Edge 48: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers
w/Clarissa Bueno, Hannah Ensor, and Matthew Conley
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, October 17
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.
Clarissa Bueno is a poet who uses intuition and dreamscapes to paint ideas of the world around her. She is currently finishing up an Associate of Liberal Arts degree at Pima Community College in hopes to transfer to University of Arizona for a BFA in English. She has been significantly inspired by Shelly Taylor and Steven Salmoni to pursue her poetic blooms.
Hannah Ensor is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arizona. Originally from southeast Michigan, Hannah thinks too that Tucson is home. She likes to think about spectacle and bodies and surprise and entertainment and hero worship and pleasure and the life-threatening dangers that are everywhere. On her best days, Hannah makes noise-pop fun with John Melillo as Algae & Tentacles.
Matthew Conley, current Executive Director of the Tucson Poetry Festival, has built an academic and performance legacy that spans 3 decades. Starting in Albuquerque with the inception of "Drive-By Poetry" and an undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico, he has blazed a poetic trail of publications, slam championships, and project management second to none. Matthew was the 2005 International Head-to-Head Haiku Champion, is a co-founder of the Texas Youth Word Collective (TXYWC), and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona in 2009.
Next Edge Reading will be held November 28.
Past Edge Readings: