The Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration brings published writers in several genres, such as poetry, novels, creative nonfiction, juvenile fiction, and screenwriting, to present hands-on workshops to aspiring writers from the community.
Celebration participants are also invited to enter a writing contest in three categories: poetry, short story (fiction) and memoir (nonfiction). In addition to cash prizes, first-place winners of the writing contest have their work published in Mirage, Cochise College’s literary and arts magazine.
Writing Contest Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016
New This year! Evening with the Authors
2016 Celebration Authors
Keynote Speaker: Richard Adams Carey went to Harvard, worked odd jobs, taught in the Yup’ik Eskimo villages of western Alaska, and is now on the faculty of the MFA writing program at Southern New Hampshire University. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have appeared in various magazines and journals. He is the author of four highly praised books of narrative nonfiction, including “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town” (University Press of New England, 2015).
Logan Phillips works to create new opportunities for the intersection of poetry and social justice in wider society. As a bilingual poet, performance artist and DJ he tours his art throughout the US, Latin America and beyond. Born and raised in Cochise County, Arizona, Phillips is the author of Sonoran Strange, his first full-length book of poems published by West End Press (Albuquerque). He lives and works in Tucson.
Meg Files is the author of the novels Meridian 144 and The Third Law of Motion; Home Is the Hunter and Other Stories; The Love Hunter and Other Poems; and Write from Life, a book about using personal experience and taking risks in writing, now out in a new edition. She edited Lasting: Poems on Aging.
Kathryn Conrad is Director of the University of Arizona Press, the premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works in the state of Arizona. She has held marketing and editorial positions at the University of Missouri Press, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, River Styx literary journal, and with Best American Short Stories.
Support the Creative Writing Celebration
Charitable gifts are an important component in advancing the excellence of the Creative Writing Celebration. Your contribution helps cover the cost of event expenses, student registrations and prizes. Contributions are tax deductible. Make a secure online gift to the Freund Creative Writing Fund; mail a gift to the Cochise College Foundation, 4190 West Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607; or call (520) 417-4735 to discuss your donation.
The Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration is co-sponsored by Cochise College, University South Foundation, Inc., Cochise College Foundation’s Diane E. Freund Memorial Writing Celebration Fund, and the City of Sierra Vista Leisure and Library Services, with support from other community businesses and organizations.
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