Board Members

Em Bowen | Co-Director | 

Em Bowen is a storyteller, a writer, a comedian, an essayist, and a person who thrives and is always changing. Their work has been published in the Tucson Weekly, Zocalo, Wild Gender, The Atlantic and The Feminist Wire. Em earned their MFA from Goddard College. This is their third year directing the Tucson Poetry Festival and they are still so honored to be part of it.

 

Julia Kinu | Co-Director | 

Co-director—Julia Kinu is a non binary queer poet based in Tucson, AZ. They run a POC poetry series in the Owls Club, dedicated to lifting voices of those in the local community and the education that those voices offer. Their work has been published in Forklift Ohio, Leopard skins & Limes, and the U of A Poetry Center Blog. They earned their BA in poetry at the University of Arizona and are currently heading towards an MFA in poetry, hoping to teach courses that break down the white male canon.

 

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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.

 

Nichole Goff | Active Board Member |

Nichole Goff is a poet, writer, and teacher living in Tucson, AZ. She received a MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 where she studied poetry and creative writing. Her most recent work can be found in Spoon River Poetry Review, Cloud Rodeo, and at the U of A Poetry Center Blog.SaveSave

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