#ArtLitPhx: Andrea Lechner-Becker: Sixty Days Left: A Novel at Changing Hands Phoenix

Local author Andrea Lechner-Becker shares her debut at Changing Hands Phoenix on Thursday May 24 at 7pm.

Almost 40% of Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. This staggering statistic inspired Phoenix-based ex-lady boss, Andrea Lechner-Becker, to craft Sixty Days Left, a story about small town Willow, who at thirty, found herself with a six-months-to-live terminal diagnosis. The Right to Die debate mingles with Willow’s history to form an unforgettable read that will leave readers unable to avoid the question, “What would I do with just sixty days left?”

This character-driven read is presented in reverse chronological order, which leads the reader back in time to more deeply understand each character’s motivations through their histories. Refreshingly honest and intimate, Willow’s reflective diary entries hold a surprisingly uplifting lesson for the living.

Beyond the compelling story, this debut novel explores the taboo topic of Death with Dignity, an issue being debated all over America with recent coverage in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and The Washington Post. Join this event to meet the author, hear about her motivations for creating this tale and grab your signed copy of Sixty Days Left.

PARKING / LIGHT RAIL
Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phoenix-based ANDREA LECHNER-BECKER is an ex-executive from a leading digital marketing agency in Scottsdale. A new kind of American author, with a casual, straight-forward and approachable writing style, she, like her name, is a little awkward and kinda funny. On a perfect day, she sits at a bar (like First Draft Book Bar!) ingesting craft beers and talking to strangers. She believes everyone has a story to tell and deeply desires to tell as many of them as possible.

Authors Talk: Brandon Amico

Authors Talk PoetToday we are pleased to feature poet Brandon Amico as our Authors Talk series contributor.

Brandon Amico has a conversation with his friend Kylie Brown, a musician and music instructor at the Asheville Music School, on his poems “If You Like This Poem,” “Occupational Hazard,” and “Housing Complex” featured in Issue 21.

Amico and Brown discuss connection and disconnection in the modern world, perspectives, and the uses of language in his poems. Amico ends the conversation by expanding on the theme of “incompleteness” found in all three poems and the concept of “framing with words” seen in “Housing Complex.”

Brandon Amico’s poems appear in Issue 21 of Superstition Review.

#ArtLitPhx: Last Chance Slam

10 poets in Phoenix will be competing for the Last Chance Slot in the Phoenix Poetry Slam Finals that will be held on June 14! The slam will be hosted by Megaphone PHX (4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85012) partnered with Lawn Gnome Publishing, and begins at 8 pm.

The Phoenix Poetry Slam Team Championship will be June 14 at Megaphone PHX!

Tickets are available for purchase here. They also have a poetry slam season pass available if you are interested in attending a number of their events.

#ArtLitPhx: District 4 Presents: Ed Tankersley

District 4 will be hosting local poet and fiction writer Ed Tankersley at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery (154 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201) where he will be reading new poems.

Ed Tankersley is a  writer from Phoenix, Arizona, his current writing project is The Distance Between Us, a contemporary novel. An excerpt from his novel-in-progress was published in Four Chambers issue 2 in October 2014, and it received a positive notice in The Review Review.

In January 2016, he recorded three of his poems for the Telepoem Booth project, a classic phone booth on which fans can dial up a poem for a listen on a rotary phone.

#ArtLitPhx: Writing Group

 Every 2nd Sunday from 4:30 to 7 pm at Songbird Coffee and Tea house (812 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) Four Chamber Press and Songbird Coffee and Tea House will be hosting a writing group, the group is free and open to the public! If you are bringing work, please bring five to six hard copies in any style, genre or form (under 3000 words). Please note you do not have to bring work.

From Four Chambers Press:

“A lot of times, when we’re reading submissions for the magazine, we find ourselves thinking, Man. Wouldn’t we love to grab a cup of coffee with the person who wrote this and talk about their work? We love a good writing group. Not only is it one of the most direct and effective methods we know to get better as a writer and improve your work, it’s a great way to meet people and build community.”

 

#ArtLitPhx: District 4 Presents: Melissa Dunmore

Join District 4 for a beautiful evening with local poet and artist Melissa Dunmore! Melissa Dunmore  is an Afro-Boricua was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona where she studied at Arizona State University. She is a performing artist and producer for Mujeres del Sol , a collective of women and girls in the arts. Dunmore’s bilingual poetry has been published by Mujeres de Maiz, Fem Static, and St. Sucia, as well as in a forthcoming anthology, Song of Yemaya.

Bring your friends, family and co-workers to the sweetest venue- Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea and Gallery. Pop up bookstore by Bonny Books will have hot titles and books by local poets and authors. As always, they will have a limited open mic prior to the feature. Come early to secure your spot on the sign up sheet, a beverage, and seat!

 

#ArtLitPhx: Phoenix Poetry Slam

10 poets in Phoenix will be competing for a $50 cash prize! Slam begins at 8 pm. The slam will be hosted by Megaphone PHX (4700 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012)!

Today’s Phoenix Poetry Slam from Lawn Gnome Publishing is the result of years of seeking talented new voices and promoting strong literary events.

Lawn Gnome Publishing is an independent bookstore and publisher based out of Phoenix, AZ. “Our knowledge of poetry, independent zines and DIY bookmaking is what sets us apart from other ho-hum booksellers.”