#ArtLitPhx: Rural Route Film Festival Shorts Program

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Date: November 25, 2018

Time: 1pm-3pm

Location: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

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Event Description:

The Art House Cinema Series is new to Scottsdale Arts this season. New films will be added throughout the season.

The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with people and places outside the bustle of the city. It includes films that tackle some of the most important topics of the day in the slow food movement, global warming/environment and sustainability, including one on a London poacher and forager and another about a UFO festival encounter in a small Wisconsin town.

NOTE: “Scenes of farm/rural practices and animated violence are realistically depicted and may be upsetting to some audience members.”

Rural Route Film Festival Director and Founder Alan Webber will do a Skype Q&A following the screening.

Presented in partnership with No Festival Required
Co-hosted by Steve Weiss and NFR Independent Films

Contributor Update, Rosanna Oh: Erasures Exhibition

Rosanna OhToday we are happy to announce news about past contributor Rosanna Oh. Rosanna’s poetry will be the subject of an upcoming poetry exhibition, titled Erasures, at the Queens Historical Society in New York City on December 2, 2018.

Erasures takes its title from a poem by Rosanna Oh, and it refers to a key theme throughout the work that is featured in this exhibition. The poem, in which a daughter reflects on her father’s and family’s past, considers erasure in the context of immigrant identity and transnational narratives. What does it mean to leave a place in which one’s self is rooted? Who or what gets left behind — and, conversely, carried over to the new country?

The exhibit also includes the work of writers who have greatly influenced Rosanna. Loide Marwanga is the exhibition designer.

Opening Reception
Date: December 2, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm ET
Venue: The Queens Historical Society
143-35 37th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354

Refreshments will be served

Congratulations, Rosanna!

Authors Talk: John-Michael Bloomquist

Today we are pleased to feature poet John-Michael Bloomquist as our Authors Talk series contributor. In this podcast, John-Michael discusses how living in Poland for the past year and a half has “influenced my understanding of poetry in general, as well as given me some perspective on a question…what is the soul of American poetry?”

While John-Michael admits that he “doesn’t think he knows the answer to this question,” or that “the answer is necessarily important,” he affirms that “the question is always worth thinking about.” From his recent experience of reading several works of Polish poetry, he concludes that, “I don’t think I can say what the soul of Polish poetry is, but I can say that it has really affected my soul”, and that “by immersing myself in the poetry and trying to learn some of the language…I have been able to feel more comfortable with the question, ‘What is the soul of American poetry?’ and what it means for me.”

Based on his experiences in Poland, and the high value that Polish society in general places on poetry as the “salt of language,” as William Butler Yeats puts it, John-Michael emphasizes that “Right now, in the age of the Internet…and these politically tumultuous times that we are living in, it is really important to write poetry that speaks to the soul and to the private life that we share and that connects us to our history; poetry that makes us loyal to the truth, not only of ourselves but to the world around us.”He concludes by saying that “I have felt a heightened sense of awareness that [these themes of] morality, loyalty to truth and history… and valuing the private life over the life of the state have brought me a lot of peace and joy.”

You can read two poems by John-Michael: “The Prodigal’s Return,” and “Vajra of the Octopus,” in Issue 19 of Superstition Review.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Photography Exhibition

 

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Event Description:

Royse Contemporary is proud to present Exposure: Architecture & Landscape, a small group photography exhibition highlighting captivating imagery of both architecture and landscapes found around the country. The photography highlighted in this exhibition showcases the beauty of nature, the simplicity and elegance of great design, all while capturing their surroundings with a refreshing new perspective and artistry.

This is Royse Contemporary’s first photography exhibition, which features four talented and dynamic artists: Marilyn Szabo, Andrew Pielage, Peter Brian Klein and Johnny Kerr. Each artist has created striking and powerful imagery that showcases their unique style, distinct voice, keen eye for detail and mastery of their medium. “I have developed a strong relationship and deep respect for each artist and their work over the years and am ecstatic to showcase them in Scottsdale at Royse Contemporary,” states Curator Nicole Royse.

Exposure: Architecture & Landscape exhibition will open to the public Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:00-9:00pm. Please join us for the Artist Reception coinciding with the Golden Palette “Scottsdazzle” ArtWalk on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7-10pm. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the artist’s and curator, along with light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, plus live music performed by esteemed violinist Telian Dodge. Exposure: Architecture & Landscape will be on display at Royse Contemporary from December 6 through December 29, 2018.

Royse Contemporary is located in the Marshall Square complex at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (located on the south side of Main Street just west of Marshall Way). Royse Contemporary’s new fall hours are Tuesday/Friday 9:30-1:30pm, Thursday 7-9pm, Saturday 12-4pm, or by Appointment. For more information about Royse Contemporary or for mentioned artists please visit roysecontemporary.com. Please direct all media inquiries to owner, Nicole Royse Nicole@nicoleroyse.com or (602) 810-3449.

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Contributor Update, Jess Williard: Unmanly Grief

Unmanly Grief CoverToday we are excited to announce future contributor Jess Williard’s upcoming book. Jess’ collection of poetry, Unmanly Grief, will come out March, 2019 and is now available for preorder through the University of Arkansas Press and Barnes and Noble. Unmanly Grief has also been recently selected by Billy Collins as the finalist for the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Congratulations, Jess!

One poem by Jess is upcoming in Superstition Review’s Issue 22.

 

Authors Talk: Louise Fisher

Today we are pleased to feature artist Louise Fisher as our Authors Talk series contributor. In this podcast, Louise discusses the creation of her video performance “A Letter I Long and Dread to Close,” as well as her own artistic journey.

Louise begins by describing her childhood in rural Iowa, where, as she states, “the tallgrass prairie was my first art teacher.” Eventually, she declares, “my curiosity and ambition drove me… to find a community who could relate to my strange creative impulse.” In search of this creative community, she  is currently pursuing her MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University, where she says that “my work is very tied to the experience of ‘place.'” Speaking on the concept of “place,” she states that, “I knew a desert metropolis was the complete opposite of my upbringing, so I wanted to challenge myself and see how my work would change.”

“A Letter I Long and Dread to Close” is, in Louise’s words, “a perfect example of…this concern with the past and the process of deterioration.” Inspired by a poem titled “Toward the Solstice,” by Adrienne Rich, the video was “informed by an interest in domestic history, and how our lived spaces can hold impressions of inhabitants.” It was filmed in a house that Louise’s mother “grew up playing in, standing next to the house that I grew up in,” and was a “site-specific response” to how “aspects of the home are often ignored” in historical narratives. In filming the video, Louise states that her first impulse was to “peel the wallpaper away and investigate what was there; to see how deep the time went, like an archaeological dig.”

You can watch Louise’s video, “A Letter I Long and Dread to Close,” in Issue 19 of Superstition Review.

 

#ArtLitPhx: The Storyline SLAM: Holidaze

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Date: November 23, 2018

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: The Newton, Camelback Rd., Phoenix, Arizona, 85013

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Event Description:

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations ― Oscar Wilde

10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER

Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme Holidaze.

Sign up on TheStoryline.org October 13th through November 17th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn on Sunday, November 18th and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show.

Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize.