Poetry Reading

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Site will no longer be updated

Hi Everyone,

As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction.  I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands.  This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader.  I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.

I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.

Best Regards.


Poetry Reading Events! February 1st, 2nd, and 5th

  • Spillers 3 Mon 2/1 at 8 pm at Crescent Ballroom (308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003) featuring Leah Newsom, Troy Farah, Patrick Michale Finn et al (fb event here)
  • Kim Kyung Ju Tue 2/2 at 6:30 pm at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004), an internationally acclaimed poet from South Korea making his US debut, reading with translator Jake Levine (fb event here)
  • Terrance Hayes Fri 2/5 at 7 pm at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) presented by the University of Arizona Poetry Center (fb event here)

Four Chambers and Eye Lounge – Ekphrastic Collaboration – Collaboration Submissions

(Please note – I am not Jake, nor am I affiliated with four chambers. -Webmaster 🙂
Hi everybody!
Four Chambers will be partnering with the downtown Phoenix contemporary art space and collective eye lounge to pair eleven local authors with their current members to produce original ekphrastic work for a show during Art Detour (opening March 18th, 2016) and, if you or anyone else you know might be interested–friends, partners, writers, teachers, students, peers, etc–please feel free to apply / pass along the attached information / send them our way.
Just let me know if you have any questions? Applying is basically as easy as sending us an e-mail, the deadline for applications is Wednesday December 9th. Hope you all have a happy holidays if you are into that sort of thing, looking forward to seeing everyone around soon!

Four Chambers – June 19th Limited Engagement Reading and Interview Featuring Frank Jackson

Limited Engagement Reading and Interview Featuring Frank Jackson

LE 02 Flier Frank Jackson

Four Chambers Call for Submissions – Deadline July 6th, 2015

Four Chambers
The Heart of Literature
(website; facebook; twitter; order; submit)


Four Chambers Presents Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum First Friday March 6th

Hi Everybody!

Sorry to bother you, but we just wanted to invite you to the release of our latest project Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) on First Friday March 6th, where we’ll be staging walking tours and live performances throughout the evening.

For more information, please see the attached press release or facebook event. Please feel free to share through newsletters, social media, with anyone you know who might be interested. To order the book, visit our website (here).

Just let us know if you have any questions, thanks so much, and hope to see you there!

La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild

La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild offers programming that promotes intergenerational and intercultural dialogue outside of the university setting. LaPWG strives to offer a safe space for all individuals in order to improve written, oral, and visual literacies in the Phoenix area. All classes, special events, and workshops are designed to engage participants in a larger dialogue about current events through the examination of classic and contemporary literature. Instructors introduce critical thought for novice and professional writers of all ages, creating a forum for participants to develop and expand their work beyond the walls of laPWG.

Through these endeavors, laPWG seeks to help local writers master various levels of craft, become contributing voices in the community, engage in social activism, publish their work, and develop teaching and writing partnerships within the greater Phoenix area.

Fall classes include: Into The Mystic: Poems of Devotion & Ecstasy, Intro to Prose Writing, Teen Writing, Fairy Tales & Their Modern Re-workings, Appalachian Poetry, & a 1-week Revision Workshop (Poetry).
Group Name: La Phoenikera Writers’ Guild
Group type or focus: Creative Writing Classes


(August 8) Open Mic Night at 24 carrots

Hello Friends,

Our small family owned cafe in Tempe is hosting a poetry & music open mic night on friday August 8th from 6 pm to 8ish, i would love to extend an invitation to the members of this meet up to join us 🙂

in addition to celebrating the creativity of our community, we’ll be raising awareness and “selling” mini cupcakes for donation, proceeds benefiting one of our chef’s infant nephews battling a rare disease called Shwachmann Diamond Syndrome (SDS), and to raise awareness of this condition.

We host an open mic once a month and try our best to pay it forward during these events by supporting our communities causes. If you can help us pass this along I’d appreciate it greatly 🙂

more details can be found here:



Wednesday, July 10 – Free Association Open Mic Poetry Series featuring R.S. Mengert & Jake Friedman

Free Association Open Mic Poetry Seriesfeaturing R.S. Mengert & Jake Friedman

Wednesday July 10th

Glendale Community College (in Student Union room 104)
6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302

FREE and open to the public

open mic starts at 7pm

hosted by Shawnte Orion

R.S. Mengert teaches English and Creative Writing at Phoenix College and Glendale Community College. He earned his MFA in poetry at Syracuse University. He has won The Joyce Carol Oates Award for Poetry, and a first place award in The Arizona State Poetry Society’s annual contest. His poems appear in ABZ Poetry Magazine, The Café Review, Snail Mail Review, and Enizagam.

Jake Friedman translates menus for diners at a downtown restaurant. He runs a Phoenix writing group and screens for Hayden’s Ferry Review. He is preparing to launch a new literary journal for 2014.