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: March 6th, 2017.
Keynote Speaker: Katherine Towler is author of The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship, and the novels Snow Island, Evening Ferry, and Island Light, a trilogy set on a fictional New England island. She is also co-editor with Ilya Kaminsky of A God in the House: Poets Talk About Faith. She earned an M.A. in Writing at Johns Hopkins and an M.A. in English Literature at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.
Editor: J.L. (Jessica) Powers has worked in the small independent publishing world since 2002. Currently, she works as a publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, moonlights as an editor for Akashic Books, and runs her own small press, Catalyst Book Press, which is re-branding and re-launching in 2017. She runs and edits the website The Pirate Tree, a collective of writers who focus on children’s literature and social justice issues. Powers is the award-winning author of 7 books for children and young adults. Her 8th book, Broken Circle, which she co-wrote with her brother, is due out in 2017.
Fiction Presenter: Mary Sojourner’s new short story collection, The Talker, comes out from Torrey House Press in March 2017. She is the author of three novels: Sisters of the Dream , Going Through Ghosts and 29; the short story collection Delicate, essay collections Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest, and Bonelight: Rituals of Loss and Desire; two memoirs, She Bets Her Life and Solace. She reviews books for KNAU’s Southwest Reviews. She’s the author of op eds and columns for High Country News, Yoga Journal, Writers on the Range, Matador Network and dozens of other publications. She was chosen as a Distinguished Writer in Residence in 2007 by the Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU. She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing. Writing is the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend – oneself and the greater world. Through her website breakthrough writing, she provides free weekly writing tips, challenges, and craft exercises.
Poetry Presenter: Ken Waldman is a writer, musician, and educator. As a writer, he’s had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, and over 400 poems and stories in journals and anthologies. As a performer, he combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling. As a workshop leader, he strives to live up to this quote by writer Naomi Shihab Nye: “I conducted classes in a number of communities (Ken Waldman) taught in, and heard good stories testifying to the mark he had made on the writers of those places. He gave enthusiastic encouragement. He spread the cheer of genuine work.” Ken Waldman website.
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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