"Things as they are are changed upon the blue guitar." - Wallace Stevens. Copyright reserved, Random House, Inc.

Welcome to The Blue Guitar magazine, The Blue Guitar Jr. magazine and the Unstrung.

Let Your Arizona Voices Be Heard!

The Blue Guitar magazine, the Blue Guitar Jr. magazine and Unstrung are the projects of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. Visit www.artizona.org

The magazines feature Arizona's emerging and established writers in all genres, artists and people who are great visionaries and leaders in the arts and for the arts by contributing their talent, passion and skills.

We are looking forward to feature many Arizona artists and writers.

ENTRY FEE There is no fee to submit work for call to artists/writers.

 

You can make your tax-deductible contribution today, fast, easy and securely via PayPal. Just click on the Donate button on our Donate page on http://www.artizona.org/donate.html  or send your donation to the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. The address to send donations is: Arizona Consortium for the Arts, c/o Elena Thornton 14608 N. 40th Way, Phoenix, AZ 85032. The continuation of our goals, mission, vision, projects and programs will only be possible with your contributions.

Arizona Consortium for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by US Federal income tax law. Our Tax ID Number is 26-1395391.

Co-Founders:Rebecca Dyer and Elena Thornton

EditorRebecca Dyer

Publisher: Elena Thornton

Editor: Richard H. Dyer Jr.

Artwork for front, back covers: Marjory Boyer


We are proud to present the Spring 2014 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editors: Rebecca Dyer and Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers. To read click here .


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We are proud to present the Fall 2013 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers, poets, artists, and Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers. To read click here the Fall 2013 issue. The issue also includes a Community Spotlight Q-and-A with Alberto Ríos - the inaugural Poet Laureate for the State of Arizona and the Arizona State University Regents’ Professor.

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We are proud to present the Spring 2013 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers.

Click on - Spring 2013 issue 

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We are proud to present the Fall 2012 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers.


Click on - The Blue Guitar Fall 2012 issue

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We are proud to present the Spring 2012 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers.

Click on The Blue Guitar - Spring 2012 issue

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We are proud to present the Fall 2011 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine.  A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers.

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We are proud to present the Summer 2011 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine.  A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the permanent artwork front and back covers.

The Summer 2011 Issue features all-Arizona writers, poets, artists, musicians and musical and dance groups, including: Arizona Classical Kids • Carrie Backe • Renee Bau • Alicia Bay Laurel • Lynn Black • Effie Bouras • Evonne Bowling • Marjory Boyer • David Chorlton • Joshua Daniel Cochran • William W. Don Carlos • Jonelle Farr • Hilary Gan • Jonathan Gabriel • Ehren Fritz Gerhard • Grupo Folklorico I’naru • J. Michael Green • Cora Holley • Tobi Lopez Taylor • Joan McConnell • Kaitlin Meadows • Sara T. Moore • Kelly Nelson • Andrew Pentis • Tye Rabens • Issac Real • Hannah Richard • Esther Schnur-Berlot • Michael E. Singer • Natalia Spannaus • SMUDD rock and roll band • Lilvia Soto • Zhanna Tevan • Dustin Volz 

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We are proud to present the Spring 2011 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine - Dedicated to the People of Tucson. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers and artists, Marjory Boyer for the front and back cover artwork.

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                                Editor's Note

