Friday July 28th, Phoenix Poetry Series presents their newest zine launch titled Unsellable Inventories. Editor Kat Hofland showcases emotions, experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and more through the power of lists. There will be readings throughout the evening, featuring an array of local writers, Tucson writers, and a few from far-away places. The event will be at Fillmore Coffee Co from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for the Facebook event. , Li
The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. This month in conjunction with Four Chambers Press, presents the launch of Weaving the Threads, featuring readings by Megan Condeno Atencia, Kat Hofland, Sophia McGovern, Venita Blackburn, Rosemarie Jeana, Elizabeth McNeil, Elyse Årring, Jia Oak Baker, and Kelsey Desiree Pinckney. Their reading will be at Grand Central Coffee Company 718 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on Saturday, February 25th at 7 p.m. For more information please visit the Facebook Event Page.
In response to the community art exhibition, House, Habitat, Home on the Downtown campus, 9 women writers — 3 students, 3 faculty, and 3 from the community — produced emotional and evocative work spanning the genres of poetry, flash fiction, and flash memoir.
Limited copies of the collection will be available for purchase at the event.
The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. This month is the Ten-Year Anniversary Edition and features the legendary hosts of Caffeine Corridor: Bill Campana, Jack Evans, and Shawnte Orion. Their reading will be at Grand Central Coffee Company 718 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 on Saturday, January 28th at 7 p.m.
These authors have more publications than can be listed and have given hundreds of readings, living up to their reputation as giants of the Phoenix poetry scene. For more information please visit the Facebook Event page.
The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. This month, Jia Oak Baker and Lois Roma-Deeley will be reading their work at The Coronado. The event takes place on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. 2201 N 7th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85006. For more information, please visit the Facebook event.
Jia Oak Baker is the author of two chapbooks, Well Enough to Travel (Five Oaks Press) and Crash Landing in the Plaza of an Unknown City (Dancing Girl Press). She is the recipient of a 2015 grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and is a literary teaching artist for the City of Phoenix. She has been awarded residencies from the Wurlitzer Foundation and from Hedgebrook. Jia earned a MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Paradise Valley Community College.
Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of four collections of poetry, the latest being The Short List of Certainties (Franciscan University Press, 2017), which won the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Series Award. High Notes, her third collection was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist forms the basis of a music drama for which she wrote the book and lyrics. Her first and second collections are Rules of Hunger and North Sight. She was named 2012-2013 U.S Professor of the Year-Community College by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE. She’s published in twelve national anthologies including Villanelles (Everyman’s Library, Pocket Poets Series). Roma-Deeley has won numerous awards and honors for her poetry, and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the U.S. and Canada. She’s taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels and served as poetry co-editor for PKP Forum for ten years.
The Phoenix Poetry Series showcases some of the best poets in our community. Venita Blackburn and Virginia Chase Sutton, two award-winning writers, will be reading their work at The Coronado. The event takes place on Friday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. 2201 N 7th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85006. For more information, please visit the Facebook event.
Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, Smoke Long Quarterly, Café Irreal, Santa Monica Review, Faultline, Devil’s Lake Review, Nat.Brut., Bellevue Literary Review, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and a Pushcart prize nomination the same year among other accolades. In 2016 she received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction, which will result in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. Her home town is Compton, California, but she now lives and teaches in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her MFA from Arizona State University in 2008, and is finishing a new novel, Guts.
Virginia Chase Sutton’s work has appeared Paris Review, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Boulevard, Quarterly West, and many other journals and anthologies. She’s been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Walt Whitman Award, Levis Poetry Prize, Brittingham Prize and others. Five times nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she has been the Louis Untermeyer Scholar at Bread Loaf and has won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. Her prize winning collection, What Brings You To Del Amo, was published in 2007 by University Press of New England. Her new book, Of a Transient Nature, was published this spring by Knut House Press.
Inspired by the literary and philosophical salons of 17th century France, Four Chambers presents Get Lit: a night of conversation, community with ASU Lecturer of English Rosemarie Dombrowski, PhD.
This month’s topic:
The medicalization of poetry and the literature of illness
Are communities of physical and cognitive difference defined through different forms of literature? Does literature articulate a medical narrative differently from history or reports? Is literature important in the healing / therapeutic process?
Rosemarie Dombrowski holds degrees in Anthropology and English as well as a PhD in American Literature. She has been a Lecturer of English on the Downtown Phoenix campus since 2008. She is the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, an editor for Four Chambers Press, and a member of the We Are Downtown project, all of which strive to integrate the myriad cultures and artistic endeavors of the Downtown community. She has also been the editor-in-chief of the undergraduate writing journal, Write On, Downtown, since its inception in 2007. Her teaching interests include women’s literature and the broaching of socio-sexual taboos, poetic confession, poetic rebellion, and Lady Gaga and identity/otherness theory. Her broader research interests include fashion ethnography, art history, queer theory, and the influences of Puritan literature and theology on everything from the Confessional School to pop culture. Rosemarie recently wrote an article entitled “Academia vs. Poetry: How the Gatekeepers of Contemporary Literature Might be Killing It” that was published at the Review Review. She is also the author of a collection of poems entitled The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press).
Get Lit is at 7pm every first Thursday in the Reading Room at Valley Bar (Basement, 130 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Valley Bar is located between 1st Ave and Central on the south side of Monroe. The Reading Room is located in the back of the Rose Room. While public parking is available on surrounding side streets, we recommend riding a bike or taking the light rail. Please note this event is 21+ over. For more information, e-mail fourchamberspress [at] gmail [dot] com.