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CALLING ALL AUTHORS: Four Chambers is looking for 8 writers to participate in Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light (Feb 24 – 26, 2017)

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The deadline for applications is Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Four Chambers Canal Convergence


CONTACT: Jake Friedman, Director | 240.593.1757 |


Four Chambers Announces Partnership with Canal Convergence

Small Press Seeks Eight Authors to Respond to Temporary Art February 23 – 26, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ (January 9, 2017) . . . Independent community literary magazine and small press Four Chambers will be partnering with Scottsdale Public Art to bring a literary component to the annual Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light interactive art event on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

Canal Convergence, which draws over 50,000 people and is entering its fifth year, brings together international and local artists to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive art event at the Scottsdale Waterfront (between Soleri Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard) from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26.

Four Chambers will be seeking eight authors to respond to the festival’s featured installations. While each author will have ample time to prepare for and research their artist, authors will be asked to embrace the festival’s dynamic, temporary nature, and create their work during Canal Convergence itself. The finished pieces will be performed on Sunday, February 26th, on the main stage at 5 p.m.

A number of similar projects have been organized by the press over the past several years with the Phoenix Art Museum, the Welcome Hospitality restaurant group, and the downtown Phoenix art space Eye Lounge.

“Partnerships like this directly advance our mission of giving greater visibility to the literary arts and encouraging their larger participation in the cultural scene,” states Four Chambers Founder Jake Friedman. “They also serve to create a more dynamic experience for those who attend, and illustrates the richness and diversity of the arts scene within the Valley as a whole. We’re exceedingly grateful to Scottsdale Public Art for including us in such a time-honored tradition, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing what our authors come up with.”

Individuals who are interested in applying should visit Four Chambers website to review the guidelines and materials, prepare a short cover letter and portfolio, and complete the application. There are no formal requirements or qualifications, and individuals of all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Decisions will be based on (a) the strength of the author’s portfolio, (b) the author’s choice of artists, and (c) holistic considerations for the project as a whole. All application materials are available online at

Authors will perform their work on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 on the Main Stage of Canal Convergence from 5 – 6:30 pm. Finished work will also be posted on Scottsdale Public Art’s website. Authors will receive a $100 stipend for their work.

Canal Convergence 2017 features 8 large scale installations from international artists, including:

Polygonum 2.0 by Tom Dekyvere
Polygonum 2.0
by Belgian artist Tom Dekyvere is a large geometrical rhizome construction of rope and reflective triangles lit with multi-color LEDs. Consisting of over 13,000 feet of rope, the artwork will be installed above the Arizona canal between Soleri Bridge and Marshall Way Bridge, and will extend up to wrap the Marshall Way Bridge. Dekyvere’s public art practice explores the evolving and often unexpected bond between technology and the natural world. Polygonum 2.0 showcases the relationships between the organic and artificial structures specific to the landscape of Scottsdale Waterfront and the people who inhabit it.

Les Luminéoles and Lentille d’eau by Porté par le vent
Founded by kite and paragliding enthusiast Christophe Martine, artist association Porté par le vent brings two installations to Scottsdale from their native France: Les Luminéoles and Lentille d’eau. Les Luminéoles is a procession of five colorful “helium light kites” that will soar into the sky each evening to perform an enchanting aerial ballet. The kites take the forms of carps and dragonflies, and each creature is piloted by a single person residing in large, blooming flower on the ground that lights up with each flight. Lentille d’eau is a light installation composed of 50 luminous spheres which will be placed in the canal from Marshall Way Bridge to Goldwater Boulevard, and will radiate different color sequences each night.

Los Trompos by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
Scottsdale Public Art’s featured fall installation Los Trompos by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena will be relocated from their various locations around Scottsdale to the Scottsdale Waterfront to join the installations of Canal Convergence 2017. The 10 brightly colored, interactive “spinning-top” sculptures are made from fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans. The fabric is stretched over the structures to seat several people at once. Functioning as both artwork and rotating seating spaces, each sculpture will act as a gathering place for relaxation, social interaction and entertainment at Canal Convergence.

IMPULSE Creation and production: Lateral Office and CS Design, Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada, Executive Producer: CREOS
During Canal Convergence 2017, parts of the Scottsdale Waterfront will be transformed into a light-up playground with IMPLUSE: an installation of 15 illuminated seesaws. When IMPULSE is activated by the motion of the seesaw-rider, each seesaw will produce a unique sequence of light and sound. When the seesaws are not in use, they return to a horizontal position with a subtle glow, waiting for the next set of visitors to climb on. IMPULSE is the collaborative creation of designers Lateral Office, CS Design, EGP and Group Mitchell Akiyama. It is owned by Quartier des spectacles Partnership and administered by the artist management group CREOS.

