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'Meet Your Literary Community' Event Features Arizona Authors At Phoenix Public Market

It’s starting to feel like fall has arrived, at least a little bit. It’s the time of year I like to sit outside with a cup of tea and maybe a good book.

And if you’re looking for some local reads, you can discover new authors Saturday morning at the “ Meet Your Literary Community” event at Phoenix Public Market. Jake Friedman with ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing said there will be about 50 local authors at the market.

"We have people who will be doing spontaneous poetry. We have people who will be doing tarot card readings that are literary. There will be editorial consultations, we'll have writing prompts, there will be activities for kids," he said.

There’ll also be, of course, local Arizona authors, but Friedman said they won’t be big-name authors. Instead, the focus is on newer or lesser-known writers.

"We have a lot of individuals who are writing in different fields — some are self-published some are published with traditional authors," he said. "We also have a lot of local organizations that, you know, are just starting out. What we've tried to do here is sort of create a space for those grassroots groups because they usually have such, more of a difficult time reaching the public."

Friedman, who helped organize this meet-up, explained the idea is to create a space for Phoenix book-lovers to meet and discover the Phoenix literary scene.

Kaely Monahan joined KJZZ Original Productions as a producer in December 2016.Monahan is a native, and growing up in the East Valley gave her an intimate familiarity with the Valley of the Sun. Eager to experience a new city, she left Phoenix for Tucson to earn her degree in classical studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in mythology. Several years later, her focus transitioned from history to history-in-the-making and news. Monahan went on to earn her master’s degree in international journalism from City University of London.In London, Monahan worked with CBS News and The Times covering international news. On her return to Arizona, Monahan was the art and entertainment editor for the East Valley Tribune, before moving into broadcasting, where she worked in commercial radio as an anchor and reporter.Outside of work, Monahan spends her time reading historical novels, exploring new restaurants in the Valley, and watching movies. Her love of film led her to create a movie review podcast and website. Monahan is also the vice president of the Phoenix Critics Circle.