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Guest Poets

Jefferson Carter

Jefferson Carter has lived in Tucson since 1954. He teaches developmental composition and poetry writing at Pima Community College, Downtown Campus.. Currently, he is the Writing Department Chair. He has won a Tucson / Pima Arts Council Literary Arts Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in such journals and e-zines as Carolina Quarterly, CrossConnect and Barrow Street. His chapbook Tough Love was the winner of the Riverstone Poetry Press Award. Sentimental Blue is his seventh collection of poetry.

Meg Files

Meg Files is chair of the English and Journalism Department at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, she also teaches creative writing and directs the annual Pima Writers' Workshop. She has also served as director of the Colorado Mountain Writers' Workshop and the Gila Writers' Conference. She is the editor of Lasting: Poems on Aging (2005); and author of Meridian 144 (1991); Home is the Hunter (1996); and Write From Life: Turning Your Experiences into Compelling Stories (2002). Her poems, stories, articles and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Crazyhorse, Oxford

Magazine, Fiction and The Tampa Review.

Andre Gavino

Andre Gavino, otherwise known as "The FunKtional Adix" or "FunK," can boast of a proud lineage: Filipino and Irish, but his presence is fully in the here and now. FunK is a powerful stage performer who has been coming up in the industry for nearly a decade, crafting his brand of musical spoken word even as he did double-duty as cameraman and film producer for projects such as his weekly Cable Access show “The FunKtional Adix Showcase.” He blends technology with the art of poetry to present a riveting multimedia experience few in the spoken word arena have achieved. As Artist in Residence for The Osborne Middle School District and teacher/poet for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, FunK has educated and encouraged countless artists and students to learn more about the world of performance poetry.

Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane began performing his poetry in 1997. In 1998 he was published in artsdfw magazine and in 1999 he created The Slams Volume One: Dallas CD. He competed with the inaugural Flagstaff poetry slam team at the 2001 National Poetry Slam in Seattle. Christopher began the Canyon Moon Slam Series in 2002. Christopher.s first book of poetry, "who is your god now?" was published in 2002. In 2004, Christopher coached the 2004 Team NORAZ to their best ranking to date, 24th out of 69 teams in St. Louis, MO. NORAZ Poets began in 2003 under Christopher's direction and became an official 501(c)(3) organization in 2005.

Demetria Martinez

Demetria Martinez is the author of numerous works, including Confessions of a Berlitz Tape Chicana: Collected Columns (2005), the widely translated novel, Mother Tongue (1997), winner of a Western States Book Award for Fiction, and two poetry collections; Breathing Between the Lines: Poems (1997), and The Devil's Workshop (2002). Martinez earned her BA in public policy from Princeton, and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is active with Enlace Comunitario, an immigrants' rights group that serves Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence, and teaches a workshop, "Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World."

Simon Ortiz

Simon J. Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo Native American, won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas (1993), and has taught at numerous institutions, including The Institute of American Indian Arts, Navajo Community College, Sinte Gleske College, San Diego State University, Marin College, Lewis and Clark College, Colorado College. He is currently a faculty member of the University of Toronto. His many published collections of poetry include Out There Somewhere (2002), From Sand Creek: Rising in Our Heart Which is This America (2000), After and Before the Lightning (1994), Woven Stone (1992), and Going for the Rain (1976).

Barrie Ryan

Barrie Ryan is the author of three poetry collections, Creek Ceremony (2005), Shedding our skins (1989), and How the World is Given to Us (1998). She earned her BA from the University of Arizona, and her MA from New York University. She taught writing and literature at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and Greenfields School. For many years she served as a social worker assisting homeless people, and those living with AIDS. Currently she volunteers with hospice. The Sonoran Desert Bioregion has been her actual and spiritual home for more than 40 years.

Richard Shelton

Richard Shelton is one of Arizona's foremost poets, authors and creative writing instructors. He began teaching at The University of Arizona in 1960, and is currently a Regents Professor in their English Department's Creative Writing program, where he also served as director from 1979-1981. He won the International Poetry Forum's U.S. Award for The Tattooed Desert (1971), which was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His other poetry books include The Bus to Veracruz (1978); You Can't Have Everything (1975); and Of All the Dirty Words (1972). For more than three decades, he has directed writing workshops at Arizona State prisons


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