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MEXICO CITY - Javier Sicilia caught the world's attention after his son and six others were murdered in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City, by elements connected with a drug cartel. Sicilia was a poet, writer and author who took up the cause of justice. I say "was" a poet because following the murders five months ago, he gave up writing poetry. This, for an acclaimed writer, is like a vow of chastity. And that was among the topics in a revealing interview that goes deep into what motivates a victim to become a seeker of dignity. The interview was published Aug. 14 by Thelma Gomez Duran of El Universal, the large major daily here.
State lawmakers refused to give Gov. Jan Brewer anywhere near the amount of money she sought for education.
October 28, 2004
Poems are difficult to understand and even harder to write, yet three Valley poets are adding new writing constraints to their daily poems in an attempt to make the art form more accessible for everyone.
As late as 10 years ago, few people would have used the words “Valley” and “literature” in the same sentence. Times have changed.
It may not be as mainstream a form of expression these days as, say, Instagram, but poetry, that old-fashioned art of arranging language to create an emotional response through meaning, sound and rhythm, is alive and well.
The sand, the sun, a good book, and zombies, too!
Soak up literary rays at Mesa’s Second Friday Books on the Beach block party, featuring Inkzilla (a menagerie of local authors and publishers showcasing their work), Spoken Word (poets expounding on their view of politics, love, joy, pain, and comedy), Speak your Mind Soap Box (an open mic for individual venting) and a Bad Hawaiian Shirt Contest with prizes to those wearing the tackiest.
Poet Terry Hummer reads prose and plays saxophone. Musician Billy Cioffi sings Hummer’s words and strums his guitar. Backup singers melodically chime in — all to create the soulful ambiance evident in the television episode “The AmeriCamera Project,” where Hummer and Cioffi fuse poetry with rock ‘n’ roll.
NEW YORK - "God Is Not Great" author Christopher Hitchens, "Tree of Smoke" novelist Denis Johnson and four debut writers were among the finalists Wednesday night for the National Book Awards.
July 29, 2004
BURBANK, Calif. - Paul Gleason, who was in "Trading Places" and "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67. Gleason died at a local hospital Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos, said his wife, Susan Gleason.
Friday’s Mesa National Poetry Slamoff was a disappointment.
NEW YORK - The fire department's new Muslim chaplain abruptly resigned Friday after saying in a published interview that he believes something other than al-Qaida hijackers brought down the World Trade Center.
Jose de la Isla, guest commentary
Jose de la Isla: Violating a person for political reasons is to take away the most intimate, the most personal of rights.
On Aug. 24, Helen Spencer Schlie celebrated her 90th birthday doing the things she loves most — working a full day at the Old and Rare Bookstore she owns in Mesa, and spending time with family and friends that evening.
What is going on with the weather? I am not a meteorologist, but let me give you a possible scenario on what is going on with the weather in Arizona.
LONDON - Blond. James Blond. Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation. His selection was revealed as he was whisked down the Thames River aboard a military Rigid Raider boat to a news conference.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A wanted al-Qaida militant said to have fought alongside Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan turned himself in to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to the kingdom Tuesday, the most prominent figure to surrender under an amnesty, the Interior Ministry.
July 13, 2004
NEW YORK - William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Confessions of Nat Turner" and other novels whose explorations of the darkest corners of the human mind and experience were charged by his own near-suicidal demons, died Wednesday. He was 81.
The weird endings are piling up for Washington. Last Saturday Washington was on the losing end of a last-minute, game-changing play. Arizona State's Chris McGaha broke open with 50 seconds left for a 50-yard touchdown catch and the Sun Devils beat the Huskies 24-17.
The valedictorians for Tempe's Corona del Sol are: