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QUEER POETRY SALON
Queer Poetry Salon is a safe space for queer writers to share ideas & poetry while providing opportunities to mobilize for the community. Any LGBTQIA writer can share two short selections during an open mic period before the featured readers. This is a test lab for queer literature wherein we share new work & grow our queer community. This month our featured writers are poets Anna Flores & Megan Atencia.
Equality Arizona began the Salon in 2019 & has reached hundreds of people. We are excited this January to be working with Palabras Bilingual Bookstore. Both of our featured readers this month are pivotal figures in local literary & social justice movements.
Anna Flores is a writer and actress born in Nogales, Arizona. She is a co-founder of the New Carpa Theater Collective, author of Pocha Theory, and MFA candidate at Arizona State University. Flores is published in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. She believes the fragmented, imagistic form of poetry is most like our inherent, human way of processing thought.
Megan Atencia graduated from ASU in May of 2017 with degrees in Global Health, English Literature, and Spanish. During and directly after college, she worked in nonprofit global health fields and quickly learned that draining your soul is probably not the best way to save the world. Instead, you have to change people -- and while poetry can't change the world, poetry can change people... and people change the world. Megan now works as a teaching artist, poet, and aspiring poetry therapist. She teaches English Literature full time at an alternative high school in South Phoenix. Her current projects include community workshops in Phoenix and Tempe with underprivileged youth and mental/behavioral health patients, founding the writing collective Water Sprouts, and learning how to have self-care. She can be found at mayagainpoetry.com .