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Edge 16: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers

Curator: Melissa Buckheit

A note from the curator: I have often wanted to listen to authors who are in the same place in their careers as myself, emerging, published in journals or with a chapbook, but without a major book, still growing but full of passion, new ideas, and an edge. But there has been little opportunity for this; in fact I have often felt disappointed in the lack, that such an otherwise open community might often be so circumscribed in its 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.

Sean Nevin and Kara Waite
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
8:00 p.m.
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.


Sean Nevin teaches Creative Writing for Arizona State University where he directs the Young Writer’s Program and is assistant director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including The Gettysburg Review , North American Review, 42 Opus, JAMA, Hayden’s Ferry Review and anthologies including Family Matters: Poems of Our Families (Bottom Dog Press, 2005), and Beyond Forgetting: Prose and Poetry about Alzheimer’s (Kent State University Press 2008). His poetry has recently been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated shows Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett and The Story with Dick Gordon.

He is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He is the author of A House That Falls, winner of the 2005 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Prize and Oblivio Gate, selected for the Crab Orchard Award Series First Book Prize (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008).

Kara Waite’s work is forthcoming in a 2011 issue of Redivider and, if things continue at their current pace, Tin House circa 2058. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The University of Arizona, where she spent two years working on His Girls (a novel), All This Used to be Underwater (a short story collection), and Catholicious (a chapbook). Kara will now begin the epic undertaking of finding someone anyone to publish one or more of these projects. In her work, Kara’s equally preoccupied with chronicling the slow crumble of all things relationship-al and the unraveling of tendency into obsession. In her life, Kara’s equally preoccupied with the Raymond Carver/Tess Gallagher romance, string cheese, Dear Abby, and flip-flops. She fears she’ll have to give up that last thing for good when she moves to Boston this fall to pursue an M.A. in literature, teach kindergarten, and continue work on a new novel.

Next Edge Reading will be held in September.

Past Edge Readings:

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

July 2008

June 2008

May 2008

April 2008

March 2008

February 2008

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