                           Rebecca "Becca" Dyer

From a distance, as you drive into Tucson from the north, you can see the back of the Santa Catalina Mountains rise up. If the sun’s angle is just right, you can see the ridges of the range running smoothly up and downlike sinews. I say the back of the Catalinas only because when you live in Tucson, you become spoiled by the front views, nestled as Tucson is in a desert valley, comfortably cradled among four ranges — the Catalinas, the Santa Ritas, the Tucsons, the Rincons. It was almost a prayerlike chant reciting their names and their directions to remember them: the Catalinasto the north, the Santa Ritas to the south, the Tucsons (although we say Tucson Mountains) to the west, the Rincons to the east. It was impossible to get lost as long as you knew which mountain range was which.I was born and raised in Tucson and met my husband there at the University of Arizona. My side of the family still calls Tucson home. Growing up, I remember equating Tucson’s hot, dry climate and desert setting, its palm trees,brush, cactuses and mountains, with the Holy Land. This is what it must be like, I thought, this is what a spiritual place must be like. I still carry that spirit inside me. Call it what you will, but such a spirit has helped Tucson rise up after the unimaginable tragedy of Jan. 8.Like the strong backs of the mountains ringing it, the city bears its grief and pain with dignity. It is willing itself to keep going, to salvage what it can, to focus on the good, to continue to reach out to those seemingly unreachable.The rest of the state, indeed the nation and the world, could learn from such faith and perseverance, this unwavering sense of commitment and community.With this issue, our fervent prayer is that the healing power of hope, like the desert’s miraculous rain, will continue to renew and restore, and love, like the wildflowers that each year signal spring, will continue toabound. To the people of Tucson, especially to those who have suffered hardship and pain but continue to reach out and endure, this issue is lovingly dedicated.

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Editor's Note

Our decision to focus on poetry for this issue of The
Blue Guitar was spurred by several factors, among them
an overfl owing abundance of exceptionally good poetry
submitted, as well as a couple of other
things:
1) I received a letter in the mail from
The Poetry House in New York the other
day, asking for a donation. I asked myself
why the East Coast continues to corner
the market on all things poetry.
2) During a recent spirited discussion
at work on how to handle the spelling
of E.E. Cummings’ name (apparently
he did prefer uppercase and periods), one colleague (I hope
tongue-in-check … for his sake), said, “No one reads poetry
anymore, anyway,” which was met rightfully so with a loud
chorus of boos, hisses and “No way!”s. “There’s plenty of
good poetry out there,” I argued, to which a wiser colleague
added, “And bad poetry, too. I know, I’ve written my share.”
The point is, poetry as the most poignant and most potent
expression of the human heart will never go out of style.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, poetry is alive and well here in
Arizona.
And for proof, I give you Exhibit A: the fall issue of The Blue Guitar. 

Editorial Staff Editor in chief: Rebecca Dyer
Publisher: Elena Thornton
Production Editor: Richard H. Dyer Jr.
Artwork for front, back covers: Marjory Boyer

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                                 Editor’s Note

Welcome to the inaugural summer edition of The Blue Guitar!
This edition represents so many firsts for us — our first summer
issue — stemming from the need to showcase so many great submissions that came to us for spring, so many that our cup literally ranneth over. Also, after featuring in our first three issues the work of the winning artist in our cover design contest, as well as the work of the two runnersup, for the first time we have opened up the magazine to juried art — for this issue, the works reflect the
theme “Images of Summer.” Distinctive writers, poets and artists — all Arizona residents — have contributed to our first summer
issue. At a time when our society’s one-size-fits-all mentality threatens to overwhelm, our individual voices struggle to be heard. We at The Blue Guitar magazine remain dedicated to these unique voices and are committed to bringing to you our readers their
unique reflections of the human heart. As always, thank you for submitting and thank you for reading!
Editor in chief: Rebecca Dyer
Publisher: Elena Thornton
Production Editor: Richard H. Dyer Jr.
Artwork for front, back covers: Marjory Boyer

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Click on The Blue Guitar- Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue.

We are proud to present the Spring 2010 Issue of The Blue Guitar Magazine. A huge Thank - You to Editor in Chief, Rebecca Dyer; Production Editor, Richard H. Dyer Jr., all the talented writers, Marjory Boyer for artwork inside the magazine and front and back covers and Holly Wagner, third - place winner in cover contest. 

