The Narrative Storytelling Initiative‘s goal is to enhance access and public engagement with narrators and narratives. They are currently looking for messages written to Mother Earth in the future, with a maximum of 100 words. These messages will be included in a special exhibition piece at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory during the last two weeks of October.
Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature.
From the secret lives of elevators to international poker tournaments, Whitehead takes on the marginal, the strange, and the surreal. His newest novel, The Underground Railroad, reimagines pre-Civil War America, exploring an alternate reality in which the underground railroad is no mere metaphor, but an actual subterranean train system delivering slaves to freedom. The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
During the month of April, National Poetry Month, Mesa Community College will host, in partnership with Arizona Humanities, two poetry readings in the Elsner Library, Room 300, at Mesa Community College (1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202). The readings will be Thursdays, April 5 and 19, 2018, at 7:00 pm, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Both events are open to Mesa Community College faculty, staff, and students, and the general public. Refreshments will be provided and books will be available for purchase.
Thursday, April 5, 2018 — Eloisa Amezcua and Natalie Diaz
Eloisa Amezcua, MacDowell fellow and author of From the Inside Quietly, winner of the inaugural Shelterbelt Poetry Prize.
Natalie Diaz, Lannan Literary Fellow, Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow, and author of When My Brother Was an Aztec.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 — Bojan Louis and Felicia Zamora
Bojan Louis, Poetry Editor for RED INK: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities and author of Currents.
Felicia Zamora, 2017 Poet Laureate for Fort Collins, CO and author of Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.
For more information, please contact Josh Rathkamp (480-461-7560) or Ernesto L. Abeytia (602-615-5893).
Arizona Humanities is pleased to present “Author + Talk: Nómada Temporal with Luis Ávila” on Tuesday, October 24 from 6pm to 8pm at the Ellis-Shackelford House (1242 N. Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004). The event will include a Spanish reading and bilingual conversation with Luis Ávila, a Phoenix resident, writer, journalist, and radio and theater producer. His work involves opinion, poetry, essay, and translation.
There will be light refreshments offered at the event. The program is free, but you can RSVP here. Here is a bit more information about Nómada Temporal:
Nómada Temporal takes place in seven countries and more than 25 cities. After his house was robbed for a second time in a short timeframe, Luis decided to put everything in a storage and travel a couple of months. He never imagined that the trip would extend for over a year, meeting fascinating individuals, processing the heartache of a breakup, witnessing terrorism, assault, culture, identities, moments of deep doubt, solitude and adventure. Narrated in four times (Tiempo, Destiempo, Contratiempo y Pasatiempo), and with ilustrations by Chela Meraz, Nomada Temporal takes the reader through inhospitable paths, moments of nostalgia, sickness, rage and the constant feeling of displacement that migrants know well.
You can find more information on the event’s Facebook page as well.
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.
Arizona Humanities presents author Jan Krulick-Belin. Belin talk is based on her book, Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Arizona Humanities. 1242 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004. For more information please visit the Facebook event or register here. The event is free and open to the public.
Jan Krulick-Belin is a museum and art consultant, and art and jewelry historian with nearly forty years of experience at such institutions as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Denver Art Museum, Beaumont (Texas) Art Museum, and Smithsonian Institution. Retired as Director of Education at the Phoenix Art Museum, she still works with museums, art organizations, and private collectors, and serves as guest curator at the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum in Phoenix.
Arizona Humanities will be hosting a free event with Dr. Rashad Shabazz. Shabazz will be reading from his book Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago. His book explores the history of confinement, policing, surveillance, urban planning, and incarceration of African American communities on the city’s South Side.
