#ArtLitPhx: Phoenix Poetry Series ft. Leah Marche & Jabari Jawan

Phoenix Poetry Series Leah Marche and Jabari Jawan

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!”

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#ArtLitPhx: Brenda Hillman & Robert Hass at the Phoenix Art Museum

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents distinguished poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass at the Phoenix Art Museum. The event takes place on Friday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. The Poetry Center is proud to partner with the Phoenix Art Museum with additional support from ASU’s Creative Writing Program, Superstition Review, Four Chambers Press, and the Literary & Prologue Society of the Southwest.

Brenda Hillman is the author of nine collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor.

Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. Hass translated many of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas Transtromer, The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life; and Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (with Paul Ebenkamp). He was the guest editor of the 2001 edition of Best American Poetry. His essay collection Now & Then, which includes his Washington Post articles, was published in April 2007. As US Poet Laureate (1995-1997), his deep commitment to environmental issues led him to found River of Words (ROW), an organization that promotes environmental and arts education in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Leah Marché will be opening the reading. Leah Marché is an arts entrepreneur, performance poet and journalist/writer. In 2005, she co-founded BlackPoet Ventures, a Valley-based performance arts company that produces spoken word theatrical performances.

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