The New Pueblo: A Multilingual Celebration of Voice and Culture from Tucson and the Sonoran Desert. A 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE event.
El Presidio Park Plaza, on the grounds of the historic Pima County Courthouse, 160 W. Alameda, 3:00PM-7:00PM, September 24th, 2011.
As participants at one of 650 simultaneously scheduled events in 450 cities and 95 countries to answer the global call from 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE, performers and audience members alike will represent Southern Arizona in the world’s largest ever poetry reading. The New Pueblo shares the 100TPFC commitment to make September 24 the first day in the absolutely critical mission to “seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.”
We’ve added several incredible poets/performers: See below. And……
Capoeira Mandinga Tucson will be conducting all-age capoeira workshops from 3:30-5:00.
Lisa Levine will be painting children’s faces.
Hopefully we’ll have more to announce. I know there are folks reading this right now with some serious skills that could be put to use.
Now, for the line-up……….
vBen Quick ¤ Essayist, Poet, Teacher, Activist ¤ Organizer and Host ¤ Hometown: Dixon, IL ¤ ben-quick.com
vKristen Nelson ¤ Founder and Executive Director of Casa Libre en la Solana ¤ http://www.kristenenelson.com
vMike Wilson ¤ Tohono O’odham Human Rights Activist
vLisa Bowden ¤ Co-founder and Publisher of Kore Press ¤ Kore’s GRRLS Literary Activism Project
vAisha Sloan ¤ Essayist, Teacher, Activist ¤ Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
vSewing the Seeds: A Women’s Writing Collective presents: Mari Herreras ¤ Rosi Andrade ¤ Geneva Escobar ¤ Elena Díaz Bjorkquist ¤ Jenny Fiero ¤ Kaitlin Meadows ¤ Wanda Poindexter
v4:20-4:50 OPEN MIC
vChet Phillips ¤ Essayist, Poet, Activist ¤ Cascabel Working Group Co-Chair
vWaylon Nakai Begay ¤ Dine Poet, Scholar, Activist ¤ Hometown: Shonto, AZ
vTucson Youth Poetry Slam and YWCA’s Nuestra Voz present: Sarah Gonzales ¤ Director of Racial Justice Programs, Tucson YWCA ¤ Alexia Vasquez, Sunnyside High Alum ¤ Amy Briseno, Sunnyside High Alum ¤ Enrique Garcia, Junior at Pueblo High
v5:30-6:00 OPEN MIC
vLisa O’Neill ¤ Essayist, Teacher, Musician, Activist ¤ Hometown: New Orleans, LA
vLeon De La Rosa ¤ Professor of Art at the Universidad Autónoma de CIudad Juárez ¤ leondelarosa.org
vOcotillo Poetry Slam, Tucson’s official poetry slam presents: Maya Asher ¤ Shaikh Sammed ¤ Brian Towne ¤ Mickey Randelman ¤ Melissa Della Femina.
I want to remind you all again that every artist and performer is Tucson-based and is giving his or her time to help make this historic event a success. Remember that when it comes time to make purchases or donations. Help support your community, and your community will help support you.