In just one week, on Friday, April 28, at 11:00 am AZ time, Superstition Review will be holding its Issue 31 Launch Party! To register, go here.
A list of events related to Superstition Review .
Coffee & Craft: Free Revision Lecture by Matt Bell
On Saturday, April 22nd at 10:30 AM AZ time, Matt Bell will lead a revision workshop “Refuse to Be Done,” named after his own book on revising novels. The workshop will take place in room LC369 inside the Language & Communication building located on Scottsdale Community College’s campus. Participants will learn Bell’s own process for breaking down revision into manageable steps and meet other aspiring writers of all skill levels.
Bell’s award-winning writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, American Short Fiction, and other publications. His novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Book of the Year Honor Recipient, and was selected as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Both In the House and Scrapper were selected by the Library of Michigan as Michigan Notable Books.
Coffee & Craft is a new, recurring series of Saturday morning creative writing workshops at Scottsdale Community College. The first was on poetry and led by Scottsdale poet laureate Lois Roma-Deeley. The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first serve, and subject to limited capacity. Learn more about Matt Bell at his website. A map of Scottsdale Community College’s campus can be found here. A map of the Language & Communication building itself can be found here.
ASU Worldbuilding Initiative Workshop with Matt Bell: Imagining New Ways of Making Community
On Monday, March 27, at 4:00 PM AZ time, Matt Bell will be leading a worldbuilding workshop that examines “democracy, consensus, and communal problem solving” in imagined worlds. These workshops invite audience members to “engage in worldbuilding… inventing new ways of imagining and interacting with the world around us.”
The ASU Worldbuilding Initiative is hosted by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.
Matt Bell is the author of numerous books, the two most recent being Appleseed (a New York Times notable book) and Refuse to Be Done, a craft guide on writing, rewriting, and revision. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, Orion, and elsewhere. Originally from Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. Read more about him on his website.
This event will take place online. It’s free and open to the public, although it does require registration. Go here to learn more.
Stellar Alumni Series: Bojan Louis and Sara Sams
On Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 PM, the Creative Writing Program at ASU presents a reading by Bojan Louis and Sara Sams.
Bojan Louis is Diné of the Naakai dine’é, born for the Áshííhí. He’s written a variety of poetry and fiction, published in Alaska Quarterly, Ecotone, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. He’s published two books: Sinking Bell: Stories and Currents, which received an American Book Award. To learn more, visit his website.
Sara Sams is a writer and translator from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She’s written a variety of poetry and nonfiction in Blackbird, Now and Then, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She’s published Atom City, her fist book of poems. To learn more, visit her website.
Read Bojan Louis’s interview in Issue 20 of Superstition Review.
Sara Sams advised on and helped to create Issue 22 of Superstition Review.
This event is free and open to the public! To learn more and register, go here.
Share Where You Write: Enter Our Giveaway!
Do you have a great writing workspace? Share a picture of the space that allows your creativity to flow to win an exclusive Superstition Review mug! Messy, orderly, or out of the ordinary workspaces are all invited to apply. To do so:
- -Post a photo of your workspace on Twitter
- -Mention @SuperstitionRev in your post
The contest will run from March 25th to April 3rd. We look forward to seeing all of the creative workspaces where masterpieces are born! You can view entries from our previous Workspace contests here.
Celebration for Richard Shelton
On Saturday, March 4th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the University of Arizona Poetry Center will be celebrating the life of Richard Shelton, renowned poet, memoirist, and activist. He wrote 11 books of poetry and established a writers workshop in the Arizona State Prison at Florence. He was also an emeritus Regents Professor of Creative Writing and a founding faculty member of the University of Arizona MFA Program in Creative Writing.
This event is free, open to the public, and available online. To learn more, go here.
An interview with Richard Shelton appeared in Issue 10 of Superstition Review.
Distinguished Visiting Writers series: Andrew Sean Greer and Amanda Eyre Ward
On Friday, March 3rd, at 6:30 pm, join best-selling authors Andrew Greer and Amanda Ward at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. There, they will be discussing their creative journeys, their writing, and their friendship. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more and register, go here.
Amanda Eyre Ward lives in Austin, TX. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Love Stories in This Town, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, The Nearness of You, The Jetsetters, and The Lifeguards. An interview with Amanda Eyre Ward was published in Issue 7 of Superstition Review.
Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less is Lost. He lives in San Fransisco and Milan. An interview with Andrew Sean Greer was published in Issue 15 of Superstition Review.
Spring 2023 Writing Retreat with the Young Authors’ Studio
Join the Young Authors’ Studio’s Writing Retreat this Saturday, February 18, at ASU’s Polytechnic Campus! This event is free and open to everyone of all ages. Beginning at 9:30am, Dr. Wendy Williams will lead attendees through nine YA books to spark their creativity. Then, attendees will have the option of choosing three breakout writing sessions from 10:30am to 12:00pm. After, there’s lunch and spoken-word poetry.
This event has free parking, free pizza, and b00k giveaways! To learn more and register, go here.
At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Bookstore Events
Join award-winning author Tara Ison at the following bookstore events! There, she will be discussing At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf, her new novel set in World War II France. Centered around Danielle, a Parisian Jewish girl who’s gone into hiding as a Catholic orphan, this book reveals how some lies can grow so large, we deceive even ourselves.
February 22 – Washington DC – Politics and Prose, in convo with Susan Kelesinko Coll, 7 pm
February 24 – Los Angeles – Vroman’s Pasadena, in convo with David L. Ulin, 7 pm
February 25 – San Francisco – Book Passage, Ferry Building, in convo with Meredith Hall, 3 pm
March 2 – Phoenix – Changing Hands, Phoenix, in convo with Devoney Looser, 6 pm
March 9 – Boston – Brookline Booksmith, in convo with Doug Bauer, 7 pm
March 16 – Flagstaff – Brightside Books, in convo with Nicole Walker, 6 pm
March 22 – Chicago – International House at University of Chicago, 6 pm
A Jewish girl comes of age in Vichy France, relentlessly deformed by the spiritual rot of her era… Ison is unflinching in her depiction of the self-inflicted corruption that replaces the character’s moral core with a twisted version of Christianity, brilliantly illustrating the epigraph from Solzhenitsyn: ‘To do evil, a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good.’…Free of sentiment but not without hope of redemption, this is a suspenseful and chilling story.Kirkus
Tara Ison is the author of The List (Scribner), A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the “Best Books of Summer” in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013. Her essay collection, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies, was the Winner of the PEN Southwest Book Award for Best Creative Nonfiction. She earned her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College and has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert. She is currently Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University. To learn more, visit her website.
Superstition Review is also pleased to announce an upcoming interview with Tara Ison about At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf.
At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf will be released February 21st. To pre-order it, go here.
Join Tom Leveen’s Writing Workshop
On February 11th, this Saturday, Tom Leveen will be leading a workshop about crafting a novel. Mainly a young adult horror author, Leveen has written nine books and won a variety of awards: ALA/YALSA Best Book of 2013, the Westchester Fiction Award, the Grand Canyon Reader Award, and others.
The Young Author’s Studio, which is hosting this event, works to support literacy education through community outreach of various kinds: writing institutes, Sparky Slam competitions, Open Door sessions, online writing workshops, and an online journal.
This workshop is geared especially toward teachers and writers of young adult fiction, although it’s open to anyone who’s interested. To learn more and register for this free event, click here.
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