Events of music, poetry and prose coming to CCC

Poet Becky Byrkit will perform with Jerry Riopelle and The Actual Musicians Band at CCC on Friday, Oct. 7.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- This week and next week, CCC is fortunate to celebrate the College's 25th anniversary with two literary and musical events.

This week will feature poet Becky Byrkit and The Actual Musicians Band (with Jerry Riopelle, Llory McDonald and John Willis) and readings by CCC's “OnCourse” student magazine contributors. The event takes place in the Lone Tree Campus Commons on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. The band will continue the celebration at the Gopher Hole later that evening.

Byrkit went to Flagstaff Junior High, Flagstaff High School, majored in English at NAU, and tended bar at the Mountainaire Tavern before receiving her MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona. She’s taught creative writing in Tucson, Greece, Maui, Tempe, and Flagstaff (NAU and CCC — where she helped found “Curios” magazine)

The author of four books, Becky’s poems have appeared in “Best American Poetry,” “Arizona Highways,” “Rolling Stone,” “Ploughshares,” “Black Warrior Review,” “Sonora Review,” “Crazyhorse,” and elsewhere. She currently teaches as a Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies and Creative Writing at Arizona State University and serves as a longtime editor with “Superstition Review.”

Byrkit and Arizona music legend Jerry Riopelle have performed together for years. 

Dagoberto Gilb

The following week, on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m., also in the Lone Tree Campus Commons, the CCC English Department and Student Publications will host a “Curios” Night to Remember with Dagoberto Gilb and “Curios” magazine contributors. 

Gilb is the author of “Before the End, After the Beginning.” His previous books are “The Flowers,” “Gritos,” “Woodcuts of Women,” “The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña,” and “The Magic of Blood.” He also has edited “Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature” and “Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology.”

Gilb’s fiction and nonfiction have been honored by Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and as a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics’ Circle awards. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including “Harper’s,” “The New Yorker,” “The Threepenny Review,” “Zyzzyva,” “The Nation,” and many others. 

Gilb spent almost two decades as a journeyman, high-rise carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. Born in Los Angeles, he made his home in El Paso and has since lived in Austin. At the University of Houston-Victoria, Gilb is the executive director of CentroVictoria, a center for Mexican American literature and culture, where he is also the writer-in-residence.

Here is a link to a short story by Gilb published in “The New Yorker”:



Friday, 7th October 2016

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  • Friday, 7th October 2016