FreeFlow Institute Scholarship Opportunity

FreeFlow Institute Scholarship Opportunity

FreeFlow Institute is offering one $3000 scholarship to ONE emerging writer, artist, or storyteller. The Southwest Emerging Writer Scholarship is open to writers, leaders, students, educators, and artists of ALL BACKGROUNDS and ALL SKILL LEVELS. The award may be put toward a 2022 Freeflow course in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah.

Click here to access the application and requirements. The deadline is May 1st.

Undergraduate Submissions Needed for Equatorial Literary Magazine

Undergraduate Submissions Needed for Equatorial Literary Magazine

Equatorial Literary Magazine is launching its inaugural issue and is seeking poetry, art, and fiction submissions from undergraduates around the world. This magazine values artistic self-expression and appreciates the many different approaches to storytelling and the unique ways people see the world. If you want an opportunity to raise your voice and express yourself in ways you never have before, go ahead and submit!

The submission period for this Spring issue is from April 1st to May 31st.

To see the specific guidelines for each category, check out their submissions page. For fiction, submit short stories between five to fifteen pages; for poetry, submit up to five poems; and for art, submit up to five images. Once everything is good to go, simply send your submission to equatorial.mag@gmail.com.

Happy submitting!

Poetry Workshop For Incarcerated Writers

Poetry Workshop For Incarcerated Writers

Future Present: A Workshop Series is an 8-week program designed to explore the political possibilities of poetry and imagine new ways of telling the stories we carry. By the end of the workshop series, each poet will revise an original piece to be included in an anthology, submitted to Iron City Magazine, and performed at the final celebratory reading.

This is open to formerly incarcerated people and family/friends of current/formerly incarcerated people. There are 30 workshop seats available on a first come, first serve basis.

The workshops are Saturdays April 9-May 7 from 11 am to 12:30 pm MST, 2-3:30pm EST on Zoom. Please register here by April 2 to receive the link for all workshops.

Directed by Assistant Professor Solmaz Sharif, Poetry for the People at ASU is a program modeled after the one founded by late poet, scholar, and activist June Jordan at UC Berkeley. Focused on poetry as a medium for telling the truth and building beloved community, the program offers an introductory poetry course for students at ASU, the opportunity for students to meet and work with established poets, and workshops and readings for the greater Phoenix metro area. For more info, visit here.

Meet the workshop facilitators!

Jade Cho is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts (First Word Press, 2016). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and has appeared in Apogee, BOAAT, The Offing and elsewhere. As an MFA candidate at Arizona State University, she has received the Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship, the Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship, and two Swarthout Awards. Jade holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People and learned how to write, perform, and organize in Bay Area spoken word communities. She has been on two nationally-competing slam teams, representing the Bay Area at Brave New Voices 2010 and UC Berkeley at College Unions Poetry Slam 2013, where she and her teammates won “Best Political Poem” and “Best Writing as a Team.” She is a co-founder of Ghostlines, a collective of artists and educators, and The Root Slam, a free poetry venue in her hometown of Oakland, California. The granddaughter of Hoisanese immigrants who settled on Ohlone and Tongva land, she is currently at work on a project tracing memory, grief, and desire through the archive of Chinese Exclusion and the Chinese Confession Program. 

Julián Delacruz is a third year M.F.A Candidate at Arizona State University. He is a June Jordan Teaching Fellow under ASU’s new poetry program, Poetry for the People, a workshop focused on poetry as a medium for telling the truth and building beloved community. While deeply attentive to craft, he loves mentoring writers who want to embrace more reckless and frayed modes of questioning. Having taught creative writing for multiple years, and also having worked a series of editing internships at Roof Books (’11), The Paris Review (’12), PEN American Center (’14), The Iowa Review (’15-’17) and Catapult (’16), he is poised to give insightful editorial feedback to writers of many different persuasions. Julián is also the co-host of Equality Arizona’s Queer Poetry Salon, the largest queer reading series in the southwest. He has had the pleasure to feature such esteemed poets as CA Conrad, Ariana Reines, Richard Siken, Eduardo Corral, and Tommy Pico, alongside queer indie poets across many identities. Delacruz was awarded the 2020 Mabelle A. Lyon award in poetry, and a Glendon & Kathryn Swarthout Award in writing at Arizona State. He lives and writes in Tempe, AZ.

