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Day of the Dead: Walk With Ancestors

Join CISA student ambassadors on a one-mile walk around ASU’s Polytechnic Campus to celebrate the Day of the Dead. This event takes place Monday, Oct. 24, from 4-6pm and begins at the Cooley Ballroom. It’s free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring a photo of a loved one. They can later place the photo on the altar. After the walk, there will be food, performances, and family-friendly activities.

This year, the Day of the Dead—or Día de los Muertos—falls on Monday, Nov. 1st, and Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, although some celebrations begin Oct. 31st and extend further. Día de los Muertos is a holiday where people honor their departed family, friends, and ancestors. It includes traditions like dressing up, parades, and placing food, drink, candles, and photos of the deceased on gravesites or ofrendas.

To learn more and register, go here.

#ArtLitPhx: Young Authors’ Studio Workshops

Young Authors' StudioThe Young Authors’ Studio is a free writing program for kids in grades 5-12, designed to bring young writers together to learn the ins and outs of writing in a wide variety of styles and genres. ASU mentors, taught by Wendy Williams, will lead 6 free writing workshops throughout the months of October, November, and December.

The mentors will guide the students through writing activities, and the program will hold a public Performance and Writing Gallery at the end of the semester. This opportunity is open to first-time writers or experienced writers – as long as they’re in grades 5-12!

The Parent Information Session will be held Saturday, September 30 from 9:30am to 10:30am in SANCA 130 on the ASU Polytechnic Campus (see map above, 7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212). You can RSVP to the Parent Information Session through the Facebook group or by emailing young.authors.studio@gmail.com. They recommend that you RSVP as soon as possible because space in the program is limited!

The workshops are from 9:30am to 11:30am on the following dates:

    • October 14: Narratives
    • October 21: Music & Poetry
    • October 28: Art & Writing
    • November 4: Drama & Writing
    • November 11: Genres
    • November 18: Revision & Rehearsal
    • December 2: Performance and Writing Gallery

Be sure to check this program out if you know any interested young writers!

#ArtLitPhx: Spoken Word Poetry Workshop and Slam

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Spoken Word Poetry Workshop and Slam takes place on Saturday, November 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Aravaipa Auditorium, ASU Polytechnic Campus.7211 Innovation Way, Mesa. The workshop features Tomas Stanton.

Stanton is a poet, educator, teaching artist, hip hop thespian and community organizer. He is co-founder of Phoenix-based Phonetic Spit, which uses the literary arts, youth development, and social justice programs “to empower young and emerging adults to find, develop, and publicly present their voices as agents of societal change.”

The event is organized by Wendy R. Williams, assistant professor of English education in ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.  The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to RVSP here.

Reading Series Today!

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We hope that you all remembered to mark you calendars for today’s amazing Superstition Review reading series featuring ASU Virginia G. Piper Center Creative Writers Charles Jensen, Beth Staples, Aimee Baker, Matthew Brennan, and Marqueshia Wilson.

The reading will be held today at 2 p.m. on the ASU Polytechnic campus in Cooley Ballroom B. To view directions to the Polytechnic campus, please click here.

Feel free to visit the Virginia G. Piper Center website to learn more about what they do, and please click on the names above to learn a little more about each writer. To learn about future readings sponsored by Superstition Review, please click here.

Hope to see you there!