Rain Hits Oro Valley Sept 12

September 14, 2009


With the help of local rainmaker/musician Gerry Glombecki, we enjoyed our first full-fledged monsoon during a Monsoon Voices event on September 12th.  Poets Michael Gessner and Kait Meadows and prose writers Allan Meyer and Corey Knox shared their fine writing in between the spectacular lightning-filled halftime show.  Thank you to everyone who brought enthusiasm and electricity to the evening!

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Michael Gessner lives in Tucson with his wife, a watercolorist, and their son, Chris. His work has been featured in American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, Oxford Magazine, and others. He has read at University College Dublin, and the American-Irish Historical Society (NYC). His work has been called “Striking,” by David Barber of The Atlantic, and “Structurally ingenious,” by Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Books may be purchased online via March St. Press, Pudding House Press, or BlazeVOX Books, or by visiting www.addall.com or www.amazon.com. (520) 297-6738 or mjcg3 [at] aol.com

Allan Meyer worked in commercial radio and television for five years. His favorite television experience involved singing a commercial for Wilbur Weiners. As a former college instructor in humanities and philosophy, he once enjoyed a special teaching moment. After Allan spoke for fifteen minutes at an opening class session, a student said, “No wonder nobody learns nothing in college anymore.” Allan is the author of Right and Wrong – A Useful Fiction. He’s also a columnist for The Oracle newspaper. (520) 297-4496 or ameyer32 [at] aol.com.

Kait Meadows is a wordsmith, art maker, desert tortoise lover, and muse-infused eco-crone who is passionate about archaeology, 50’s jazz, and making hand made paper. After a career in hospice nursing, Kait lives on a little patch of land in beautiful Picture Rocks with her beloved life mate Albert Lannon. (520) 289-3480 or www.kaitlinmeadows.com.

Corey Knox lives in Tucson with her two desert mermaids, Iris and Ella. Corey would like to finish her book before her two- and four- year old daughters develop sophisticated reading skills– so Corey can adequately prepare them for the contents of her book. Corey has recently read excerpts from her book at the UA Poetry Center. mangosky99 [at] yahoo.com.

Gerry Glombecki is a songwriter and poet who was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in October 2002. His songs move like a pendulum from the personal to the political; from the serious to the whimsical. Gerry’s composition credits include lyricist for A Family Circus Easter, Cullen-Kasdan Productions NBC, and an animated special featuring the voice of the late Dizzy Gillespie. More recently, Gerry placed first in the 6th Annual Arizona Anthem Poetry Contest for “The Ballad of George Hayduke”. (520) 322-5948 or www.gerryglombecki.com.

Note: Mimi Ferraro was scheduled to perform at Monsoon Voices, but she was unable to attend this time. Mimi will take a “rain check” and perform at a future show.

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