#ArtLitPhx: Four Chambers presents Get Lit: Rupi Kaur, Instagram Poets, and the Politics of Craft

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Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: Rupi Kaur, Instagram Poets, and the Politics of Craft. 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, November 2nd, 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 “Rupi Kaur, Instagram Poets, and the Politics of Craft.” Kat Hofland, rinky dink editor and poet, will be the guest host for the discussion. About the topic, Four Chambers writes,

What do we mean when we say someone is or isn’t a ‘real’ poet? Is ‘poetry’ an elitist and exlcusionary institution? What are the politics of consuming art within a larger cultural marketplace? Is Kaur’s poetry actually good? Who gets to define ‘good’? Who gets to define poetry? Is saying something is ‘good’ just another way of saying we like something or can it actually be good? Should we even be talking about this? Are we just adding to the hype? Does this have to be a good or a bad thing for poetry? What *is* poetry? What does Rupi Kaur’s success mean?

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: Four Chambers Presents Get Lit: Capitalism

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Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: Capitalism. 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, October 5th, 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 capitalism. Four Chambers writes, “What is the ideology of capitalism? What are the material realities underlying our social, cultural, and artistic forms? What is the relationship of literary devices like plot, character, and structure to the larger economic system? What are our alternatives? What comes next?”

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: Phoenix Poetry Series ft. Leah Marche & Jabari Jawan

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The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. This month spotlights Leah Marche and Jabari Jawan, who will be performing at Fillmore Coffee Co. (600 North 4th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004) on Friday, September 22 at 6pm.

Leah Marche is a two-time Phoenix National Poetry Slam team member who has presented and performed at many events, including Scottsdale Arts’ Canal Convergence, Phoenix Art Museum Local Opener, TEDx Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ignite Phoenix, and Arizona Storytellers Project. She was listed among Phoenix New Times’ 100 Creatives, and she is also the creator of LIVE POETIC and Black Horizons Fest, a co-founder of Storyscope and BlackPoet Ventures, and part of the Talking Drum Performance Studio.

Jabari Jawan is a poet from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois who has received fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and The Home School. He has performed alongside his literary mother Patricia Smith in honor of Samuel R. Delaney. His work either appears in or is forthcoming from Peregrinos y sus letras, The Shade Journal, Vinyl Poetry & Prose, and more. He is also an Associate Editor of Four Chambers Press.

As the Phoenix Poetry Series says, “We’re all about making poetry relevant in our community, and so if you’re still not convinced that poets are creating platforms and inciting change, this reading is a must!”

For more information, please visit the Facebook page.

#ArtLitPhx: Four Chambers presents Get Lit with Rosemarie Dombrowski

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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.

#ArtLitPhx: The Politics of Translation with Roberto Echavarren

 

Poet, professor, and translator Roberto Echavarren, presented by Cardboard House Press and Four Chambers Press, will give a poetry reading and participate in a panel discussion on the politics of translation on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7 p.m. Echavarren, a renowned Uruguayan poet, will present at the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

After reading selections from his latest collection, The Espresso Between Sleep and Wakefulness, Echavarren will participate in the panel with poet-translators Anthony Seidman and Wendy Burk, moderated by local poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Facebook event page or see Cardboard House Press’s Website.

Echavarren most recent work The Espresso between Sleep and Wakefulness  is rooted in both surrealism and contra-constructivist practices. He is a native of Uruguay and a professor of world literature. Echavarren is the co-editor, along with José Kozer and Jacobo Sefamí, of Medusario: muestra de poesía Latinoamericana (Medusario: A Survey of Latin-American Poetry), the leading anthology of poetry in the Neo-Baroque style.

Echavarren’s critical prose addresses the distinctive characteristics of innovative Latin-American poetry. He uses meditations upon androgyny, surrealism and performance, to create a work that bends gender expectations and frees the imagination to pursue the material pleasures of poetry.

This event is presented in affiliation with #WritersResist.

#ArtLitPhx: Cactus Well

Cactus Well is an event promoting the local literary community in the greater Phoenix area. The panel, consisting of local poets, teachers, and series founders, will discuss the workings of the literary community in Phoenix.

The event will take place on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 3 p.m. on ASU Tempe’s campus in COOR L1-88.

Panel members include Spillers host Robert Hoekman Jr., Jake Friedman of Four Chambers Press, Spoken-Word Poet Megan Atencia, and Superstition Review’s own Patricia Colleen Murphy. The event will start with a short Q&A concerning literary citizenship, technology and literature, and how to create a successful journal, reading series, or event. There will be refreshments and networking opportunities after.

See the Facebook Event page for more information.

#ArtLitPhx: Rain is the Hourglass of Memory by Jack Evans – A Four Chambers Publication

Four Chambers Press presents poet Jack Evans for the release of their latest poetry collection, Rain is the Hourglass of Memory. The debut will take place at Practical Art (5070 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85012) on Saturday April 15th, at 5 p.m.

Evans was born on the banks of the Hudson. He is a music  enthusiast of all types and enjoys both reading and writing poetry. Evans works have appeared in numerous publications and he has also preformed all over Arizona as well as the rest of the country. Evans is a co-director of the Caffeine Corridor series in downtown Phoenix.

See the Facebook Event page for more details. To order digital and print editions of the book, visit Four Chambers Press website. Online PDF versions cost $5 and  and print editions are $18.