Four Chambers Literary Magazine Is a Pleasant, Thought-Provoking Read

Categories: Literary, Review

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Lynn Trimble
Four Chambers issues spotted at Stinkweeds on Small Business Saturday last month.
Shoving your nose in a favorite bit of reading material is a beloved coping mechanism this time of year, so we're tickled with the timing of the latest issue of Four Chambers, released in October.

The Four Chambers folk, who are based in Phoenix, describe their work as an "independent community literary magazine." They're all about raising the visibility of literary arts and increasing community engagement with the local literary scene.


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Sprawlr, a Digital Magazine For All Things Arizona, Launches December 15

Categories: Literary

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Sprawlr fuses Arizona-centric stories and non-fiction in a fresh online format.

We here at Jackalope Ranch have been following Sprawlr for the past few months. We're excited to announce that the eagerly anticipated digital magazine will finally launch on Monday, December 15.


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Phoenix to Host Individual World Poetry Slam October 8-11

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Phoenix is about to get a whole lot Slam-mier.

Seventy-two competitive slam poets walk into a coffee shop in Phoenix. This is not a joke. There will be no punchline.

The Arizona Humanities Council will play host to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, a four-day event that pits "presentative poets" against one another. The competition itself exists as a series of timed bouts, each judged by five randomly selected audience members. The top 12 competitors will move on to the final round on Saturday, October 11, hosted at Marquee Theatre.


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HomeBase Poetry to Host Show with Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey at New Location

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Ed Mabrey's performing in Phoenix.
HomeBase Poetry has a new home base.

The local organization, which has been hosting poetry open mics on the first Sunday of the month for more than five years, has left the downtown Phoenix Renaissance Hotel and moved north to the Sheraton Crescent off Dunlap Avenue and the Black Canyon Freeway.

On Sunday, October 5, HomeBase will be kicking things off at its new performance venue with special guest and three-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey.


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Poet Sherman Alexie to Speak at Scottsdale Community College September 18

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If you want to know "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel," you might want to turn to Sherman Alexie. The award-winning poet, author, and screenwriter best known for his personal portrayal of native American culture in society will be making a visit to Scottsdale Community College on Thursday, September 18, as part of the school's ongoing American Indian Program speaker series.


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Daniel Levitin on Why Being Organized Is More Important Than Ever Before

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Daniel Levitin's at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix this week.

Daniel Levitin was in his 30s when he went back to college and got a degree in cognitive psychology, launching the career that has made him a best-selling author. His first book, This Is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession (2006), spent more than a year on The New York Times Bestseller List.

Not that Levitin was a slacker before that. He'd racked up more than a dozen gold and platinum records as a music producer and consultant, working with Steely Dan, Blue Oyster Cult, and Stevie Wonder. He also did pretty well as a stand-up comedian and joke writer, performing at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco with Robin Williams and at comedy clubs in California. And he played bass in a San Francisco punk band that opened for Bad Religion.

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Phoenix Center for the Arts to Host Summer Author Event August 16

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Looks like your summer reading list is about to get a little longer.

On Saturday, August 16, Phoenix Center for the Arts is inviting bookworms and writers to meet and greet more than 30 local authors for the one-day-only Summer Author Event hosted by Write Market Design and the Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup. This free gathering will give the literary community a chance to mix and mingle with veteran authors and recently published ones who are making their debut.


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Phoenix's Four Chambers Press to Hold Literary Flash Mob on the Light Rail

Categories: Events, Literary

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Jared Duran
Shawnte Orion reads during Four Chambers Press' recent "Festival of Literary Oddities," held at Bragg's Pie Factory.

When most people think of public art, the usual images of street festivals, sculptures, and decorative fountains come to mind. But for the minds behind Four Chambers Press, public art can be so much more.

For its latest endeavor, the year-old literary journal continues reaching out into the community with the Flash Your Fiction: Literary Flash Mob, a public reading taking place on the light rail, scheduled for Saturday, September 13. Beginning at the Central and Camelback light rail station and running all the way to the end of the line in Mesa, before returning to Central and Roosevelt, the event is both a sprint and a marathon for prospective participants.

As the journal prepares for the release of its second issue in October, Four Chambers co-founder and editor-in-chief Jake Friedman explained the magazine's public arm as simply another half of its mission, with the light rail being yet another realm of accessibility to broach in reaching the broadest audience possible.

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Tempe Author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo on Why Young-Adult Books Are for Everyone

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Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is a petite woman with long, black hair that today she's pulled back, save for a few wisps that frame her face. She's personable, but not bubbly, and passionate without being overbearing. She alternates between sips of water and coffee and she is, as she'll later admit, understandably nervous -- this is her first face-to-face interview to promote her first book, The Fourth Wall.

The 235-page piece follows a young girl, Marin, who adopts lucid dreaming (a dream in which one is keenly aware he or she is actively dreaming) as a way to escape reality after her mother's death. She creates a safe haven, devoid of memory and sadness, but the dream becomes a nightmare, and something inside of it doesn't want her to wake up.

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Miles to Go's Promises to Keep Volume Two Now Available for Pre-Order

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With June more than half over and July just around the corner, it's high time you finalized your summer reading list. Fortunately for you, local clothing company Miles to Go, which silkscreens imagery from literary classics onto crew neck T-shirts and totes, has a few suggestions.

Make that almost 100.


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