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Edge 18: 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 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.

Elizabyth Hiscox & Rauan Klassnik
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
7:30 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.


Elizabyth A. Hiscox holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the online literary journal 42 Opus. Currently, she serves as Program Coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. Her chapbook, Inventory from a One-Hour Room, was recently released by Finishing Line Press.

Rauan Klassnik was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent most of his life in Dallas, Texas and now lives mainly in Mexico with his wife Edith, dogs, birds, and turtles.

Rauan’s poems have appeared in on-line and print publications such as The Mississippi Review, The North American Review, The Kennesaw Review, The Santa Clara Review, No Tell Motel, MiPoesias, and Coconut. Rauan’s first full-length collection, Holy Land released in April 2008 from Black Ocean. An e-chapbook, “Ringing,” released March 2009 from Kitchen Press. Another e-chapbook, “Dreaming,” is due out any time now from Scantily Clad Press. And in early 2010 another chapbook “The Sea” comes out from Mud Luscious.

Next Edge Reading will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.

Past Edge Readings:

September 2009

July 2009

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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