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The Written Body: A Reading & Conversation

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New City Phoenix - Student Auditorium

1300 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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What is a body beside a person, a structure, a collection, the hull of a ship? Can there be a body of hope, of sorrow, of dreams, of poetry? And what of writing? How does it move us, help give shape to thought and experience? Join us as we explore the written body with poet Eloisa Amezcua, memoirist Andrea Avery, & novelist Kirstin Chen. Moderated by writer María Isabel Álvarez. Audience Q&A to follow.

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Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. She earned a BA in English from the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Lindsey J. Cropper Award for Creative Writing in Poetry selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In 2014, she completed the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She's received fellowships & scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, & the NY State Summer Writers Institute. Amezcua's debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón, (Shelterbelt Press, 2018). She is the author of three chapbooks: On Not Screaming (Horse Less Press, 2016), Symptoms of Teething, winner of the 2016 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2017), & Mexicamericana (Porkbelly Press, 2017). The founding editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry, Associate Poetry Editor at Honeysuckle Press, & founder of Costura Creative, Eloisa lives in Columbus, OH.

Andrea Avery holds an MFA from Arizona State University and teaches English in Phoenix. She is the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano (Pegasus Books). Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Oxford American, Real Simple, and The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, Behavior (Oxford U. Press), among others. She was a finalist in Glamour magazine’s annual essay contest and the winner of the Real Simple "Life Lessons" contest. She is an active volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation and available for speaking engagements, signings, book clubs, and other events.

Kirstin Chen’s second novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), was named a best book of the year by Entropy, Popsugar, and Book Bub, and a top pick of the season by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine “book to pick up now,” and a Glamour book club pick. She has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the National Arts Council of Singapore. Her writing has appeared in Real Simple, Literary Hub, Manrepeller, Zyzzyva, and the Best New Singaporean Short Stories, among others. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and a BA from Stanford University. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco, where she is working on a novel about the counterfeit handbag trade. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

María Isabel Álvarez, born in Guatemala and raised in Arizona, received her MFA from Arizona State University. Her stories have appeared in Black Warrior Review,Sonora Review, Gulf Coast, Arts & Letters, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia Journal, among other venues, and her poetry can be found in DIALOGIST, Rust + Moth, Breakwater Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Along with Dante Di Stefano, she is the co-editor of the poetry anthology Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America (NYQ Books 2018). She lives in Arizona and is currently at work on a novel and short story collection.

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