2014 Poets

Recommended for Adult Audiences

Kevin Vaughan 150April 2 - Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker

Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker earned a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from the Arizona State University Creative Writing Program, has published poems in many journals, has served as poetry editor for Hayden's Ferry Review and has taught creative writing for University of Phoenix. Currently, Vaughan-Brubaker is a public art project manager for Scottsdale Public Art, a musician, poet, public artist, actor, sound designer, writer and founding member of Poetry Ninjas. Along with his own poetry, Vaughan-Brubaker will present a performance piece designed for Tempe Poetry for National Poetry Month.

Dexter L. Booth

April 9 - Dexter L. Booth
Dexter L. Booth is the author of a poetry collection, Scratching the Ghost(Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was selected by Major Jackson. His poems have been published in Grist, Willow Springs and New Delta Review. Booth teaches poetry and English composition at Arizona State University. His Masters of Fine Arts is in creative writing and is from Arizona State University. Along with his own poetry, Booth will showcase his visual art.


Valerie Bandura April 16 - Valerie Bandura
Valerie Bandura was born in the former Soviet Union and received degrees from Columbia University and the Masters of Fine Arts Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College where she was the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She received residencies from the Bread Loaf Writer's conference and from the Vermonth Studio Center. Her poems have appeared inPloughsharesPrairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly, Third Coastand Best New Poets (2005). She teaches writing at Arizona State University. Her collection of poems, Freak Show, comes from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books.

 David ChorltonApril 23 - David Chorlton
David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England and spent several years in Vienna, Austria, before moving to Phoenix in 1978. He published his poetry widely in magazines and collections, the latest of which is The Devil's Sonata from FutureCycle Press. Although he became ever more interested in the desert and its wildlife, the shadow side of Vienna emerges in fiction and The Taste of Fog, published by Rain Mountain Press.


Rebecca ByrkitApril 30 - Rebecca Byrkit "Mémoire: Night of the Misforgotten"
Poems and Songs by: Becky Byrkit, Jerry Riopelle, Paul Riopelle, Holly Huffman, Teri Tobin and John Willis 
Rebecca Byrkit's work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Ploughshares and the online Rolling Stone. Her first book, zealand, was nominated for the Western States Book Award. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by six publications. Her fifth book of poetry is due in June. She teaches in the Master of Liberal Studies program at Arizona State University. Byrkit's performance will feature her poems, her band and collaborator Jerry Riopelle.



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