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Sally Ball, Organizer
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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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Poems from Deep South Scottsdale

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Four Chambers Press is very proud to announce the publication of our first full-length work, Poems from Deep South Scottsdale, by Bill Campana.

His most ambitious collection to date, Poems from Deep South Scottsdale finds Bill Campana at the height of his game. Containing all the elements we have come to love and expect–the wry, sardonic observations; surrealist, slapstick humor; unparalleled wit; all held together with the ability to bend a phrase in such a way as to make a Cirque du Soleil dancer blush–here Campana goes one better, offering a portrait of the poet with his soul stripped bare. Amongst the detritus of “pretirement”–the cats, the fast food attendants, ticking clocks, decks of cards, loose shoes–poems… sees a man negotiating the inevitable irony and loss of modern society, for whom comedy and tragedy are two sides of a perpetually spinning coin, but can somehow remain hopeful, who can still crack a joke, sounding a quiet, poignant note in the noise of American life.

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Internationally Acclaimed South Korean Poet Kim Kyung Ju Comes to Phoenix Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Phoenix, AZ (January 11th, 2016) . . . In his first ever US tour, internationally acclaimed South Korean poet Kim Kyung Ju will be celebrating the English-language version release of his best-selling collection, I am A Season that Does Not Exist in the World (Black Ocean Press, 2016) with a reading at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm. Reading with Kim is his translator, Jake Levine. The event is 21+. Admission is free. The reading is presented by Four Chambers Press.

With an increasing interest in international literature and translation from the academic world and the resurgence of Korean literature more generally speaking, Kim’s English language debut is poised to become a contemporary classic. “Both a blessing and a curse to Korean literature,” Kim is already considered one of the strongest voices of his generation, and I Am a Season that Does Not Exist in the World is his capstone work.

While Phoenix has an active literary scene, very rarely does it have the opportunity to host touring authors of such renowned status, especially those who are just making their way into the English-speaking world.

“Over the past year, the University of Arizona Poetry Center held a number of similar readings at the Phoenix Art Museum—Fady Joudah, francine j. harris, Tarfia Faizullah, Mark Doty—with really great turnout and response,” explains Four Chambers Press Executive Director Jake Friedman, who is organizing the Phoenix stop of Kim’s tour. “Hosting authors from all over the world not only enriches our city with a high level of cultural programming, it shows the world that Phoenix is a cultural city. We’re ridiculously excited to hear Kim’s work.”

Originally released in 2006, I Am a Season that Does Not Exist in the World has sold over fifteen thousand copies and is already in its 30th edition. English-language versions of Kim’s work have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Asymptote, and Drunken Boat. Kim has also written over ten books of poetry, essays and plays (several of which are in various stages of being produced off Broadway and abroad). His work is widely anthologized throughout Korea, and has received numerous accolades and awards, most notably the Writer’s Pick for best poem of the year (2008) and Today’s Young Artist Prize by the Korean Government (2009).

In haunting, anti-lyrical verse, I am A Season that Does Not Exist attempts to set the loneliness and anomie of modern society within a broader ecological context. While modern life is saturated with the longing of technological connection, the desire of advertising, and the isolation and minutia of home and work, all the yearning and boredom belies the deeper sadness of being a species whose biological drive is ultimately futile in the face of having caused it’s own mass extinction. At the same time, I am a Season that Does Not Exist is able to celebrate the banal, absurd, quasi-messianic interruptions of simply being alive. And in acknowledging the failed futures of the past—as the wanderer, the post-apocalypse, the fossil, the ghost—Kim is able to apologize for the failures of civilization and provide the reader with some sort of redemption or hope.

Reading with Kim is Jake Levine, whose translation and original work have appeared in The New York Times, The Literary Review, The Asian Literary Review, Paper Darts, Circumference, and others. Levine has been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, a Korean Government Scholarship, and has authored two poetry chapbooks—The Threshold of Erasure (Spork, 2010) and Villna Dybbuk (Country Music). A Tuscon native, Levine has served as the Editor in Chief of Sonora Review and received his MFA from the University of Arizona in 2010. He currently edits poetry for Spork Press with Richard Siken and is completing his PhD in Comparative Literature at Seoul National University.

I Am a Season that Does Not Exist in the World will be available at the event in a general edition from Black Ocean Press and a special handbound edition from Spork Press. Sample work can be found online atGuernica (https://www.guernicamag.com/poetry/the-nail-at-night-gradually-deepens/) or The Boston Review (http://www.bostonreview.net/poetry/npm14-kim-kyung-ju-three-poems). For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com/kkj