Edge 40: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers
Curator: Melissa Buckheit
Melissa Buckheit's Bio
A note from the curator: I have often wanted to listen to authors who are in the same place in their career as myself--emerging, published in journals, with a chapbook and/or a first full-length book, still growing but full of passion, new ideas, and an edge. But there is often infrequent opportunity for this; in fact, I have often felt disappointed in the lack, that such an open community might often be circumscribed in its literary programming. Additionally, featuring emerging writers engages other young as well as established writers, to support, frequent and attend Casa Libre and other writing events. This cycle creates the foundation for a writing community which self-generates, remains true, open, and allows many voices the opportunity for visibility and being heard. I want Tucson to be an artistic community which includes and features many voices and peoples. Literature is the province of communication, but also reflectivity, the reflection and representation of all our narratives and of new narratives and ideas, voices which are challenging and also challenge us.
w/Amina Gautier, Alison McCabe, and Rodney Philips
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Suggested Donation: $5
Come to Edge: A Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers. Edge is a series of local and national writers and cross-genre artists, emphasizing diversity of narrative, identity and literary source. Its purpose is to create community, visibility and voice for emerging and younger writers. Broadsheets of the authors' work will accompany each reading. Books and journals will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. Refreshments will be available after the reading.
Amina Gautier will be offering a writing workshop at Casa Libre on January 19 more info...
Amina Gautier (photo credit: Dayo Nicole Mitchell) is the winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for her short story collection At-Risk (University of Georgia Press). Over sixty-five of Gautier's stories have been published, appearing in Best African American
Fiction, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review among other places. Her work has been honored with scholarships and fellowships from Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Ucross Residency, and Sewanee Writer’s Conference and has been awarded the William Richey Prize, the Jack Dyer Award, the Schlafly Microfiction Award, the Danahy Fiction Prize, and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gautier teaches at DePaul University. She can be found at http://www.aminagautier.com/
Alison McCabe is currently at work on a story collection, On Display, and a novel, Poster Children. In her writing, she chronicles roadside America and the afterglow of the American dream. She was a recipient of the Milton O. Riepe Fellowship at the University of Arizona where, in 2010, she completed her MFA. Her stories have been honored as finalists in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers and the SLS’s Contest in Fiction. Born and raised in New Jersey, Alison lives in Tucson and teaches English at the University of Arizona.
Rodney Philips is a poet living in Tucson. He is resposible for Hand of the Poet: Poems and Papers in Manuscript (1997), A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980 (1998), and Exit Moonshine, Enter Wal (2012), published by Chax Press.
This reading is supported with generous funding from Poets & Writers.
Next Edge Reading will be held February 15, 2012.
Past Edge Readings: