#ArtLitPhx: Feb Fair Weather












Date: February 23, 2019

Event Description:

February seems far away now, and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival because not only will these two poets share fresh and innovative work, we also get to hang out at Kore Press‘s space! Thanks for cosponsoring this event, Kore! Webster will also teach a workshop while he is in town. Details on that to come!

Where: Kore Press, 325 W 2nd St, Room 201
Time: Poetry at 7:00pm, doors at 6:30pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Snacks & wine provided!

Poet and graphic designer Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text. These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Correspondingly much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic. Webster’s debut book, GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime, was published by Noemi Press April 2018.


Enrique García Naranjo (also known as Q) is a poet, DJ & teaching artist from Tucson, Arizona. They are a staff member of Spoken Futures INC , a youth-centered arts & community engagement organization based in Tucson ; they are a resident DJ for El Tambó , a tropical dance party held at the Historic Hotel Congress; & they are a founding member of Ojalá Systems , a collective of artists & creators working to secure liberator & radical empowerment for marginalized young artists. Q’s work is centered on Frontera identity & the language of resistance. In 2017, they published a zine of poetry, These Colliding Things, through Ojalá Zine Press. Q’s work has been published by & included in the Los Angeles Times, The Acentos Review, The New Engagement, Cunjuh Magazine & more. Between reading, performing and teaching, Q can be found crate digging for vinyl & spinning at a house party.

Accessibility info to come!

#ArtLitPhx: January Fair Weather



Date: January 20, 2018

Time: 7pm-9pm

Event Description:

Join us at the Royal Room for readings by the ridiculously talented Vi Khi Nao and Kimberly Alidio!

Doors at 6:30pm
Performances at 7:00pm
$5 suggested donation
Accessibility info below bios

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.


Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and The Sky Forever (Writ Large/ The Accomplices, forthcoming). She received a doctorate from the University of Michigan, held and left a tenure-track position at the University of Texas’ History Department/ Center for Asian American Studies, and won residencies and fellowships from the National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation, the University of Illinois’ Asian American Studies Program, Kundiman, VONA/ Voices, Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and the Center for Art and Thought. Recent poems appear in Entropy, Northwest Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Hayden’s Ferry. Most recently from East Austin, Texas, she studies poetry at the University of Arizona.

The Royal Room is a wheelchair accessible venue with an accessible entrance on the south side of the building. Bathrooms are gender neutral and have grab bars. Unfortunately there is only street parking.

We are committed to creating accessible literary spaces. If there is anything you require to attend and enjoy this event, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know.