Get Lit: Keeping it Classy with Taric Watts-Williams – Tickets – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ – March 5th, 2020

Get Lit: Keeping it Classy with Taric Watts-Williams
Presented by ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Get Lit: Keeping it Classy with Taric Watts-Williams

Valley Bar
Ages 21+

Spirited conversations. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This Month: Keeping it Classy with Taric Watts-Williams

Is literature dominated by privileged protagonists? Doesn’t it seem like most main characters come from wealth or, at the very least, have a story focused on its attainment? Is the hero’s journey just another mask for capitalism? Is the novel itself bourgeoisie? What kind of other plot structures are available to us? What would a story look like from the perspective of the working class or poor? Would the publishing industry even be interested? Would we even want them to be?

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Meet the Host

tanner menard is a Q2S, non-binary poet & composer whose work embodies their Creole/Acadian/NDN lineage. Poems are their method of survival, a linguistic medicine of ambiguity which is certain that love prevails. As a composer of experimental music, menard has been published & anthologized internationally on labels such as Full Spectrum Records, Rural Colours, Tokyo Droning, Install, Slow Flow Rec, H.L.M., Archaic Horizon, Kafua Records & Milieu Music. Their recent album/chapbook collaboration with Andrew Weathers was published on Full Spectrum Records. menard’s poetry & essays have been published in The Squawkback, Rabbit & Rose, Cloudthroat, The University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog, Red Ink Magazine & The Mockingheart Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA & The Wire Magazine. Their poem ‘see eye my memory my’ was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cloudthroat. menard is a member of the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana & Southeast Texas & resides in Tempe, AZ.



Inspired by 17th century salons—intimate, informal gatherings where people would come together to exchange literary and philosophical ideas under the roof of an educated host—Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Every month, a local writer, professor, or other member of the community speaks for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening the conversation up to the room. While Get Lit is designed to be a fun, lively, and interactive space that centers participants rather than the speaker, there is no pressure or obligation for anyone to speak, and guests are welcome to sit quietly and observe the conversation if that's what they feel more comfortable doing. Individuals do not need to have any background or familiarity with the topic. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Venue Information:
Valley Bar
130 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85004