Poetry of Resistance

    October 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    UA Poetry Center
    Helen S.Schaefer Bldg
    1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85719

    “In the wake of Arizona’s 2010 SB 1070, the UA Press anthology Poetry of Resistance: Voices of Social Justice brought together more than 80 writers in a powerful call for tolerance, reflection, reconciliation, healing and a plea for social change. The poets address a variety of themes, including racial profiling, xenophobia, cultural misunderstanding, violence against refugees, shared identity and much more. Mari Herreras will moderate a conversation between Rodríguez and Espada that explores the timely and forceful poetic response in support of basic human rights. The conversation will be followed by a poetry reading by both Rodríguez and Espada. Presented by the UA Poetry Center with additional support from PEN America.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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