#ArtLitPhx: Swarthout Awards

kkThe Department of English presents a celebration of the annual Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Awards in Writing, with readings by award-winning ASU fiction writers and poets. Also, join us in celebrating the life of the late Miles Swarthout. The free and open event will take place Thursday, April 21st, from 6-8 pm in the University Club, Heritage Room on Arizona State Tempe campus.

Among the oldest and most celebratory traditions in the Department of English—this year will be the 54th year—is the evening we gather to honor our student creative writers at the Annual Swarthout Awards. Because the Awards are in creative writing, it is easy to forget that Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout gave their gift to the Department of English as a whole in support of all students who write.

There will be a pre-reading reception to welcome friends of Miles Swarthout, son of Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout. Before the Awards, a brief tribute to Miles will be offered by Stacie Anfinson. Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos will serve as inimitable emcee. We in the Creative Writing Program hope many of you will join us to celebrate the students of the Department.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit the English department website and the Facebook event.

#ArtLitPhx: RED INK Kickoff w/ Sherman Alexie


Friday, Apr. 22, 2016 @ 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Murdock Hall (MUR) 101, ASU, Tempe campus

Help celebrate the inaugural issue of RED INK International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Humanities with National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie, a Spokane-Coeur de Alene poet, filmmaker, and novelist. Alexie will give a talk and then read from and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale at the event by Phoenix Book Company.

Alexie has published 24 books including What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve EarnedBlasphemy: New and Selected StoriesThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and a 20th Anniversary edition of his classic book of stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Smoke Signals, the movie he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Alexie’s visit is hosted by the ASU RED INK Indigenous Initiative for All: Collaboration and Creativity at Work, with support from ASU’s American Indian Studies, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Center for Indian Education.

Free of charge and open to the public.

More information: James.Blasingame@asu.edu

ASU Events page | Facebook event

#ArtLitPhx: 5th Annual Prison Education Conference

ppppArizona State University’s 5th Annual Prison Education Conference is hosted by the Prison Education Awareness Club (PEAC) and the Department of English.

The conference highlights prison education programs as part of the American landscape. This year’s event will focus primarily on prevention, education, juvenile justice, and transition both into and out of the prison system. Panels include members from the Arizona Department of Corrections Educational, Treatment, and Counseling services, as wells as prison educators from the New Mexico Corrections Department and ASU.

The keynote speakers, Judge Lilia Alvarez and Kirstin Eidenbach, will conclude with a discussion about deterring juveniles from entering the system. Judge Alvarez is the presiding judge for the Guadalupe Municipal Court and also leads a ‘teen court’ in Guadalupe. Kirstin Eidenbach is an admired attorney who focuses on prisoner’s rights issues.

The conference is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary lunch (with vegetarian options). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Co-sponsored by the ASU School of Social Transformation and Undergraduate Student Government.

Register here: http://bit.ly/2016PEAC

Printable poster: https://asuevents.asu.edu/sites/default/files/prisonedconference2016fullposter.pdf

More information: peac.org@asu.edu   |   http://bit.ly/2016PEAC

First-Ever Tempe Community Writing Contest

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November may be National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but for ASU students and Tempe residents who’d rather try their hand at shorter works, this is also the month to start preparing for a new spring writing challenge.

ASU’s College of Letters and Sciences and the writing programs in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are partnering with Tempe Public Library to host the first-ever Tempe Community Writing Contest.

The writing contest, which invites submissions in the genres of poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, is open to all Tempe residents, Tempe Library cardholders and all ASU students.

Entries will be accepted between Jan. 15, 2015 and Feb. 15, 2015 at this online submission link, and individuals may submit one piece in each genre if they wish. Entries will be read anonymously within three judging categories: high school student, college student (undergraduate or graduate) and community adult. One winner from each entry category will be chosen for each genre.

“The contest was the idea of several of the Tempe Public Library staff,” explains Jill Brenner, adult services librarian. “We’ve recently been offering more programming for writers as a natural extension of library services. The response has been fantastic, so we wanted to take it one step further.

“We immediately thought of ASU as a partner, since several of our writing workshops are being presented by ASU faculty members,” says Brenner.

She began collaborating in August with Jeanne Hanrahan, faculty associate and liaison for ASU Academic Success Programs, and Duane Roen, College of Letters and Sciences interim dean, to organize the contest and enlist judges from the university’s creative writing community.

“I thank the many faculty and staff who have enthusiastically stepped up to support the contest, and hope faculty across ASU will encourage their students to submit their writing,” observes Roen, who enjoys leading Tempe Public Library workshops to inspire family-history writing. “The process of writing, like any of the arts, can be an outlet for expression and a lifelong journey that enriches our individual lives and our communities.”

The Tempe Community Writing Contest winners will be announced in the spring and celebrated at a reception at Tempe Public Library. Winning entries will also be published on the library’s website. Additional information and contest details and a PDF of the contest announcement can be found at the Tempe Public Library events webpage.

For more information visit: https://asunews.asu.edu/20141110-tempe-writing-contest