A note from Rebecca Dyer, Editor in Chief: Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue of The Blue Guitar! It’s hard to believe, but we’re celebrating our first anniversary! We have so much to be thankful for and feel truly blessed by the outpouring of remarkable and wonderful work! It’s a testament to the unlimited talent of the people who call Arizona home and their unlimited power to make this world, and Arizona, a better place to live. Our cup truly runneth over, so much so we are launching a third edition, an issue that will come out in summer. With every edition, we find that all roads lead to Arizona. From Russia, Haiti, Havana and Mexico, from New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Minnesota, California and Hawaii, all are represented here, as well as the immense home-grown talent, from the southernmost part of the state to its northernmost reaches. As always, folks, please keep submitting! And a huge thank-you to all who helped put this Spring 2010 issue together! We couldn’t do it without you!

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We are featured on About.com as the cause of the week. To read - Click on the link http://nonprofit.about.com/u/sty/profiles/causeofweek/Building-a-Multicultural-Arts-Center-in-AZ.htm Joanne Fritz, Nonprofit Charitable Orgs Guide, says: You must take a look at the wonderful Blue Guitar Magazine. I love the intergenerational aspect of all the contributions. Wonderful reading!

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It is with great excitement and honor Arizona Consortium for the Arts announces The Blue Guitar Magazine Fall 2009 edition. It is now on the Web site www.theblueguitarmagazine.org. Rebecca Dyer, Editor in Chief, and Rick Dyer, Production Editor. Sharon McCarthy, is the featured artist. The Blue Guitar Magazine is the project of the Arizona Consortium for the Arts. The issue is filled with great literary works in many genres by Arizona writers, one-of-kind artworks, photos from our April 26, 2009, annual celebration at ASU, and a Q&A with Dog-Eared Pages Used Books owner Melanie Tighe, who is also a writer and a great supporter of the arts. By the numbers, the Fall Issue at 76 pages has 22 more pages than the inaugural Spring 2009 Issue, and has 34 contributors. All are Arizona residents. The Fall 2009 Issue of The Blue Guitar features the works of: Paige Blatnik o Jodi Cisman o Lysa Cohen o W. Jerald Cole o Richard Colosimo o Lauren Dixon o Trish Dolasinski o Keely Ernst o Andrea Ervin o Tony Fabiano o Robin K. Ferguson o Mel Flores o Devin Fuller o James Gaitis o Allison Gatlin o Brittany Gonzales o Flora Grateron o John Mikal Haaheim o Andrea Hernandez Holm o Natasha Karaczan o Lindsey Kupfer o Luis Carlos Lopez o Josh Louchheim o B Love o Melissa Matyas o Sharon McCarthy o Charlsy Panzino o Andrew Pentis o Dan Ramirez o Jeannine Savard o Richard Fenton Sederstrom o Amanda Soto o Lilvia Soto o Melanie Tighe We hope the Fall Issue will be an inspiration to everyone!. The call for submissions for our Spring 2010 Issue will go out in mid-January! This Fall Issue is dedicated to the memory of Scottsdale resident, writer and World War II veteran Richard Colosimo. His moving nonfiction essay “My Experience At Ohrdruf” about one of his World War II experiences during the liberation of the Ohrdruf, a labor camp, was sent to us from hospice and is included in this issue. On Saturday, December 12th there will be readings from the fall issue of The Blue Guitar, including a dedication of the issue in memory of Richard Colosimo. The event will be at the Peoria Home and Garden Expo Center located at 8606 W. Ludlow Drive, off the Loop 101 at Thunderbird Road. The public is invited to this event. The free event for the whole family will start at Noon. For information about Arizona Consortium for the Arts, a startup arts and culture nonprofit organization, visit www.artizona.org  or call 602-263-5373.

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The magazine features Arizona's emerging and established writers in all genres, artists and people who are great visionaries and leaders in the arts and for the arts by contributing their talent, passion and skills.

We are looking forward to feature many Arizona artists and writers.

ENTRY FEE There is no fee to submit work for call to artists/writers.

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