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Edge 38: 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.

Layli Long Soldier and
The Esperanza Dance Project

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:30 p.
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.


Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is currently pursuing her MFA at Bard College. She is a two-time recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship. She is also a recipient of the Naropa University’s 2009 Summer Writing Program Scholarship. She has served as editor-in-chief for “Native Language Network” and other publications for the Indigenous Language Institute in Santa Fe, NM. She currently resides in Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo reservation and teaches at Dine’ College. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled, Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010).






The Esperanza Dance Project is a multi-media performance project whose mission is to raise awareness, create visibility and educate teens and adults about childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence through the use of dance/performance, language/writing and visual art/film. Additionally, we strive to deliver a message of hope, strength and empowerment for audiences, as well as provide tools for discussion, understanding and community conversation through high school performance assemblies and post-performance q&a's, interactive pre-performance high school classroom curriculum and on-going teen peer advocacy and support connections. The Esperanza Dance Project is a new dance and performance group which developed out of a need to address the topic of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault in a manner which was both empowering to teens and co-created by teens, and through a format or medium which allowed for education, visibility, accessibility, demystification, and communication of our subject. Our organization was founded in January 2011 by Beth Braun, a professional dancer, choreographer and high school dance educator, who directs the dance program at Rincon/University High School. Our project involves over 25 teen and adult dancers, artists, writers and performers, of diverse ethnicities, narratives, genders, backgrounds, artistic training, abilities and ages. The Esperanza Dance Project has previously performed at the JCC and Take Back the Night, in 2011, and held their first public performance in June 2011, at Zuzi's Theatre in the Historic YMCA. They have collaborated with the performance poet Vy Kieu, The Human Project, and the video artist Chris Montgomery, among others.

Next Edge Reading will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Past Edge Readings:

Sept 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010


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