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A night of Tucson Salvage Five Arizona artists storytell across four mediums: poetry, song, prose and film.

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A night of Tucson Salvage


Five Arizona artists storytell across four mediums: poetry, song, prose and film.


In celebration of Brian Jabas Smith’s new book, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, join poet Maggie Golston, fabled singer/songwriter Billy Sedlmayr with the lovely Kaia Lacy, and filmmaker Maggie Smith, who will share their work alongside Brian Smith’s reading. Q&A and book signing to follow.


Brian Smith is an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. At one point he overcame heavy crystal meth and alcohol addictions. He now lives back in Tucson and his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints (Ridgeway Press), have been made into short films, available soon. His latest book, a collection of essays and columns, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, is out on London-based publisher Eyewear Press.


Billy Seldmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music for over three decades, from his early days as an underage musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians, then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. This evening he is joined by the talented Kaia Lacy.


Maggie Golston is a poet and songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. Her manuscript, About a Red Mouth, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series in 2004, and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Spork, and Printer’s Devil Review. Her record Spaceman was released in 2005. She is a member of the English and Humanities faculty at Pima Community College.


Maggie Smith is a filmmaker, writer and mother. She was taught in the hallowed halls of Northwestern University and the work trucks of Asheville, North Carolina. She is the co-writer of the Spent Saints web series and the co-writer and director of Tucson Salvage the Documentary, both based on books by her husband, Brian Jabas Smith. She is an LGBTQ+ activist and a lover of humanity. There’s a novel coming soon.


7 pm

$5 to benefit Youth on Their Own.

NO ONE TURNED AWAY AT DOOR FOR LACK OF $.

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