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Edge 52: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers
w/Andrea Francis, Marvin Gladney, & Marin Sandy

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.

Wednesday, March 27
7:30 p.
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.


Andrea Francis is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arizona and a poetry editor for the Sonora Review. She was a 2012 finalist for CutBank’s Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, and received an honorable mention for the 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize. You can find her recent work in CutBank and The Volta. She grew up in Northern
California and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Marvin Gladney is a writer, poet, and sound artist.  Born on Chicago's far south side, Gladney attended Kenwood Academy in Hyde Park, Chicago State University and the University of Denver where he received his doctorate in Creative Writing.  Surrounded by music and and the extremely musical and literary environment of Chicago, he began dj'ing in his early teens and has made contributions to the arts as a writer, filmmaker, music producer and lyricist.  He has also collaborated with a number of musical artists including All Natural (Chicago), Greenwilder (Mr. Greenweedz),  Cosmos B (of Akasha), the Jungle Brothers, and Mane Rok (Denver).  His latest volume of poems is entitled The Sampler's Attic, a cycle of poems reflecting on sample culture. 

Marin Sardy is an essayist, memoirist, and cultural critic whose work has appeared in two photography books—Landscape Dreams (2012) and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009)—as well as numerous journals and magazines. Publications in which her work has been printed or is forthcoming include Phoebe, Elsewhere, Anamesa, Blood & Honey Review, ARTnews, Outside, and Broken Bridge Review. She is also a contributor to the Forum blog on thecrookedhouse.org. Sardy is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University and working on a book about mental illness in her family.



Next Edge Reading will be held April 17

Past Edge Readings:

Feb 2013

Jan 2013

Nov 2012

Oct 2012

Sept 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

Apr 2012

Mar 2012

Feb 2012

Jan 2012

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