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In our first meeting of fall 2013, I said to the Superstition Review interns that I wanted to make outreach part of our mission. Every semester we have a group of 40 energetic, creative, and talented people. It’s a perfect base for giving back to our community. I wanted something that would link specifically to our work in literature and the arts.

That’s when my fiction editor Kevin mentioned Read to Me at UMOM. Every Tuesday volunteers spend the evening reading to the children who live in the shelter. My Student Editor-in-Chief Erin communicated with UMOM and organized our first outing. And so a group of our interns arrived at UMOM on a Tuesday that semester ready to read. I want to share my experience from that night.

The first rule of Read to Me is that the child chooses you. I had to wait a little while before someone sat beside me. Finally, a girl wandered over to my table. She was seven years old and had tight spiral curls and big brown eyes. She smiled up at me and said, “I’m Nicole.”

I said, “I’m Trish. What should we read?”

Nicole picked a colorful I Spy book. I turned to the first page and asked Nicole to read the text under the pictures. “I spy a parrot, a picture frame, and a pig,” she said. We both giggled and then studied hard to find those objects on the page.

On page two, Nicole read, “I spy a camera, a sewing machine, and a nightgown.” We were getting pretty good at finding things! Every time I found an object Nicole said, “Good job!” When Nicole found an object I said “Nice work!”

On page three, Nicole read, “I spy a bottle of glue, a lion, and a fan.” Nicole frowned for a moment and then looked up at me.

She said, “Do you think that means a Chinese fan or an electric fan?”

“You know, Nicole?” I said. “That’s a really good question.”

We went on reading and searching for objects until Nicole decided to move on to another reader. I drove home that night thinking about little Nicole. Her warm smile. Her happy attitude. Her intellectual curiosity. And how smart she was for asking the right questions.

Nicole inspired me to ask a question too. What more can I do to help?

I continue to take groups of interns to Read to Me. We’ll be there on October 14th. But we’re also so excited that at 7:30 AM on Saturday September 27th we’re going to be part of the 6th Annual UMOM Walk for Homeless Families (1K Walk & 5K Run). I hope you will join our team or donate. Here are the specifics:

In 2009, UMOM Women’s Auxiliary founded The Walk for Homeless Families to help spread community awareness about family homelessness and raise funds for UMOM. The walk is a family-friendly, fun and inspiring way to help UMOM break the cycle of homelessness.

Early-bird registration for the 1 Mile Walk and 5K Run is only $25 for adults and $20 for students until September 15, 2014. Children under 3 are free and do not need to register. All registered people, in attendance, will receive FREE admission into the zoo that day!

Event Location: The Phoenix Zoo

Event Schedule:
Registration 9/27/2014 6:30 am – 7:15 am
Walk/Run Begins 9/27/2014 7:30 am

Adult Registration: $25.00
1 Adult Registration that includes admission to The Phoenix Zoo for the day of the walk.

Student Registration: $20.00
1 Student Registration that includes admission to The Phoenix Zoo for the day of the walk

Influx Call for Proposals



IN FLUX Cycle 5 Request for Qualifications

Ends on 9/15/2014

Deadline – September 15, 2014 | Midnight Arizona Time

Projects – Up to 20 opportunities in 7 Valley cities

Budget – Variable range of $3,500-$7,000

Eligibility – Arizona Artists* (Individuals and Collectives/Groups/Teams)
*Artists commissioned in the previous Cycle 4 are not eligible for the current Cycle 5.

How to Apply
Read on and click APPLY below to get started! Team submittals must identify one member to act as point of contact for submittal/selection process and all related communication. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual.

PLEASE NOTE—this call to artists is a Request for Qualifications, NOT a Request for Proposals. Artists who submit specific proposals at this time will be deemed ineligible.

About the IN FLUX Initiative

IN FLUX Cycle 5 brings together eleven organizations representing seven Valley cities and towns seeking local artists to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations and media.

IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art projects through a showcase of local Arizona artists creating original site-specific installations presented within the context of viewing the Valley as one community. IN FLUX provides unique project opportunities for artists to expand their skills, innovatively apply their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. IN FLUX offers new perspective on the connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences.