Avery Meinen was born and raised between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers and Lake Erie. They are a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and former editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine, a publication of City of Asylum Pittsburgh. They have worked as a teaching artist with high school youth, and coached a team of spoken word poets in the Philly Slam League. They were a fellow with Crescendo Literary’s Emerging Poets Incubator in 2017 and a Winter 2021 Tin House Scholar. In their time as an MFA candidate at Arizona State, they have received a Virginia G. Piper Creative Research Fellowship and a Swarthout Award. In addition to their fellowship with Poetry for the People, they are currently a graduate research fellow with the Recovering Truth Project, a project of the Center for the Study of Conflict and Religion at ASU. Their current project examines the intersections of extractive industry and physical and sexual violence, particularly in the bodies and worlds of children. Their work is oriented towards radical queer and trans ecologies, holds survival to be a profoundly creative act, and aims to reconsider ruin, both embodied and ecological, as a site of possibility.

Open Skies, Desert Voices Poetry Reading

Open Skies, Desert Voices Poetry Reading

Lois Roma-Deely | Rosemarie Dombrowski | Patricia Murphy

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating Women’s History Month with Lois Roma-Deeley, Rosemarie Dombrowski, and Patricia Murphy, our Founding Editor. At the event, these three amazing poets will read original works honoring women and the wonder of words.

This virtual event is on Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm. RSVP here with pay-what-you-wish tickets.

Learn more about the featured poets below!

Lois Roma-Deeley’s poetry collection is Like Water in the Palm of My Hand (forthcoming 2022). Her previous books include The Short List of Certainties, High Notes, northSight, and Rules of Hunger. Her poems are published nationally and internationally. Roma-Deeley is associate poetry editor of Presence.  She was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation in 2012. Roma-Deeley is the current Scottsdale Poet Laureate.  

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix and the founding editor of rinky dink press. She’s the recipient of an Arts Hero Award, a Great 48 award, and a Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. In 2020, she founded Revisionary Arts, a nonprofit that facilitates therapeutic poetry workshops for vulnerable populations. She teaches courses at ASU Downtown and is a lecturer for Arizona Humanities. 

Patricia Murphy teaches at Arizona State University, where she founded Superstition Review. Her book Bully Love won the 2019 Press 53 Poetry Award, and her book Hemming Flames won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award and the 2017 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, The Iowa Review, and Black Warrior Review, and she has received awards from Gulf Coast and Bellevue Literary Review, among others.

Manifest/o Accepting Submissions Now

Manifest/o Accepting Submissions Now

Manifest/o, a new journal for Arizona artists, is accepting art submissions to publish in its prototype issue that will launch May 2022.

All Arizona-based artists are encouraged to submit creative nonfiction, digital media, drawing, fiction, paintings, photography, poetry, prose, and any other art that can be displayed in a digital format to capture the theme “Arizona Art in the Moment.”

Visit the Manifest/o website for more information on literary and visual submission requirements.

The submission period ends on Thursday, March 31. Send all submissions and questions to manifestoartaz@gmail.com.

Symposium on Femicide

Symposium on Femicide

Help address violence against women in Mexico at this one-day symposium, taking place during Women’s HERStory Month. This symposium is organized, in part, by Dr. Lorena Cuya Gavilano featuring many wonderful activists, journalists, lawyers, researchers, and community leaders working to end femicide in Mexico.

This event can be attended in person at ASU’s West Campus in the Kiva Lecture Hall or virtually on Saturday, March 26th from 9:30 am to 6 pm. It is free and open to the public. To learn more about the event schedule, invited guests, and registration, visit the website here!

L.A. Times Book Prizes 2022

L.A. Times Book Prizes 2022

Here at SR, we love celebrating the ongoing accomplishments of our contributors. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that this year the L.A. Times Book Prizes event features one of SR’s past contributors, Mai Der Vang, as a poetry finalist! The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are dedicated to discovering new voices and celebrating the highest quality of writing across the spectrum of book publishing. This year’s ceremony will mark 42 years of recognizing literary achievement. The event will be hosted by Julia Turner, Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment, and feature remarks by Executive Editor Kevin Merida, and Books Editor, Boris Kachka, among many others. Congratulations Mai!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area on April 22 at 7 pm (PT) and want to attend, tickets to this event go on sale today here!


Poetry Finalist – Yellow Rain: Poems by Mai Der Vang (Graywolf Press, 2021).



“What Really Happened,” an interview with Mai Der Vang is featured on Issue 28.