Blumen Lumen by Foldhaus Artist Collective
Blumen Lumen
by Foldhaus Artist Collective is a grouping of seven larger-than-life origami flowers that bloom and glow with multiple colors as people move around them. When they are not activated by movement, the flowers close and bloom intermittently. Blumen Lumen premiered at Burning Man 2013 and has since traveled to art festivals throughout the United States creating a sense of communal wonder for all those who encounter them. During Canal Convergence, Foldhaus Artist Collective will offer a workshop where participants will learn how to make their own small scale, take-home folded geometric flower.

HYBYCOZO by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu
by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu is an installation of three, seven-foot tall polyhedron sculptures inspired by natural forms, ancient Islamic tiles, mathematics and geometry. Each sculpture will be lit with LEDs from the inside in order to cast colorful, intricate shadows highlighting “the inherent beauty of universal geometric form, symmetry and pattern.” HYBYCOZO was created through the collaboration of two artist: environmental scientist Yelena Filipchuk and industrial designer Serge Beaulieu. During Canal Convergence, the artists will conduct a Make Your Own Geometric Work of Light workshop where participants can make a small scale polyhedron light to take home.

Canal Creatures – Where Are They Now? by Isaac Caruso and Ashley Macias
Canal Creatures – Where Are They Now?
by Arizona-based muralist and painters Isaac Caruso and Ashley Macias will be an interactive mural painting installation placed at the underpass of the Marshall Way Bridge. The mural will follow the story of the Canal Creatures mural project, which was created by the artists during the 2013 SRP Canal Dry-Up at the Scottsdale Waterfront. With this installation, Caruso and Macias answer the question of what these creatures would look like now if they continued to grow and thrive in the canal. Caruso and Macias will paint the murals live during the first two days of Canal Convergence, and on the second two days they will invite the public to participate in the painting of the mural. The resulting collaborative artwork will continue to be on display at the waterfront after Canal Convergence has ended.

Moonflower by Yun Quin Lee

Moonflower is an iridescent arrangement of flower sculptures that begin to glow as the evening sets in. Each flower’s petals are constructed with plastic netting covered in glow-in-the-dark paint, which is then lit up from the inside by its own solar-powered LED. The combination of the inner and outer glow radiating in the dark invites passersby to enter the luminous garden and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Additionally, the modular, wireless nature of the display will allow each flower the opportunity to take on a second life in people’s gardens after its next installation at i Light Marina Bay, Singapore’s annual light-based art festival.

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About Canal Convergence
Canal Convergence Water +Art + Light is free event created by Scottsdale Public Art that brings interactive, contemporary art installations by local and international artists to the Scottsdale Waterfront between Scottsdale and Goldwater roads. This annual celebration of art, water and light also includes hands-on activities, family-friendly workshops, live music and performances throughout all four days.

About Four Chambers Press

Four Chambers is an independent literary magazine and small press based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts, encourage their larger participation in the cultural, and develop a community of writers and readers. For more information, please visit


Writers Resist

Writers Resist Flier

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Sally Ball, Organizer

National #WritersResist Movement Comes to Phoenix
Local Authors to Read Sunday January 15th at Burton Barr Public Library

PHOENIX, AZ (January 3rd, 2017) . . . On Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 3 pm, prominent authors from all over the state of Arizona will gather at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003) to show their solidarity with the national #WritersResist movement, read work from a diverse American literary canon, and reassert their commitment to the ideals of democracy.

Authors reading at the event are locally and nationally recognized professors, poets laureate, founders of presses and reading series, civil rights activists, competitors on national slam poetry teams, winners of awards from the American Book Association and PEN America, recipients of grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and more. Authors include:

Andrea Avery / Sally Ball / Matt Bell / Harold Branch / Adrienne Celt / Natalie Diaz / Rosemarie Dombrowski / Fatima Halim / Alison Hawthorne Deming / Myrlin Hepworth / Cynthia Hogue / Leah Marché / Farid Matuk / Alberto Ríos / Joy Young

“This is unprecedented,” states Jake Friedman, founder of local journal and small press Four Chambers. “I cannot think of a time in recent memory that such an impressive and diverse group of authors have come together in the state of Arizona for an event of this magnitude and scale, particularly one that is open to the public, free, and advancing a renewed public agenda for the fundamental civil rights of free speech, self-determination, and liberty.”

In addition to sharing work from historical voices within America’s diverse literary tradition, the event will also raise awareness for several local non-profits. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Joe Willie Smith.

The flagship Writers Resist event is co-sponsored by PEN America and will be held in New York City, where prominent writers, including American poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove, will gather to “re-inaugurate” their commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy.

Writers Resist was launched after the recent elections by the poet Erin Belieu under the belief that, in order to heal and move forward as individuals and a nation, writers must recommit their focus to the fundamental ideals of democracy and social justice for all. Belieu also co-founded VIDA, a feminist organization dedicated to gender parity in the literary landscape.
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