Early Registration for The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Writers Conference

Early Registration Ends December 31st!

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing in their annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writing Conference! Here is their message about the event:

“With COVID cases rising across the country, we’re moving this year’s conference from our house to yours. The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Writers Conference is February 18 – 20, 2021 on Zoom. Advance your craft, meet other writers, and produce new work with your choice of over 60 sessions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, fantasy, romance, science fiction, screenwriting, publishing, and more. Writers of all experience levels and backgrounds are welcome. Advanced workshops and pitch sessions with agents and editors are available, too. This year’s keynotes are Linda Hogan and Beverly Jenkins. Other faculty include Mahogany L. Browne, Matt Bell, Alan Dean Foster, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Cynthia Pelayo, Evan Winter, and Erika T. Wurth. Early registration is only $225 before December 31. Meet our faculty, view the schedule, and learn more today here.”

To learn more about the Virgina G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, click here.

Virtual Theatre Production of “Antigone at the Border”

ASU’s Master of Liberal Studies Director & Assistant Clinical Professor Angela Giron will be performing the role of Tiresia in the theatrical co-production by Teatro Bravo (Phoenix) and Borderlands Theater (Tucson), Antigone at the Border. Congratulations, Angela!

Tucson’s Borderlands Theater and Teatro Bravo of Phoenix come together for a groundbreaking collaboration of digital theatre-making. Based on interviews with DACA recipients and Latinx Border Patrol agents, Antigone at the Border sheds light on the emotional labor and mental health toll experienced by Latinx border communities affected by US immigration policy as both enforcers and the enforced. 

Written by Mark David Pinate

Directed by Ricky Araiza

A Virtual Theatre Event, Friday and Saturday November 20th & 21st, 6:00pm MST. Sunday, November 22nd, 4:00pm MST

Ticket Sliding Scale: $5-$100

Check out the Borderlands Theater website for more information on Teatro Bravo and Antigone at the Border. Click here to purchase tickets.

ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase

Kelsey Kerley, Issue 26 Student Editor-in-Chief

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arizona time for an ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase. The event will take place via Zoom and is free. For more details and to register for the event, click here.

Carolina Quintreo, Issue 27 Poetry Editor

Special congratulations to Kelsey Kerley, Superstition Review Issue 26 student editor-in-chief and Carolina Quintero, incoming poetry editor for Issue 27. Both will be featured in the ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase. Kelsey can be found on Twitter and Instagram. Carolina can be found on LinkedIn. We are so proud of both of you!

Humanities Dialogues at Poly: Stop Motion Animation, Juvenile-Lit Censorship, Transnational Feminist Activism

The fall 2020 Humanities Dialogues online at ASU Poly concludes on Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., with presentations and dialogue about the work of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication scholars:

Wendy Williams, Assistant Professor of English
“Visual Storytelling: A Closer Look at Stop Motion Animation” 

This presentation will consider how visual and multimodal literacies are at work in students’ stop motion animation projects. This research is part of a multi-year study investigating how college students interpret and compose visual narratives such as picturebooks, comics, animation and short films.


Kendall Dawson, MA student in Narrative Studies
“Molded Youth: The Implications of Children’s Literature Censorship”

This presentation will focus on commonly challenged juvenile fiction books and the material deemed ‘inappropriate’ for our youth. 

Rafael Martinez Orozco, Assistant Professor of Southwest Borderlands
“Undoing Global Paradigms:  and Spiritual Exercise”

In 2006-2007 Elvira Arellano, a single mother, migrant, deportee and asylum fighter, circumvented the law to advocate for human rights. I’ll analyze the ways in which immigrant women like Elvira Arellano use spiritual activism as a component of global immigrant rights movements to produce new feminist discourses that de-center nation states and complicate colonial models that uphold racialized and gendered borders.

The series is coordinated by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts’ Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication. Contact Professor Ian Moulton at his email, Ian.Moulton@asu.edu, with any questions or concerns. Be sure to check out what the ASU website has to say about the event as well. 

Special congratulations to Kendall Dawson for her presentation on literature censorship. Kendall Dawson is the interview editor for Issue 26 of Superstition Review this semester. Check out Kendall’s Twitter and LinkedIn. We are so proud of you, Kendall!

Creative writing alumni Caitlin Horrocks & W. Todd Kaneko visit ASU

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. (AZ/MST)  |  Online

Register: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6urjstGd1dAZcjygFWu5cFf47IXAe1

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at ASU presents a virtual reading by two of its star graduates: fiction writer Caitlin Horrocks (MFA 2007) and poet W. Todd Kaneko (MFA 2006). The event takes place on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. AZ/MST (6 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST). A link to attend will be provided after registration.

About the authors

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations, named one of the 10 best books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal, and the story collections Life Among the Terranauts (forthcoming January 2021) and This is Not Your City. Her stories and essays appear in The New YorkerThe Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize StoriesThe Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin HouseOne Story and elsewhere. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

W. Todd Kaneko is the author of This Is How the Bone Sings (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) and The Dead Wrestler Elegies, 2nd Edition (New Michigan Press, 2021), and co-author of Slash / Slash (Diode Editions, 2021) and Poetry: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). His poetry and prose have appeared in PoetryAlaskan Quarterly ReviewThe Normal SchoolBarrelhouseBest Small Fictions, and many other places. A Kundiman fellow, he is an associate professor of writing at Grand Valley State University and lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Register: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6urjstGd1dAZcjygFWu5cFf47IXAe1

More information: Justin Petropoulos, Justin.Petropoulos@asu.edu

Environmental Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture

Environmental Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture

WITH A READING GROUP SERIES AND GRADUATE COURSE OPTION

Join the IHR/GIOS for our (now rescheduled) 2020 Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) Distinguished Lecture, “From Garden Warriors to Gastrodiplomacy,” with Elizabeth Hoover (video recorded lecture and live Zoom Q and A), November 5, 2020, 4-5:30 pm.

