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FOUR CHAMBERS PRESENTS POETRY AND PROSE FOR THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM!

Four Chambers loves literature. Four Chambers also loves art. So, several months ago, we asked authors to visit the Phoenix Art Museum, wander around, and see if they couldn’t write something about a piece of art in the museum.

PRE-ORDER FOR $10!

178 submissions from 98 authors later, we are proud to announce that Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum is now available for pre-order through Friday 3/6 at the very reasonable price of $10 (after which time it will be raised to the slightly less but still very reasonable price of $12)!

 

WALKING TOURS AND LIVE PERFORMANCE 3/6 & 4/4!

Please join us as we celebrate the release of this project with live performances / walking tours at at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004) 6:30 and 7:45 pm on First Friday, March 6th.

On the first tour, we’ll be reading from the modern, contemporary, and photographic collections; on the second, european, american, and asian (with prior exhibitions). We’ll also be staging a full tour / reading on Saturday, April 4th at 4 pm.

Please meet in the lobby.

 

TOPICS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Being an unfinished madonna (religious idol, not pop star); Seeing your loved ones consumed by disease like so many children eating small pieces of candy; St. Anthony of Padua; The Buddha; Being metaphorically consumed in a dancing swarm of fireflies; Being metaphorically chased by literal ghosts; Being a ghost; Being rich and bored; Being a horse; Womanhood; Capitalism; Taxidermy; Being the only animate person at a party full of sculptures; how a painting by Pablo Picasso probably makes a better lover than a painting by Stanton Macdonald Wright; and many more!

Sample work will be released here over the next few weeks.

 

WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT THE PRE-ORDER

Measuring 5.5 x 8.5″ and 68 pages long, printed on fancy natural papers with linen and vellum finish, featuring some 27 poems and 3 prose works from 30 authors (nearly 90% local) in a limited edition print run of 200 copies, we suggest that any interested parties order one today.

 

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WE GOT REVIEW REVIEWED + RD IS KILLING IT!

Four Chambers’ preeminent editor Rosemarie Dombrowski wrote a beautiful and poignant essay entitled, “Academia vs. Poetry: How the Gatekeepers of Contemporary Literature might be Killing It” that was published at the Review Review today (and speaks to a lot of what we’re trying to do here at Four Chambers–and is probably why, of course, we get along with her so well). You can read it here.

In other / similar news: we got reviewed! Read it here. Eternal gratitude + appreciation to Laurence Levey and all the staff at the Review Review for their generous praise and constructive criticism, we look forward to more copy editing / raising those stars for issue 03!

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FOUR CHAMBERS SEEKS POETRY AND PROSE FOR THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For more information, contact:

Jake Friedman

Founder and Editor in Chief

fourchamberspress@gmail.com

240-593-1757

Call for Submissions

Four Chambers Seeks Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix, AZ (December 23rd, 2014)… Four Chambers—what people may or may not know is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, Arizona, also a figurative heart—is looking for local authors to write work in response to exhibitions and collections housed in the Phoenix Art Museum so they can put together a boutique chapbook and stage a live performance in the gallery during Art Detour on First Friday, March 6th (submissions for which close Sunday, February 1st 2015).

Art Loves Literature

Sometimes–in all the hubbub of giving greater visibility to the literary arts and encouraging their larger participation in the cultural scene–people don’t have the opportunity to enjoy art as much as they’d like to. To stop for a moment. Breathe. Smell the roses. The important things in life get missed.

So when things come up and literature doesn’t get to spend as much time with art as it would like to, art can get a little sad.

I mean, I know literature’s been working really hard to create another space in this city where people can come together, have meaningful interactions and build sustainable forms of community and relationship—we’re all so busy trying to do our own thing—it’s just that, well,” art pauses, looks off into the distance and then down. “We just used to have so much fun together. Literature really understood me.” Art sniffs, quavers, and looks up with sad, shining eyes. “I just miss it.”

What happened? Art and literature made each other so happy. They had such a long history. And now, art is completely heartbroken, literature is lonelier than ever, it has no idea what happened, and it has no idea what to do.

Literature Loves Art

So literature called Four Chambers. And after much heartfelt discussion—tears streaming down literature’s face, Four Chambers nodding empathetically on the other line—Four Chambers thinks the best thing literature can do is to ask local authors to go to the Phoenix Art Museum, walk through the galleries, and write something responding to the Museum’s collection of work.

This, the magazine thinks, is the way to win back art’s heart, and will show art that literature cares more than a vintage crockpot from the 1970s or a small yellow cactus in a concrete pot ever could (though both of these would make really great gifts). Then art will understand that literature is truly sorry for whatever it did wrong, people in Phoenix will have a greater sense of cultural cohesiveness and shared identity, and art and literature can continue building the long-lasting relationship they already have.

 Four Chambers Loves You

So all silliness aside,” explains the magazine’s Founder and Editor in Chief Jake Friedman, standing in front of the Art Museum dressed as a baby cupid, “If all we do is help people fall in love with art and / or literature,” adjusting his cloth diaper, shifting the bow and arrow in his hand, “if people can have a slightly more meaningful experience in their life because of this project,” a cold wind causes Friedman to shiver, a wing falling off. “Well…” Friedman shrugs. “That would be a beautiful thing.”

Individuals who are interested in submitting poetry and prose for the Phoenix Art Museum can find more details online at http://fourchamberspress.com/chapbooks/phxart.

Individuals who are interested in visiting the museum may do so for free every Wednesday evening from 3 to 10 pm or every First Friday night from 6 to 10 pm, and any other time, the Museum is open for a modest and reasonable fee. Four Chambers will also be organizing a tour at the Museum Wednesday January 7th at 6:30 pm. Selected works are available online at http://egallery.phxart.org/.

Four Chambers will also be holding a workshop for the project at Rollover Coffee and Doughnuts (10 W Vernon St, Phoenix AZ 85003) on Saturday January 17th, 1 to 4 pm)

Submissions for the project close Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at 11:59 PM MST.

 

About Four Chambers Press Local-National

 

Four Chambers Press is an independent community literary magazine based in Phoenix, AZ that wants to expose you to wonderful literature + give you something to do every once in a while + make your life slightly more meaingful. For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com.

P. S. Here’s a flier

03 Call Phx Art

 

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AHHHHHH WE GOT A REVIEW ON THE PHOENIX NEW TIMES!!!!

You can read it here.  Thanks to Lynn Trimble, Becky Bartowski, Amy Silverman, and everybody at the Phoenix New Times for their continuous and ongoing kindness and support, we are, quite clearly, very grateful.

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SECRET CALL: POETRY AND PROSE FOR THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Don’t tell anybody, but we’re looking for poetry and prose for the Phoenix Art Museum so we can do a live performance / release a chapbook March 2015. Silly press release by the beginning of next week. More details here.

Thanks!