“Poetry is dead. Long live poetry” at the Wickenburg Literary Festival with Jake Friedman
Saturday, April 8th
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Wickenburg Public Library
164 E Apache St – Wickenburg, AZ 85390
For some reason-probably school-people think that poetry is inaccessible, boring, difficult to understand, and the exclusive province of old white men writing before the 20th century. Poetry is not only alive and well-it’s written by plenty of people who are not dead white men, and they are doing some of the most interesting, exciting, and innovative things. Explore strategies and resources to stay connected with the national and local scene. In this hour-long session, we’ll read and discuss a random sampling of poems from contemporary authors working in a variety of styles and forms.
ABOUT JAKE FRIEDMAN
Jake Friedman is a writer, editor, publisher, community organizer, and arts and culture administrator specializing in creative writing and contemporary literature. He currently serves as a Coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he is responsible for marketing, outreach, communications and event planning. He is the Founder and Editor in Chief of an independent community literary magazine and small press called Four Chambers. Friedman is also a board member for Cardboard House Press, a bilingual publisher dedicated to increasing access to Latin American and Spanish literature and art for English and Spanish readers. Beyond this, Jake has extensive experience organizing numerous grassroots events and activities throughout the Valley (including readings, writing groups, workshops, classes, presentations, and other programs). He has served as an intern with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has also bartended / waited tables. Friedman writes in multiple genres and forms, and is usually concerned with media, political economy, culture, and other critical perspectives.