filipelli makes us see our own differently.
Flying together, flying apart: in these poems the self is as elastic as a flock of birds cutting across the winter sky. Here, among carousel and cave, where “the bigger you spin, the lighter you fall,” we are invited into the world of mothers and daughters, fathers and grandfathers, a geography whose inhabitants bear steadily forward while always casting a long look back. As our leader advances, in an outstretched hand she presents to us the artifacts of her explorations—mirrors, keys, paper dragons—reminding us all the while to accept the dangers of discovery as well as its myriad blessings. The wisdom within these pages is hard-won and generously offered, the speaker lifting her face skyward no matter the conditions at her feet. “The future is a ballad sung in your name,” Filipelli promises, and we want to—we do—believe her.
With Laurie Filipelli’s Girl Paper Stone we revel in a collection of lyric recuperations that simultaneously soothe and trouble, delight and disrupt as they marvel and lament at the fragility, wonder, and hurt of our daily lives, our dream lives, and the underground life of our divinations. These poems reject the immovable and fixed and find meaning in the always transforming torrent that is our doing and un-doing. What a great pleasure to find these poems—all at once in flight, grounded, on fire, and full of heart—elemental, beautiful, and indispensable.