Edge 39: 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/ Charles Alexander, Naïm Amor, and Shannon Cain
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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.
Charles Alexander is the founder and director of Chax Press, in Tucson, where he has lived all but three of the past 27 years. His books include Hopeful Buildings (Chax 1990), Arc of Light / Dark Matter (Segue 1992), Near or Random Acts (Singing Horse 2004), Certain Slants (Junction 2007), and Pushing Water, which has just been published in its entirety by Cuneiform Press. He is recipient of the distinguished Arizona Arts Award, and is a former director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts, of Black Mesa Press, and of the Tucson Poetry Festival. He teaches workshops in poetry through Chax Press, the UA Poetry Center, Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and many other sponsoringinstitutions. He is a Senior Lecturer at University of Arizona South.
Naïm Amor is a parisian musician who moved to Tucson Arizona in 1997. Naïm collaborated with Joey Burns and John Convertino of CALEXICO on the album Tete A Tete under the name of ABBC (Amor, Belhom, Burns, Convertino). In 2005 he recorded “Sanguine”, an album produced by Joey Burns of CALEXICO and briefly released on Universal/Atmosphérique in France, now on german label Le Pop for Europe and distributed through Cd Baby in the US. Naïm has been also persuing sort of a “side project” that results on four albums of instrumental music called SOUNDTRACKS. A first one came out in 2000, a volume II was released in 2004, a volume III came out in 2009 and the volume IV is coming out by fall 2011. Today, Naïm just finished a new album “Dansons” that should be released by the end of 2011.
Shannon Cain’s debut collection of short stories, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, is the winner of the 2011 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her stories have been awarded the O. Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shannon is a writing coach and workshop facilitator, the fiction editor and board co-chair for Kore Press, and the Artist in Residence for the City of Tucson’s Ward One. She is coeditor of Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Cain’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Tin House, Colorado Review, New England Review, American Short Fiction, and Southword: New Writing From Ireland. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and was the 2011 Picador Guest Professor in Literature at the University of Leipzi.
Next Edge Reading will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2011.
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