Upcoming Features, Workshops, and Festivals:
Saturdays in October: Cartonera Collective with Cardboard House Press at Palabras Bookstore
Wednesdays: Poetry/Zine Workshop at Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club
“Mesa announces proposals selected for Main Street Prototyping Festival,” mynewsmesa.com, July 17, 2017
“Beware: AIDS Does Not Discriminate,” Social Pukar: The Social Call for One and All, August 18, 2016
“ASU students commit to boosting global health, starting with Uganda,” School of Human Evolution and Social Change, September 27, 2014
Current Community Projects/ Involvement:
At this alternative high school, I manage the computer labs to ensure online course completion, and implement creative programming to increase retention and literacy.
ESL (English as a Second Language) Program at the Immigration and Worker Center:
I run the ESL Program for union workers and community members, and combine English lessons with Civics for naturalization preparation.
Cartonera Collective with Cardboard House Press:
Cartonera Collective is a project of Cardboard House Press, a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to the creation of bilingual spaces and media for cultural, artistic, and literary development through the publication of writing, art, and contemporary thought from Latin America and Spain through bilingual events, community projects and workshops. We make bilingual, artisanal books from Latin American authors.
Past Features and Engagement:
9/18: rinky dink press series 5 launch at First Friday
7/18: Cardboard House Press Showcase at First Friday
5/18: Zine Workshop at Phoenix Comic Fest
4/18: Write on, Downtown Community Launch at Changing Hands Bookstore
4/18: National Poetry Month Celebration on 7th Ave
4/18: Tempe Community Writing Contest Banquet at Tempe Public Library
3/18: In Sight II Reading at Megaphone Phoenix
3/18: Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam Judge
3/18: First Friday Femmes and Poetry Night at Local First Arizona
2/18: Sun City Microzine Workshop with Rosemarie Dombrowski
2/18: Rinky Dink Press Series 4 Launch at Local First Arizona
1/18: In Sight II: Literature +Art at New City Studios with Dani Godreau and Four Chambers Press
12/17: Intersections: The Valley of the Sun Launch at Phoenix Poetry Series
11/17: Main Street Prototyping Festival with Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club and the Mesa Arts Center
10/17: Phoenix Zine Fest with rinky dink press
10/17: Las Vegas Book Festival with rinky dink press
9/17: Magnetic Poetry at Day for Kids Event with Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club
8/17: Blackout Poetry Night at Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club
7/17: Unsellable Inventories Launch at Phoenix Poetry Series
6/17: rinky dink press series 3 launch at Wasted Ink Zine Distro
4/17 : In the Margins: The Hats We’re Made to Wear Storytelling Event at Wasted Ink Zine Distro
2/17: Weaving the Threads: Women +Art + Community at Phoenix Poetry Series
2/17 : Alwun House Festivus
1/17 : Oh, the Places You’ll Go Community Art Exhibit at Downtown ASU Campus
12/16: Limited Engagement Podcast with rinky dink press
12/16: rinky dink press series 2 launch at The Grand Coffee Company
7/16: HIV Awareness Broadcast at MOP Vaishnav College for Women with International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS
5/16: Write on, Downtown Launch
3/16: House, Habitat and Home Community Art Exhibit at Downtown ASU Campus
11/15: Barrett Honors College Thesis Defense: Mizungo with Phoenix Poetry Series
5/15: Write on, Downtown Launch
rinky dink press editorial board:
rinky dink is a small press working to get micropoetry into the hands (and pockets) of the people. I work with the rest of the team to select/prepare submissions from around the world for publication.
As one of the eighteen featured creative writers, I worked with visual artist Dani Godreau to explore themes of femininity and fuse creative nonfiction with papercutting. From January 6-19th, our work will be displayed in New City Studios.
Our Words Break Down Walls: Community Project at the Main Street Prototyping Festival:
As Mesa Arts Center’s Artist in Residence, I worked with community partner Grant Woods Boys & Girls Club to bridge the gap between their neighborhood and the arts in downtown Mesa. We created a zine which showcases some of the kids’, teens’, and staff’s poetry. We distributed it at the Main Street Prototyping Festival by our interactive magnetic installation, which serves as a landscape for magnetic poetry, and is now at home at the front desk of the Boys & Girls Club.
Canvass in Voting District L20:
We surveyed community members in Phoenix, and gathered voters’ opinions on current elected officials, the state legislature, education, healthcare, the minimum wage and immigration.
AVID Program at Metro Tech High through Phoenix Union High School District:
I worked in E.S.S. and advanced 9th grade classrooms providing additional one-on-one instruction in subjects from algebra to Shakespeare.
Weaving the Threads: Women + Community + Art:
Female ASU students, faculty and community writers created responses to the ASU Community Art exhibit, House, Habitat and Home in this anthology of poetry, and flash fiction/nonfiction. Alongside Rosemarie Dombrowski, I edited, designed and submitted to this project, which was launched through the Phoenix Poetry Series and Four Chambers Press in February 2017.
Osher Lifelong Learning Program at ASU:
Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski led a class for senior citizens on flash memoir. I assisted in the instruction and workshopping of the pieces.
Bazta Arpaio and Voter Registration Campaigns:
Under One Arizona’s Viva the Vote campaign, I worked alongside Hispanic/Latinx teenagers through CASE to register 150,00 people in the state of Arizona, and get Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office.
International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS Summer Internship Program:
During this eight-week intensive internship in Chennai, India, I was part of a team of seventeen volunteers from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. We delivered HIV prevention education in schools, communities and colleges.
Write on, Downtown, Downtown ASU Campus’ Literary Journal:
For this student-run journal, I scored and selected student submissions, and designed and planned the launch.
Co-Presidency at GlobeMed:
As the external co-president, I worked with our partner organization to manage the housing and sanitation project in Lyantonde, Uganda, and assisted in running our internal chapter.
Grassroots On-Site Work Internship for GlobeMed in Lyantonde, Uganda:
As both an intern and the coordinator, I built the six-week program with our partner, ICOD Action Network in Lyantonde, Uganda. During the program, I documented our housing and sanitation project and helped build the budget for the upcoming year.
GlobalhealthU Program for GlobeMed:
My curriculum of weekly discussions aimed to engage college-students in systems level thinking about global health.