Tucson’s literary community is rife with activity, even if some people are not aware of it. New books from well-respected poets are selling phenomenally well, while other poets have fabulous works forthcoming. Below is a brief overview of some of the poets who are currently at work in Tucson:
Kristi Maxwell’s recently released collection of poetry, Re- (Ahsahta Press, 2011), published in September 2011, was a best-seller for October 2011 at Small Press Distribution’s website. Maxwell has written three other books of poetry: Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press, 2008); Elsewhere & Wise (Dancing Girl Press, 2008); and Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books, 2009). She received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati in 2010, and she teaches at Pima Community College, The University of Arizona, and the Poetry Center.
Charles Alexander’s new poetry collection, Pushing Water (Cuneiform Press), published in October 2011, was just featured on the “SPD Recommends” list at Small Press Distribution’s website. Alexander is the Executive Director and founder of Chax Press here in Tucson, and he has written four other full-length books, including Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, 1990); Arc of Light/Dark Matter (Roof Books, 1992); Near or Random Acts (Singing Horse Press, 2004); and Certain Slants (Junction Press, 2007) as well as nine chapbooks.
Barbara Cully’s poetry collections Under the Hours and a book of her selected poems will be released from Jackleg Press in May of 2012 and May 2013, respectively. Cully is the author of four other books of poetry: the recently released That Place Where from Kore Press in September; Desire Reclining (Penguin, 2003); The New Intimacy (Penguin, 1997); and Shoreline Series (Kore Press, 1997). She also co-authored two textbooks: Writing As Revision (Pearson, 2011) and Entry Points (Pearson, 1996).
Melissa Buckheit’s poetry collection Noctilucent is forthcoming from Shearsman Books in 2012. She is also the author of Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007). She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and she is currently the curator of the Edge Reading Series for Younger and Emerging Writers at Casa Libre here in Tucson.
Drew Krewer, author of Ars Warholica (Spork Press, 2010), is the founder and co-editor of “The Destroyer,” a new independently run online literary magazine, which is having its launch party on November 19, 2011` at Plush, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.