The IN FLUX initiative, currently operated through the strategic partnership of eleven organizations in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe was launched by Scottsdale Public Art in 2010 to activate vacant storefront spaces. The initiative has continued to expand and gain momentum since its inception, increasing its positive impact on our local communities and our Arizona artists.

Click here for links/information about all IN FLUX Cycle 5 commissioning agency partners.

Project Opportunities
Potential project locations offer opportunities for artists who create installation-based works as well as murals, projections, performance, and participatory/social practice. Artists submitting qualifications to this call are under consideration for all IN FLUX Cycle 5 opportunities being offered by the 11 partnering organizations in seven Valley cities.

Budgets are all-inclusive of labor, transportation, equipment rental, shipping and material costs as well as artist fees for overhead costs including general liability insurance, installation, and de-installation. All projects are temporary and will remain on view for a maximum of 12 months with installation and de-installation schedules to be mutually agreed upon by selected artists and their respective partnering organization.

Selection Process and Schedule
Artists residing in Arizona who did not have projects in the previous Cycle 4 are eligible to apply. A selection panel representing all seven cities in a public process will recommend one artist and one alternate per available project opportunity.

Selected artists will be contracted by and work directly with the project manager designated by their assigned partnering organization. Proposals will be requested from selected artists prior to contract. All artists will be notified of selection results via e-mail and given the opportunity to request feedback from the selection panel.

 IN FLUX partners seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging and established local artists. These opportunities are intended to be tenable for those who may not have previously applied for a public art project in addition to providing a fresh approach to artists who have public art experience.



To learn more about IN FLUX click here.

OR meet with IN FLUX Project Mangers in person at one of our four Coffee Talk pre-submittal sessions. We will be there ready to answer your questions one-on-one. Click here for Coffee Talk Schedule.

Learn more about the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

SR Pod/Vod Series: Writer Rori Leigh Hoatlin

Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Rori Leigh Hoatlin.

Rori Leigh HoatlinRori Leigh Hoatlin is a third-year graduate student at Georgia College & State University studying creative nonfiction. Rori is a Teaching Fellow at GCSU and a Summer 2013 Teaching Consultant with The Lake Michigan Writing Project in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her work has previously appeared in Young Scholars in Writing, Prick of the Spindle and is forthcoming in Steel Toe Review.

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read along with the work in Superstition Review.

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Southwest Review Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections from Southwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere.

Essay, fiction, and poetry pieces accepted by mail and online. No previously published or simultaneous submissions.

Annual contests include the Morton Marr Poetry Prize (first place $1,000; second place $500)—deadline September 30th, and the David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction ($1,000)—deadline May 1st. Publication in SWR accompanies prizes.

For complete submission guidelines, full contest rules, and all other information, mail a SASE to P.O. Box 750374, Dallas, TX 75275-0374, or see the website at

SR Pod/Vod Series: Poet Christopher Munde

Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Christopher Munde.

Christopher MundeChristopher Munde’s poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, The Hollins Critic, Hunger Mountain, Massachusetts Review, Phoebe, Third Coast, and elsewhere.  He completed his MFA at the University of Houston in 2008, and was awarded an Academy of American Poets/Brazos Bookstore Prize in the same year.  Presently, he lives in western NY, where he teaches as an adjunct instructor at Jamestown Community College.

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read along with the work in Superstition Review.

SR Pod/Vod Series: Writer Gabrielle Burton

Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Gabrielle Burton.

Gabrielle BurtonGabrielle Burton is a writer and filmmaker. She won the Thomas A. Wilhelmus award from Southern Indiana Review for best non-fiction essay “East of East” about the giant turtles of Malaysia (released December 2013). She also won 2013 Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award. Gabrielle has a poem in the current Los Angeles Review and three in The Burden of Light. After Harvard and Berklee, she won a Rotary to study film in France, then founded FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS with her sisters ( Burton’s current film is a documentary on drag; and she recently gave a TedxTalk on gender (

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read along with the work in Superstition Review.