On the Brink, Unconstellating: Messages from Tucson Poets

On the Brink, Unconstellating: Messages from Tucson Poets

June 26, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 26, 6-8pm
$5 admission

A reading with four Tucson writers and poets sustaining an address to the specters of collapse present in the ecologies we inhabit in the Southwest, animated by hauntologies of precarity and pastoral grievances against the indigenous, the farmer, the waterways, the bees and their foremothers. We live to speak to those we live with unable to constrain consumption and destruction, unable to contain their multitudes at the expense of a land that didn’t consent to Manifest Destiny. Join us and witness these messages in the ether by Raquel Gutiérrez, Brandon Shimoda, Claire Meuschke, and Miranda Trimmier.

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.


Brandon Shimoda’s recent books include The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018) and an ancestral memoir called The Grave on the Wall (City Lights, 2019). He is currently writing (more often disintegrating) a book on the ongoing afterlife/ruins of Japanese American incarceration. He lives in Tucson, AZ.

Claire Meuschke received her MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona in 2017. Her first book of poems will be published in 2020 by Noemi Press. In addition to teaching, she’s an assistant poetry editor for DIAGRAM and works as a farm assistant at Las Milpitas Community Farm. She is also a 2019 Stegner Fellow.

Raquel was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Tucson where Raquel just completed an MFA in Poetry and Non-Fiction from the University of Arizona. Raquel is a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Raquel also runs the tiny press, Econo Textual Objects (est. 2014), which publishes intimate works by QTPOC poets.

Miranda Trimmier grew up in Milwaukee and lived in Minneapolis and New York before moving to Tucson. She writes experiments in politics and place and has been published in Places Journal, The New Inquiry, and Terrain, among other outlets.