Dr. Rashad Shabazz is an Associate Professor with the ASU School of Social Transformation. Dr. Shabazz’s academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies. His research explores how race, sexuality and gender are informed by geography. His most recent work (Spatializing Blackness, University of Illinois Press, 2015) examines how carceral power within the geographies of Black Chicagoans shaped urban planning, housing policy, policing practices, gang formation, high incarceration rates, masculinity and health. Shabazz’s scholarship has appeared in Souls, The Spatial-Justice Journal, ACME, Gender, Place and Culture and Occasions and he has also published several book chapters and book reviews. He is currently working on two projects: the first examines how Black people use public spaces to negotiate and perform race, gender and sexual identity as well as to express political or cultural identity. The second project uncovers the role Black musicians in Minneapolis played in giving rise to “the Minneapolis sound”.
The event takes place at Arizona Humanities, 1242 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona. 85004 on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Ellie Hutchison (firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-257-0335.). For more information, please visit the Facebook event.
“Masculinity in the Mix” presents the artists Mark Gonzales and Bocafloja. The event takes place on Friday, September 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency
Project Space at Combine Studios (821 N. 3rd St. #11, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
In partnership with: ASU Art Museum Project Space at Combine Studios, the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU School of Social Transformation.
The event will explore the healing of trauma influenced by social and political contexts through storytelling, poetry, film, and community conversations. For more information visit the Arizona Humanities Facebook event.
AUTHORS NIGHT WITH ROBERT ISENBERG EXPLORES TRAVEL WRITING, AND LIVING IN COSTA RICA
Kick off your summer with stories of travel inspiration June 7th in downtown Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ – The public is invited to join Arizona Humanities for a talk with local author Robert Isenberg. Isenberg will kick off your summer travels with stories and inspiration from his works, including his newest book, The Green Season about his life as a journalist in Costa Rica. The Authors Night takes place at the historic Ellis-Shackelford House in downtown Phoenix (1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004) on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. The program is free and light refreshments are included.
Isenberg describes his many years as a travel writer and journalist, scouring the globe for provocative stories. Hear about his rustic New England origins, life as a freelancer, and the evolving nature of long-form nonfiction. Considering a trip to Costa Rica? Ask him anything. This author night promises lively discussion about adventure in the age of the smartphone.
About The Green Season: “A dynamic collection of essays and reportage, The Green Season illustrates daily life in Costa Rica, a tiny Central American nation dedicated to peace and teeming with tropical life. With his trademark humor and observation, Robert Isenberg describes the people, culture, and biodiversity that make Costa Rica so unique—from a centuries-old indigenous ceremony to a remote jungle crisscrossed by crocodile-filled canals. Isenberg explores the country head-on, fighting his way through San José traffic, mingling with venomous snakes, and even making a cameo in an epic soccer film at the height of World Cup fever. Richly detailed and tenderly written, The Green Season is one expat’s love letter to his adoptive homeland.”
About Robert Isenberg is a freelance writer, filmmaker, and stage performer. Most recently, he is the author of The Green Season, about his life as a journalist in Costa Rica. His work includes five books, 17 produced plays, dozens of short documentaries, and hundreds of articles for various magazines and newspapers. He created two one-man shows, The Archipelago (about his travels in postwar Bosnia) and One Million Elephants (about the Secret War in Laos). Isenberg is a past Whitford Fellow, Brackenridge Fellow, and recipient of two Golden Quill Awards, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee. Visit him at robertisenberg.net.
Arizona Humanities is hosting Workshops to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month this April.
Programs to feature local and national poets across Arizona for free workshops and readings
Free programs and workshops will take place across Arizona in Gilbert, the San Carlos Apache Reservation, downtown Phoenix, and Flagstaff.
Programs in Arizona will feature local Arizona poets Josh Rathkamp, Laura Tohe, Orlando White, Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, and one national guest poet, J Mase III, with Josh Rathkamp’s workshop upcoming on the 7th.
Read the program details, poet bios, and registration information here. Tune in on twitter @AZhumanities for daily writing prompts and tips from poets throughout the month. For more information, visit www.azhumanities.org or call 602-257-0335. Follow #AZpoetry for updates and news.