Board Members


Em Bowen | Executive Director | 

Em Bowen is a storyteller, a writer, an essayist, a poet and a person who thrives and is always changing (much as we all are, whether we realize it or not). Their work has been published in the Tucson Weekly, The Atlantic, Zocalo, Wild Gender and The Feminist Wire. Em earned their MFA from Goddard College and is the former producer of the Tucson Gender Identity Project.

 

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Neil Antonio Diamente | President |

Neil Antonio Diamente is a lover, librarian, educator, father, and musician. His poems have appeared in Many Mountains Moving, genesis, and After Hours.  He plays with the world music group GSol, which won the RAW Tucson award in 2013 for Best Musical Act.  Recently, he has taken up hang gliding and hopes to fly like an eagle, to the sea, his spirit, finally, free.

 

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Laura Talarsky-Stevens |Treasurer|

Laura Talarsky Stevens is a writer, editor, potter, and teacher based in Tucson, AZ for the last quarter century. She writes fiction, personal essays, and poetry. Her prose poems have been published in Sandscript and she was selected as a two-time fiction finalist of the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards. Laura hails from the Garden State of New Jersey, graduated with an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and was a Fulbright scholar in India. She’s thrilled to be serving as the treasurer for the Tucson Poetry Festival since October 2015.

 

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Jocelyn Valencia | Secretary |

Jocelyn Valencia is a writer, community ambassador, youth advocate and self-love enthusiast. She writes poetry, personal essays, varied articles and curates all the content for her blog – JRECOGNIZE.com. Aside from these creative avenues and her involvement with the Tucson Poetry Festival, she is also the Social Media Manager for Words On The Avenue and is an Event Coordinator for TEDxTucson.

 

Rachel Mindell | Active Board Member |

Rachel Mindell is a Promotions and Content Manager for Submittable, and a Writing the Community Resident at the UA Poetry Center. She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Literature from the University of Montana (poems on addiction, spice, paranormals; lit thesis entitled ‘What is a Hole Made of,’ regarding queerness and melancholy in Anne Carson). She is the author of two chapbooks: Like a Teardrop and a Bullet (Dancing Girl Press) and rib and instep: honey (Forthcoming, above/ground). Individual poems have appeared (or will) in DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, BOAAT, Forkligt, Ohio, Glass Poetry, Frontier, The Journal, Tammy, and elsewhere.

 

Kris Aman | Active Board Member |

Kris Aman is a poet and performance artist originally from Pennsylvania. They received a BA from Denison University in 2010 and has been based in Tucson since then. Kris also serves on the board of POG and is a member of the Subspace art collective. Kris is the creator of Channeled Poetry, a poetry tv show produced by Creative Tucson

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