The Uptown PEN is a monthly open mic and reading series hosted by Four Chambers. The series aims to showcase the work of local authors and it also brings a monthly featured author. Local authors can bring poetry, flash fiction, or any other pieces. The open mic lasts around an hour (first come, first serve) and with a half hour for the featured author. To be featured, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) is the co-founder of White Springs Creative, which she runs with her husband and fellow director, Dustinn Craig. Velma is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature and a minor in American Indian Studies. She creates poetry, short films, and textile art. Her short film, “in this manner, I am” was selected for inclusion in the AZ100 Indie Film Collection, a project of the U of A Confluence center for Creative Inquiry in collaboration with the Arizona Media Arts Center. Her poetry can be found in As/Us Journal, Red Ink Magazine, and Restless Anthology.
The event takes place Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Practical Art. 5070 N Central Ave, 85012 Phoenix. For more information, visit the Facebook event.