Events

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2023, 10 a.m. to noon
Writing Fun and Games Workshop
Cornerstone Fellowship, 2902 N. Geronimo Ave, Tucson 


Writing doesn’t have to be painful … how about having some fun with your words and thoughts in 2023?

We will shake up our normal (serious) approach to writing with a series of games, prompts, and exercises that are designed to generate new ideas and unleash our creativity. All you need is a notebook, pen, and an open mind. Please plan to attend all four sessions.

This FREE four-week workshop is brought to you by Southern Arizona Senior Pride

Group size is limited so sign up soon at https://soazseniorpride.org/event/writing-workshop.

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November 5, 2022, 9:30 a.m.
Meet the Author and Kindness Storytelling Event presented by Tellers of Tales 
Unscrewed Theatre, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd, #39, Tucson

Nine authors will talk about their books and give you an opportunity to buy one at the vendor’s table. 

Me and my pal, Bill Black, cowboy poet

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, October 8, 2022, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8:45)
Coming Unscrewed for Pride II
4500 E. Speedway, #39, Tucson, Arizona

We had so much fun last time, we are doing it again. Join players from all of Unscrewed’s House Teams and special guests from Tucson’s LGBTQ+ community for an uncensored improvised evening of fun, frivolity, and frolics!

PLEASE get your tickets online before the show! It broke our hearts to have to turn away folks last time, so don’t take a chance on missing this time. 

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Saturday, June 25, 2022, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8:45)
Coming Unscrewed for Pride 
4500 E. Speedway, #39, Tucson, Arizona

The wonderful zanies at Unscrewed Theater, A Place for Improv, invited me to join them for their Coming Unscrewed for Pride show.

Join players from their House Teams and special guests from Tucson’s LGBTQ+ community for an uncensored (ages 17 and up) improvised evening of fun, frivolity, and frolics. Unscrewed is celebrating Pride Month and the 25th Anniversary of SAAF (Southern Arizona Aids Foundation.) Dress to impress. There will be a Pride Parade on stage!

You can now watch the show two ways, either from your seat in the theater or from the comfort of your own home. Tickets are available here. Call 520-289-8076 for more information.

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Sunday, March 20, 2022, 1-4 p.m. 
SoulCollage® Workshop for Writers and Other Creatives 
Tucson, Arizona

The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to overtake the darkness. It is a symbol of rebirth, fertility, and new beginnings, and can be a powerful time to experience our life-force creative energy. In this workshop, we will explore what new beginnings look like in our creative life.

You will have the opportunity to make two cards, one intuitive and one intentional in this focused three-hour workshop. SoulCollage®, a simple technique using found images, requires no art-making experience and is accessible to everyone. All you need is an open mind and a commitment to spend three hours in community. To learn more about the SoulCollage® process, check out SoulCollage.com

The $30.00 fee includes all materials and afternoon snacks. Please respond only if you are or will be fully vaccinated by the workshop date. The workshop is limited to six participants. Contact me to register.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022, 1 – 4 p.m.
SoulCollage® Workshop for Writers and Other Creatives 
Tucson, Arizona

Getting in Touch with Your Muse. Where does your creative inspiration come from? Is your creative journey guided by a person or event from your past, a mythical or magical concept, or an unknown inner source? In this workshop, you will allow your uncensored brain to be in touch with the spark that propels you.

SoulCollage®, a simple technique using found images, requires no art-making experience and is accessible to everyone. All you need is an open mind and a commitment to spend three hours in community. To learn more about the SoulCollage® process, go to this link. 

The $30.00 fee includes all materials and afternoon snacks. Please respond only if you are or will be fully vaccinated by the workshop date. The workshop is limited to eight participants. Contact me to register.

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December 12, 2021, 2 -4 p.m.
Cornerstone Fellowship Hall, 2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson

Storyteller at The Paths We Took: Elders Look Back at their Journeys, Senior Pride Holiday Party. Penelope read her story, “Kayak,” along with three other tellers: Josefina Ahumada, Lee Bentley. Carlos Valenzuela. Bruce Hyland emceed.

Here’s a link to a video of me reading my story 

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November 13, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
SoulCollage® Workshop for Writers and Other Creatives 
Tucson, Arizona

Encourage your uncensored brain to release hidden intuitive powers using SoulCollage® techniques. Access your inner knowing and trust your process in this three-hour workshop.

This simple collage technique requires no art-making experience and is accessible to everyone. All you need is an open mind and a commitment to spend three hours in community. The $30.00 fee includes all materials and afternoon snacks. The workshop is limited to six participants. Contact me to register.

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November 5, 2021
Spontaneous Storyteller at Odyssey Storytelling’s “Campfire Stories,” Tucson, AZ

You can listen to the story here:

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June 2021
SoulCollage® for Writers Workshop
Tucson, AZ
**SOLD OUT (more to come in the future)
SoulCollage® is a practice that frees your intuitive mind, providing hints and direction for questions you might have about your writing. As a newly minted SoulCollage® Facilitator, I am impressed by the usefulness of this simple technique to enhance the creative process.

