#ArtLitPhx: Superstition Review Issue 20 Launch Party (with Directions)

Issue 20 Launch Party

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you will join us for our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 7! The party will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center. We are so thrilled to celebrate our tenth year and our twentieth issue.

Since the magazine’s founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, Superstition Review has published engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. We have featured over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are excited to announce the expansion of our family of contributors with our upcoming issue.

All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of ten years and twenty issues at the Mesa Arts Center.

Mesa Arts Center MapDIRECTIONS: The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is part of the Mesa Arts Center campus and is located across from the store at the Northwest point of campus. The museum is the closest building to Center and Main Street. The address is One East Main Street, Mesa AZ 85201. You can see the museum in the top left of the map.

If you are driving, check out specific directions here. To reach the South parking lot from Main Street (traveling east from Country Club), turn right onto Center Street and quickly make a left onto 1st Avenue. The parking lot is immediately on your left.

If you are taking public transportation, the Metro Light Rail makes a stop at Center & Main Street directly across from Mesa Arts Center. The Valley Metro also provides public bus transportation services to stops in downtown Mesa near the Mesa Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will be serving cake and exploring the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum, including “Slang Aesthetics!” by Robert Williams in the Dobson Main Gallery, “After Party” by Julie Heffernan in the SRP Gallery, and “The Dusk Parade” by Joe Sorren in the North Gallery.

The agenda will also include a brief talk from the issue’s editors.

Please check out the Facebook event page for updates. We hope to see you there!

#ArtLitPhx: “It’s Nature’s Way” Exhibition at Royse Contemporary

It's Nature's WayRoyse Contemporary is so excited to present “It’s Nature’s Way,” the solo exhibition of mixed-media artist Constance McBride, opening on Thursday, December 7. The exhibit will showcase McBride’s “impressive body of work highlighting the artist’s interest in the cycle of life, the human form and the natural world.”

McBride reveals that her work is “inspired by living really close to the desert; it’s an ever present influence on me. I’m intrigued by all the diverse vegetation – bits and pieces of debris are picked up and saved in my studio.” She comments that “the desert is continually expanding, contracting, and redefining itself; so are we, it’s a shared pursuit of survival.”

The opening reception will be from 5pm to 10pm on December 7, but the exhibit will be on display until December 30. It is at the Royse Contemporary Gallery, which you can find at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The opening will be a part of the Scottsdale ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale. Nicole Royse, the owner and curator, will give a brief talk about the artist and work featured in the exhibition; guests will also have the chance to meet the artist. For more information about the exhibition, check out the official press release or visit Royse Contemporary’s website.

#ArtLitPhx: Four Chambers presents Get Lit: The Market

Get Lit Graphic

Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: The Market. Every month, Four Chambers hosts a night of conversation, community, and drinking with Phoenix Poet Laureate and ASU Lecturer of English Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD.

This month’s event will take place Thursday, December 7th, from 7pm to 8pm. It will be held 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. Space is limited, so arrive early to make sure you can get a seat!

This month’s discussion topic is the market. Four Chambers writes, “Are you tired of writing query letters and tracking submissions? What does the publishing industry look like? What kind of pressures or influences does it exert on the artistic process? What are the effects of labeling and packaging for a larger audience? What is the tension or relationship between the artistic and commodity form? What does it mean to market one’s work?”

For more information about the event and to RSVP, head over to the Facebook page. You can also click here to find out more about Four Chambers Press.

#ArtLitPhx: Superstition Review Issue 20 Launch Party (with Agenda Updates)

Issue 20 Launch Party

If you’re in the Phoenix area, we hope you will join us for our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, December 7! The party will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Contemporary Arts Museum at the Mesa Arts Center. We are so thrilled to celebrate our tenth year and our twentieth issue.

Since the magazine’s founding in 2008 by Patricia Murphy, Superstition Review has published engaging and innovative works of fiction, nonfiction, interviews, poetry, and art. We have featured over 750 established and emerging authors from all over the world and are excited to announce the expansion of our family of contributors with our upcoming issue.

All staff members, contributors, members of the literary community, and friends and family are welcome to join Superstition Review in the celebration of ten years and twenty issues at the Mesa Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

We will be serving cake and exploring the exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Museum, including “Slang Aesthetics!” by Robert Williams in the Dobson Main Gallery, “After Party” by Julie Heffernan in the SRP Gallery, and “The Dusk Parade” by Joe Sorren in the North Gallery.

The agenda will include a brief talk from the issue’s editors, and we are excited to announce that contributor Bojan Louis will also be joining us for a reading! He will be featured in one of the interviews in Issue 20. In his first collection of poems, Currents, Louis discusses the kinetic dissonance of the contemporary struggle to coexist with self-inflicted eroding environments.

Please check out the Facebook event page for updates. We hope to see you there!

#ArtLitPhx: Phoenix Poetry Series presents Live, Write: Writers of Color

Phoenix Poetry Series Writers of Color

The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. The newest installment of the series will feature a performance by Live, Write: Writers of Color, founded by award-winning fiction writer, Venita Blackburn! The event will take place at Fillmore Coffee Co. (600 North 4th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004) on Friday, November 17 from 6pm to 8pm.

The night will feature prose readings by Venita Blackburn, Greg Moore, Rosalyn Leigh (VanAmburg), and Nova Baize (whose piece will be co-read by actor Lamar Overton). Accompanying music will be spun by DJ Mygodcomplex from 6-8pm.

For more information, please visit the Facebook page.

#ArtLitPhx: Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest 2018

Tempe Writing Contest

The Tempe Public Library and Arizona State University are proud to present the 4th annual Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest! Tempe community writers and graphic designers are invited to submit their creative work; both contests are open to Tempe residents, Tempe Public Library Cardholders, high school students and ASU students.

The contest will accept entries from January 8, 2018 to February 19, 2018. Writers may submit one original work in either poetry, short fiction or creative nonfiction (including essays and memoir). Entries are read anonymously by members of ASU’s creative writing community, and a winner is chosen in each genre for the three entry categories: high school student, college student (undergraduate or graduate), and community adult. Graphic artists (age 14 and above) are invited to prepare a color cover design for the 2018 issue of Tempe Writers Forum, the publication that shares the winning entries.

In addition to having their work published in volume 4 of the Tempe Writers Forum and on the library’s website, contest winners will be celebrated at a reception at the Tempe Public Library in April. For more information (like the full contest submission guidelines, past issues of Tempe Writers Forum, and the works of writers receiving honorable mention), check out the contest’s webpage. If you’re a resident of Tempe, definitely look into this opportunity!

#ArtLitPhx: Four Chambers 05 Launch Party

Four Chambers 05 Launch Party

Four Chambers Press is so excited to celebrate their 5th anniversary, and they’d like to invite everyone to celebrate with them at their launch party on Saturday, November 18! The party will take place from 7pm to 10pm at the Hive (2222 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006).

Issue 05 features poetry and prose from a list of fantastic contributors: Eloisa Amezcua, Kristin Berger, Justin Bigos, Carl Boon, Marianne Botos, Shevaun Brannigan, Jefferson Carter, Alana de Hinojosa, Ryan Evans, Troy Farah, Joshua Gage, Sarah Gzemski, Todd Hawkins, Giancarlo Huapaya transl. Ilana Luna, Jabari Jawan, Alyssa Jewell, Diane Martini Richard, Alysse McCanna, Elizabeth McNeil, Jessica Mehta, Nicole Miyashiro, Greg Moore, Natasha Murdock, Emily Price, Sara Sams, Erin Stalcup, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, and Elijah Tubbs.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.