Professor Hoover will explore Native American community based farming and gardening projects; the ways in which people are defining and enacting concepts like food sovereignty and seed sovereignty; the role of Native chefs in the food movement; and the fight against the fossil fuel industry to protect heritage foods.

Hoover is an associate professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Management department at the University of California Berkeley whose work focuses on food sovereignty and environmental justice for Native communities. Her first book “The River is In Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community” (University of Minnesota Press, 2107), is an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to Superfund contamination and environmental health research. Her second book project-in-progress, “From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds; Indigenizing the Local Food Movement,” explores Native American community-based farming and gardening projects. She also recently co-edited a book “Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States with Devon Mihesuah” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). 

This event is cosponsored by the IHR’s Environmental Humanities Initiative, The Global Futures Laboratory, The Human Sciences Collaboratory, American Indian Studies, The Global Institute of Sustainability, The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Register for the lecture.

Reading Group / One Credit Graduate Course

Prior to the lecture Joni Adamson and Joan McGregor will lead three reading group sessions that aim to explore the work of Elizabeth Hoover and other writers and researchers who focus on the concepts of food justice and food sovereignty. Attendees will gain an enriched understanding of climate justice and food sovereignty activism and research focused on indigenous food cultures, knowledges and agricultural sciences. 

The group will also explore the concept of “global syndemic” or the notion that simultaneous and connected epidemics, including malnutrition, racism, structural inequities, catalyzed by over five centuries of colonization and accelerating neoliberal development, and resource extraction are linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbate the underlying conditions — diabetes, asthma, violent policing—that are making the virus more deadly to some. 

Readings will be interdisciplinary and diverse so we learn from the expertise of disciplines both inside and outside of the humanities. With Andrew W. Mellon funding, we will also be collaborating with the University of Pretoria, and reading group members will have the opportunity to interact with our colleagues in South Africa. 

Reading group members have the option of earning one graduate credit in a course co-taught by Joni Adamson (Joni.Adamson@asu.edu, English) and Joan McGregor (j.mcgregor@asu.edu, Philosophy). Students may register for any section cross-listed section of the course ENG/HUL/SFS/SOS/PHI 598 and earn one credit by attending the reading group and completing the readings and some writing assignments. The course will be capped at 20. Please direct any questions about the course to Professors Adamson and McGregor.

·      Reading Group: Environmental Humanities Wrap-up, 11/12, 3 PM MST

Iron City Magazine Issue 5 Launch

Join Superstition Review in celebrating the launch of Issue 5 for fellow Arizona-based literary magazine Iron City Magazine. The launch for their fifth issue will take place virtually on November 7th from 6 to 8pm. Iron City Magazine was founded in 2016 and features the art and writing of prison inmates from across the country. The goal of the magazine is to demonstrate that prison inmates are people (artists, poets, authors) first, and prisoners second. The magazine gives a platform to those whose voices are often see as unworthy of being listened to and shines a light on the good these people can still do for their community. The launch of the magazine will include literary readings of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, an art slideshow, and a live Q&A.

To RSVP, click here. To pre-order Issue 5, visit the Iron City Magazine website. To support Iron City Magazine, shop their merchandise available on Redbubble.

Upcoming Queer Poetry Salon Event

Join Equality Arizona in celebrating queer artists this Saturday, October 17th, in a Queer Poetry Salon event held virtually. Queer Virtual Salon is local organization that acknowledges the voices and poetry of queer individuals. There will be an open mic where six people will have a chance to share their work. From then, the event will focus on the publication of a new full-length poetry collection by féi Hernandez published by Sun Dress Publications. féi Hernandez is an immigrant trans non-binary artist whose work has been featured in several literary magazines. They are an Advisory Board member of Gender Justice Los Angeles. The event will also feature guest speaker Nicole Goodwin, a New York-based poet and performance artist. Click the link here to register for the event.

For more information please contact Julian Delacruz at: jdelac17@asu.edu

Issue 26 Virtual Launch Party!

We hope you can join us for our virtual launch party for Issue 26 on December 1st from 5:00-6:00pm MST / Arizona time. We will celebrate the release of our Social Justice Issue with a reading from Alberto Rios. The event will take place virtually via Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!

A Little Bit About Our Featured Reader: Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently, Not Go Away Is My Name, preceded by A Small Story about the Sky, The Dangerous Shirt, and The Theater of Night, which received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award Published in the New YorkerParis ReviewPloughshares, and other journals, he has also written three short story collections and a memoir, Capirotada, about growing up on the Mexican border, with a novel forthcoming, A Good Map of All Things.  Ríos is also the host of the PBS programs Art in the 48 and Books & Co.  University Professor of Letters, Regents’ Professor, Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing, and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University since 1982.  In 2017, he was named director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

“This and That” Art Exhibit by Jenita Landrum

Explore the artwork of Jenita Landrum during the premiere of her art exhibit “This and That” all next week. Jenita’s artwork focuses on gender, race, and class and their presence in urban living spaces. The event launched yesterday, Sunday October 4th and will continue in the Downtown Phoenix Library’s Vault Gallery until October 14th. Jenita has traveled the world for her art studies, having visited Africa, Germany, and Poland for various fellowships. She is currently an art history and studio instructor with Maricopa Community Colleges. We hope to see you at this event!

Check out the ASU Events page here for more information about the exhibit.