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February 27, 2021

Storyteller at “Notes from the Motherfield,” a movement of radical mothers dedicated to telling complicated truths and listening. Story-coaching, knowledge, and support are shared by storytelling alumni and staff to continue building connections and communities of care for mothers through storytelling. Presented by Kore Press, Tucson, AZ.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020, POSTPONED

Moving from Paper to Voice (and back again) Workshop presented by Wandering Writers Workshops.

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January 24, 2020

Co-Keynote speaker with Kathleen Roberts, “Our Stories, Our Lives,” Gather the Elders Conference, Tucson, AZ

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June 10, 2019

ReadingThe Radical Act of Community StorytellingThe Golden Notebook, Woodstock, NY

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February 2 and 9, 2019

Workshop, “Bibliobiography,” Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

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August 15, 2018

Storyteller, “Tattoo Tales,” Porchlight Storytelling and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

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May 12 & 13, 2018

Workshop, “Storytelling Under the Stars,” Women’s Wilderness Writing Workshops, Cochise, AZ

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April 20, 2018

Reading, Women’s Words, Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

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April 7, 2018 

Workshop, “Developing a Personal Story,” Tellers of Tales, Tucson, AZ

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March 24, 2018 

Reading, Reading Series, Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA

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March 4, 2018 

Reading, The Radical Act of Community StorytellingGlobal Arts Gallery, Patagonia, AZ

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January 13, 2018

Workshop, “The Art and Craft of Personal Storytelling,” Vail Preservation Society, Vail, AZ

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January 4, 2018

Co-curator and emcee with Adam Hostetter, “Memory,” Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ

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October 6, 2017

ReadingBest of FST!, Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

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October 11, 2017

Storyteller, “Act Your Age,” Female Story Tellers (FST!), Tucson, AZ

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September 22, 2017

Co-Producer, with David Fitzsimmons, “Thanks for the Mammaries–An Evening of Storytelling in Support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” Tucson, AZ

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Workshop with Ethel Lee Miller, “TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers (and anyone who wants to tell their story like a pro),” Tellers of Tales, Tucson, AZ

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September 7, 2017

ReadingBest of FST book launch, Tucson, AZ

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June 10, 2017 

Speaker, “How to Tell a Good Story,” Arizona Mystery Writers, Tucson, AZ

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July 1, 2017

Workshop, “Voices Uncensored: The Radical Act of Community Storytelling,” National Storytelling Network Conference, Kansas City, MO

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May 6, 2017 

Workshop, “Telling Your Personal Story,” Tellers of Tales, Tucson, AZ

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May 4, 2017

Co-curator and emcee with Adam Hostetter, “Only in Tucson,” Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ

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April 21, 2017

ReadingThe Radical Act of Community StorytellingAntigone Books, Tucson, AZ

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April 1, 2017

Workshop with Ethel Lee Miller, “TELL IT! Presentation Skills for Writers (and anyone who wants to tell their story like a pro),” Tucson, AZ

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March 24, 2017

Book release partyThe Radical Act of Community Storytelling, and Odyssey Storytelling Fundraiser, Tucson, AZ

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November 11, 2016 

Panel presentation, “Compassion Across Cultures,” Casa de La Luz Foundation Conference, Tucson, AZ

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October 26, 2016

Reading, “Autumn Antics,” Writers Read, Tucson, AZ

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July 7, 2016

Co-curator and emcee with Adam Hostetter, “Play,” Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ

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March 25, 2016

Reading with Kaitlin Meadows, “Kitchen Confidential,” Antigone Books, AZ

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Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Storytelling, “DIY,” Odyssey Storytelling, Tucson, AZ

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November 10, 2015

Speaker, “Odyssey Storytelling and the LGBT Community,” Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Tucson, AZ

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July 5, 2015

Workshop with Susy Plummer, “Integrity, Creativity, Intuition,” Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia

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July 1, 2015

Workshop with Susy Plummer, “Shake it Up: Finding Your Inner Creative Self,” Woy Woy, NSW, Australia

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June 2, 2015

Reading, “Downtown/Uptown,” Writers Read, Tucson, AZ

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May 2, 2015

Presentation, “Multicultural Practices in Grief and End of Life,” Continuum: The End of Life Cultural Project Conference sponsored by The Southwest Folklife Alliance, Tucson, AZ

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Reading with Kaitlin Meadows, “Give and Take: a Literary Performance,” Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

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April 17, 2016

Workshop, “Telling Your Story: The Art and Craft of Oral Storytelling for Writers,” Story Circle Network Conference Austin, TX

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April 8, 2015 

Storyteller, “DIY,” Female Story Tellers (FST!) Tucson, AZ

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November 5, 2014

Reading, Writer’s Read, Tucson, AZ

* The photo used on this page was taken by David Travis