CultureStrike Arts Festival
Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Jessica Hagedorn, Cesar Maxit, and many more

Join us for the CultureStrike festival: a series of free public arts workshops followed by a free outdoor festival featuring writers and artists from the CultureStrike delegation.

CultureStrike Arts Workshops
Free to the public!
Wednesday, September 14, 4-6PM
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Artists, Social Media, and Social Justice
The Drawing Studio
33 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701-1805
Award-winning visual artist and co-founder Favianna Rodriguez presents a workshop on how artists can use technology and social media for social change.

Finding Our Voices
The Drawing Studio
33 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701-1805
National Book Award finalist Jessica Hagedorn and the Sowing The Seeds collective present a special workshop for women drawing on dramatic monologue and playwriting.

Rebelate! Radical Poster Making For Our Liberation
The Toole Shed
197 East Toole Street
Tucson , Arizona 85701
Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde leads a workshop on poster-making, giving participants a brief history of the role of political posters in liberation struggles, and doing a screen-printing demonstration. Participants with have an opportunity for participants to print posters of pre-made designs provided by Dignidad Rebelde. All materials provided.

Stencils To Take Back The Streets!
The Toole Shed
197 East Toole Street
Tucson , Arizona 85701
Acclaimed artist Cesar Maxit leads a workshop on stencil-making, one of the most popular and accessible methods available to make a print. Participants will learn the political context of stencils as agitprop, along with practice in the techniques needed to learn the fundamentals of stencil art and how to cut 1 and 2 layer stencils. All materials provided. Limit: 12 participants.

Story-Telling And Everyday Activism (En Español)
The Drawing Studio
33 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701-1805</a>
The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” writer Daniel Alarcón and <a href= target=_blank>Derechos Humanos</a> present a special storytelling workshop in Spanish for community activists.

“Under Arpaio”:
A Special Screening of Jason Aragón’s new documentary + assorted shorts
The Screening Room
127 East Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701-1707
Director Jason Aragón will be on hand to introduce his provocative new movie and discuss his film and activist work with audience members.

Youth Poetry Slam Workshop with Logan Phillips and James Kass
Sam Lena-South Tucson Library Community Room
1607 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713-2803
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and Youth Speaks present a special teen-oriented workshop for the brave new voices of Arizona.

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CultureStrike Presents
The Culture Shift: Words and Art for Migrant Justice and Immigrant Rights
Free to the public!
Wednesday, September 14, 7:30pm
Mercado San Augustin
100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, Arizona

Hailing from California, New York, D.C. and, of course, Arizona, the CultureStrike delegation includes two National Book Award finalists, two MacArthur “Genius” Fellows, two American Book Award winners, and one of The New Yorker’s top 20 writers under 40! Readers will include novelist Daniel Alarcón, cultural historian Jeff Biggers, poet Sherwin Bitsui, playwright James Garcia, novelist Jessica Hagedorn, San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion James Kass, journalist Roberto Lovato, Tucson spoken word poet Logan Phillips, nonfiction writer Rinku Sen, and other members of the delegation.

Treat yourself to a fabulous evening of arts and culture at the Mercado San Augustin, a beautiful green-friendly outdoor plaza. Check out for a more detailed list of workshops and readers. It’s all part of CultureStrike, an innovative art intervention that’s convening more than writers and artists to learn firsthand what’s happening in the state that’s attracted so much national attention on issues of immigration and citizenship. We want to change the national dialogue on immigration by drawing on the voices of writers and artists. We believe that immigration is one of the most pressing national issues and that Arizona is the ground zero of a major civil rights battle of our time.

Hosted by writer Roberto Bedoya and Asian American Writers’ Workshop Executive Director Ken Chen, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. For more information, visit or contact Ken Chen at


Daniel Alarcón is author of the story collection War by Candlelight, a PEN-Hemingway Award finalist, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post, and winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize given by the House of World Culture in Berlin. Associate Editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning quarterly published in his native Lima, Peru, he was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under Forty.

Jeff Biggers is an American Book Award-winning author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek, The United States of Appalachia and In the Sierra Madre. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Huffington Post, where he blogs. The play he wrote–4 1/2 Hours: Across the Stones of Fire–has appeared on Off Broadway and at theatres around the country. He is a founder of the Northern Arizona Book Festival.

Sherwin Bitsui is a poet from originally from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona. He The author of the poetry collections Shapeshift and Flood Song, he has been honored by PEN and the Witter Bynner and Lannan Foundations and received a Whiting Award, a Tucson MOCA Local Genius Award, and an American Book Award. Currently living in Tucson, Arizona, he is Dine of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan).

James Garcia is a journalist, university instructor and playwright whose work has appeared in National Public Radio’s Latino USA and ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. His columns were distributed nationally by the New America Writers Series via the New York Times Syndicate and the Cox News Service. Former editor-in-chief of Latino Perspectives Magazine, James was the first Latino editor-in-chief of a major alternative newsweekly in the nation, The San Antonio Current. A lecturer at Arizona State University, James is the author of the plays Don Juan: Love After Death, Borderlines, Ghost Dance Messiah, and The Crossing, which earned a Kennedy Center Award at the 2003 American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love (nominated for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize), and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. The former leader of the band The Gangster Choir, Jessica is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, and fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. Her recent theater work includes Most Wanted, Fe In The Desert, Stairway To Heaven, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, presented at La Jolla Playhouse and at the NYSF/Public Theater.

James Kass is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Speaks, a national poetry and spoken word youth nonprofit. Winner of a 1997 Bay Guardian Fiction Award and a 1999 Poetry Award, James was a 1996 San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion. He has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, ABC, Nightline, Source, Vibe and National Public Radio.

Roberto Lovato is a writer with New America Media and a frequent contributor to The Nation and the Huffington Post. Roberto has also appeared as a commentator in the New York Times, the Washington Post Univision, and CNN, Democracy Now. Roberto is also a founding member of Roberto was the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center, then the country’s largest immigrant rights organization.

Logan Phillips is a bilingual writer, performer, and multimedia artist from the Arizona/Mexico borderlands. Born in Tombstone, AZ to a family of Irish-Slavic descent, he holds a BA in Spanish from Northern Arizona University. A professor of Hispanic American Literature and translation at Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico before dedicating himself full-time to artistic endeavors, Phillips has toured throughout the US and Mexico and as far afield as Vancouver, Paris, Bogotá, and Penzance, England. Also a freelance journalist, he has authored five poetry chapbooks including Arroyo Ink, published in 2009. In 2007, he co-founded the binational multimedia performance group Verbobala Spoken Video.

Rinku Sen is the Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and Publisher of She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization, which won the Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal, and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing. A columnist at Colorlines, Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics, Rinku has written for Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, and AlterNet. A guest on on NPR, Fox News, and The Tavis Smiley Show, she has been named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” (Utne Reader) and one of 21 feminists to watch in the 21st century (Ms. Magazine).

CultureStrike Arts Festival

Favianna Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Jessica Hagedorn, Cesar Maxit, and many more
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
7:30 PM
Mercado San Augustin
100 S. Avenida Del Convento
Tucson Arizona
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