On October 16th, at Changing Hands in Tempe, the poet and Arizona Commission on the Arts recipient, Kelly Nelson, shares selections from her new chapbook, a meditation on love, loss, and the things that go unsaid. The Event starts at 7:00pm. After the Event there will be an Open Mic for all interested.
The poems in Who Was I to Say I Was Alive touch on love, loss and the things that go unsaid. Daisy Fried describes them as “little bombs going off. Or surprise packages left at the door.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KELLY NELSON is the author of the chapbook Rivers I Don’t Live By. She has performed her poetry at the Phoenix Art Museum and on the Phoenix Light Rail. The recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, she chairs Tempe’s public art commission and volunteers as a docent at the Tempe Center for the Arts. She bikes to work and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.
Four Chambers – an independent community literary magazine and small press based in Phoenix, Arizona – has released their latest volume, Welcome Home, a special collection of poetry and prose inspired by Welcome Diner, Welcome Chicken + Donuts, and the sense of community and belonging they bring to downtown Phoenix.
The collection features 12 poems and 8 prose works from 20 local authors including Rosemarie Dombrowski, Kelly Nelson, Jenn Robinson, Daniel Mills, Ashley Naftule, Michelle Iwen, Marcus Christensen and Julia Fournier. The work itself covers a broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary styes, ranging from memoir and personal essay to found poetry, pastiche, speculative flash fiction, and experimental prose. Cover art was produced by Isaac Caruso.
To celebrate, Four Chambers will be hosting a live reading and party Saturday, October 3rd at Welcome Diner (924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006) at 6:30 pm. Four Chambers will also be holding a more intimate event on the morning of Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at the Garfield Garden (1022 E Garfield St, Phoenix, AZ 85006). More information can be found on the magazine’s website at http://fourchamberspress.com.
Welcome Home is the second volume in Four Chambers Presents, a special project series focusing on creative placemaking and public art in downtown Phoenix that aims to brings local writers together to produce thematic, site-specific work in partnership with local businesses and cultural institutions. The first volume, Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum, was released earlier this year in March 2015. Future volumes may feature alcohol, pop culture, nature, or other topics to be determined.
The book is available in a limited edition print run of 200 copies and can be purchased online at http://fourchamberspress.com/welcomehome. Sample work is available at the magazine’s website. Review copies are available upon request