#ArtLitPhx: ASU MFA Reading Series feat. Douglas Payne, Warren Glynn, and Edward Derbes

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University is hosting a special 8-part reading series featuring brand new work from ASU graduate students! Each reading will host 3-4 students at The Watershed, a beautiful waterfront restaurant and bar.

Watershed LakeviewThe first installment of the series will take place on September 14 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, though you can come earlier to mingle, drink, and eat. You can find The Watershed at 5350 S Lakeshore Dr, Tempe, Arizona 85283.

The featured readers for the September 14 event are:

  • Douglas Payne, Poetry
  • Warren Glynn, Fiction
  • Edward Derbes, Fiction

Stay tuned for later installments of this reading series! You can find more information on the event’s Facebook page and on the Facebook page for the ASU MFA Program in Creative Writing.

#ArtLitPhx: Changing Hands presents Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed.: From Queens to Quantico: A United States Marine’s Story

Book cover for From Queens to QuanticoOn Friday June 30th at 7PM, Changing Hands will host PFC Ahmad Daniels as he speaks about his new book, From Queens to Quantico: A United States Marine’s Story. The speaker speaks of his idyllic life in Queens, New York and his time in the marine corps. Ahmad’s story explores, first hand, the racial tensions of the 60’s.

The event will be held at the Changing Hands Tempe location at 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283. Find out more information here.

#ArtLitPhx: Sacred Journeys – A Mobile Poetry Workshop with Jaclyn Roessel

In celebration of National Poetry month, Arizona Humanities is hosting a poetry workshop on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This poetry workshop will focus on the omnipresence of sacredness in our everyday environments.

Jaclyn Roessel of Grownup Navajo will take you on a journey across the urban desert landscape. Participants will travel by the Valley Metro light rail across Phoenix and embark in several writing exercises. The goal of this session is to explore the intersection of engagement in our community and mindful approaches to our craft.

The session will begin at the Ellis-Shackelford house (1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004), home to Arizona Humanities. Participants can meet at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and pastries, then at 10 a.m. the group will start their journey to the different stops along the light rail including Civic Space Park, Pueblo Grande Museum, and “A” Mountain in Tempe.

The day will wrap up with light refreshments and an open mic session back at Arizona Humanities in Phoenix.

This event is free, however participants are responsible for the 4$ light rail fee.

See the Facebook Event page for more information. Participants can RSVP through Eventbrite.

Tempe Community Writing Contest and Cover Design Contest Deadline Extended– Submit Today!

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The Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest deadline has been extended, and is now OPEN for creative writing submissions until Monday February 22, 2016! Submissions are accepted in poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction (memoirs, essays). ASU undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any on-ground campus are invited to submit, as well as Tempe community residents including high school students and adults.

This is a great opportunity for emerging writers to get published! Winners will be selected in each genre and age group. Winning submissions will be published in the Tempe Writer’s Forum v.2 to be released in April 2016.

Winners will be recognized at a celebration at the Tempe Public Library on April 13 and will read from their work. Friends and family are invited to attend!

Click here for more contest information and the submission link.

Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest

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Arizona State University and Tempe Public Library are partnering once again to host the second annual Tempe Community Writing and Cover Design Contest. The contest first launched a year ago as a collaboration between Arizona State University’s College of Letters and Sciences, the writing programs in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Tempe Public Library.

“We had a fantastic response for the first contest, receiving 190 writing submissions — many from ASU students,” said Tempe Public Library adult-services librarian Jill Brenner, who teamed up with Jeanne Hanrahan, faculty associate and liaison for ASU Academic Success Programs, to organize the contest.

Last year’s winning contributions included imaginative, expressive poetry; fiction that ran the continuum from funny to fear-inducing; and memoir writing that took readers into some of life’s most fragile emotional spaces — from nurturing premature babies to health, to helping hospice patients die with grace.

Tempe residents, Tempe Public Library cardholders, high school students, and ASU students are invited to submit one work of poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction (including essays and memoirs). There is also an opportunity for designers to submit one 9.5-inch by 6.5-inch vertical color design for both online and print publication. Submissions for both portions of the contest will be be open until February 15th. 

Writing contest entries are read anonymously by members of the ASU creative writing community, and winners will be chosen from each genre for the three entry categories: high school student, college student, and community adult. In addition to having their work published in volume two of the printed Tempe Writers Forum and on the library’s website, the winners will be celebrated at a reception event at Tempe Public Library in the spring.

For more information on the contest and submission details, visit Tempe Public Library’s website. 

#ArtLitPhx: “Sweet is the Swamp” a Solo Exhibition by Betsy Schneider Opens

Betsy SchneiderThe Northlight Gallery will be exhibiting Betsy Schneider’s Series, Sweet is the Swamp, from October 30th through November 21st. Betsy Schneider is a faculty member at ASU as well as Harvard university. In this series, her work follows her own children and their friends, and brings the viewer through the perils and joys of growing up. The work explores the issues of family, masculinity and femininity, and the concept of the public and private space.

All are welcome to join the opening on October 30th, from 6 to 9pm.

Betsy will be giving a gallery talk at 7pm, during the reception.

North light Gallery is located at Matthews Hall, Tempe, AZ 85287