Paradise Valley Community College is hosting a reading series this fall and featuring speakers in September, October, and November. The series is called “The Bridges Series” and focuses on making connections and forging paths.
We’re so proud to announce that Superstition Review’s founding editor, Patricia Colleen Murphy, is the first speaker in the series. She will be presenting in the Puma Press Room on Thursday, September 14 from 10:30am until 12:00pm. Murphy’s book, Hemming Flames (Utah State University Press, 2016) won the May Swenson Poetry Award, judged by Stephen Dunn. Hemming Flames also won the Milt Kessler Poetry Award in 2017. New Orleans Review also published a chapter from her memoir in progress as a chapbook. Murphy has been published in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, North American Review, and more. Visit her website here.
The series also features Hedy Habra on Thursday, October 19 from 10:30am to 12:00pm and Beth Cato on Thursday, November 16 from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Both of these events will take place in the Puma Press Room.
Habra has authored two poetry collections, Under Brush Strokes and Tea in Heliopolis. Under Brushstrokes was a finalist for the USA Best Book Award and the International Poetry Book Award. Tea in Heliopolis was the winner of the USA Best Book Award and finalist for the International Poetry Book Award. Habra also authored a story collection, Flying Carpets, which won the Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and was finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Habra is a six-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Visit her website here.
Cato is the author of The Clockwork Dagger, which was a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel, and The Clockwork Crown, which was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Finalist. She also authored a novella, “Wings of Sorrow and Bone,” which was a 2016 Nebula nominee. Visit her website here.
Chocolate and Art Show Phoenix is seeking both attendees and artists! Chocolate and Art Show is one of the biggest underground art shows in Phoenix. It boasts over 1,500 attendees per show. As they say, “There is something for everybody, including live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate!”
The show will take place on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15. It will go from 8pm until 2am both nights. It will take place at The Monorchid Gallery (214 E Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004). You must be 21+ to attend. Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite, ranging from $5 to $15 depending on time of purchase. They can also be bought at the door for $20.
If you’re an artist, the show is also still accepting art submissions of all mediums! Artists can sell their artwork at the show for 100% commission. If you’re interested, email ChocolateAndArt@gmail.com or fill out this form.
Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: 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, September 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!
For more information about the event, to RSVP, and to stay tuned for the discussion topic, head over to the Facebook page. You can also click here to find out more about Four Chambers Press.
Rosemarie Dombrowski will be hosting a two-part writing workshop on flash memoir, titled “The Art of Memory in 750 Words or Less.” The workshop will take place at Changing Hands in Tempe from 6pm to 8pm on September 11 and September 25. Admission is $35 for both sessions.
During the first class, attendees will read and discuss examples of flash fiction and participate in a writing exercise. They will then receive a take-home writing prompt. In the second class, attendees will workshop their new, original piece of flash memoir and receive individualized feedback.
Rosemarie Dombrowski is a writer with a long list of accomplishments. She is the co-founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series, a poetry editor for Four ChambersPress, the founder of Rinky Dink Press, a three-time Pushcart nominee, and the inaugural Phoenix Poet Laureate. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus. You can read more about her accomplishments on her website.
For more information about the workshop and to register, click here.
The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. This month spotlights Anna Flores and Megan Atencia in the “Millennials That Rock” edition. Flores and Atencia will be reading at Fillmore Coffee Co. (600 North 4th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004) on Friday, August 25 at 6pm.
Anna Flores is probably best known for starring in the play 1070, which premiered June 23 at the Herberger Theater. The full-length drama “tells the story of an immigrant family in Arizona struggling to survive the fallout of Senate Bill 1070.” For more on 1070, check out this article and this website.
On Monday, August 28th, Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix will host Daniel Magariel for a workshop and conversation about his new novel One of the Boys. Purchase the book and you’ll get access to his workshop, “Editing with Abandon.” After the workshop, join the author for a presentation about the book. More information can be found here.
On Thursday, August 24th, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be showing the new film, Manifesto. The movie stars Cate Blanchett in thirteen different roles, and is directed by acclaimed art director, Julia Rosefeldt. Tickets are $7 and available through the museum website. Click here for more information.