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Book Fest

The Northern Arizona Book Festival heads into its second and final weekend with events today, Friday and Saturday.

Today, from 6-7 p.m. students from Coconino Community College and resident artists in the county will share work from CCC's two publications: OnCourse and Curios. OnCourse, created in 1999, showcases work by CCC students. Curios, created in 2006, allows local authors and artists to share their voices. Both publications are created by students enrolled in CCC’s COM 181 class. The readings will be in the Lone Tree Commons at Coconino Community College.

Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., the festival will host a book reading featuring the work of writers in the Masters of Fine Arts programs of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona. Editors of the colleges' literary journals (Thin Air Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Sonora Review) will be at Bright Side Bookshop on Flagstaff’s beloved San Francisco Street. Editors will preview work from recent issues of  (of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona respectively), and read from their own works-in-progress. Individual and bundled issues will be available for sale following the reading.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the festival will present its Indigenous Symposium.

Symposium schedule:

Poetry workshop, 10–11 a.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Legendary Acoma Pueblo poet and storyteller Simon Ortiz will conduct a poetry workshop with Red Ink Poetry Editor, MacDowell Colony Fellow, and Dine’ poet Bojan Louis.

Poetry workshop, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Inupiaq poet, Joan Naviyuk Kane, winner of the prestigious Whiting Award and Donald Hall Prize, will conduct a poetry workshop.

Fiction writing workshop, 1–2 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Award-winning author and prestigious Harvard Fellow, Kristiana Kahakauwila, will conduct a fiction writing workshop. Kahakauwila is native Hawaiian and the author of the short story collection "This Is Paradise", which was named a 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.

Panel discussion, 2:30–3:30 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Red Ink staff members and poets Henry Quintero, Bojan Louis and Kyle Grant Wilson will be joined in this discussion by poet, musician, and tribal council member Tanner Menard, and acclaimed Dine’ poet Orlando White. Flagstaff writer and radio DJ, Erik Bitsui will moderate.

Panel discussion, 4–5 p.m., at Firecreek Coffee Co. Acclaimed authors Joan Naviyuk Kane and Kristiana Kahakauwila will be joined on this panel by Rona Jaffe Award Winner and current University of Arizona MFA student Danielle Geller; poet, award-winning researcher, and UCLA PHD student Allison Ramirez; and comedian, actress, and writer Shishonia Livingston. Flagstaff writer, Vernon Begay will moderate this discussion.

Author reading, 5:30–6:30 p.m.:, at Bright Side Bookshop. Blackfeet writer Bill Wetzel will host a fast-paced reading highlighting the younger and emerging writers participating in the symposium (Henry Quintero, Allison Ramirez, Shishonia Livingston, Kyle Grant Wilson, Danielle Geller, Erik Bitsui, Vernon Begay and Tanner Menard).

7–8 p.m.:, author reading, at Bright Side Bookshop. Wetzel will host this reading highlighting the established and highly acclaimed writers participating in the symposium. Featured author is Dine’ poet Sherwin Bitsui, winner of the Whiting Award, American Book Award, Pen Open Book award among others. Other participating authors are: Joan Naviyuk Kane, Kristiana Kahakauwila, Bojan Louis, Orlando White, and Simon J. Ortiz.

Take 15 on the 15th the help keep Flagstaff beautiful

Got 15 minutes to keep Flagstaff beautiful? It’s time for the 10th annual Flagstaff 15 Minute Makeover. Join community members at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15 in picking up litter near your home, workplace, or place of worship. The Flagstaff Community Stewards program will supply trash bags, recycle bags, and disposable gloves if needed. Sign up to participate on the Facebook event page or by sending an e-mail to Maggie Twomey at

Stop by City Hall on Friday, Oct. 13, between 10 and noon to pick up supplies, have a doughnut and coffee with Albert the Sustainability Squirrel, and learn about waste reduction, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and other ways to help keep Flagstaff beautiful!

After the event, post a photo of your group with your trash bags on the Flagstaff Sustainability Program Facebook page with #Flag15 to be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local businesses.


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