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Poetry Event December 8 at GCC

Tuesday, December 8 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., in SU104E in the Student Union at Glendale Community College (GCC) two poets will be featured and others are welcome to present their own work or read their favorite selections at the Free Association Poetry Open Mic. This free poetry event is presented monthly by the Rorschach Poetry Collective, a diverse and accomplished group of West Valley poets who seek to bring contemporary poetry to local residents. The event is open to the public, and poetry readers are invited to present all styles and stages of writing. Featured presenters at the December event are local poets Neil Gearns and Cat Klotsche.

Neil Gearns, a 48-year-old Mesa, AZ resident and married father of two, Neil is the author of two self-published chapbooks, "Wagon Surfing on Tomorrows Dreams" and "Two Too Many Drinks on Sunday." Neil's poetry has been described as "what beat would sound like if it were filled with the vitality and humor of these modern times... and subjected to radiation treatments." He has earned spots on the 2008 and 2009 Mesa Slam Teams and is a fan of and frequent participant in many local Open Mics, and Poetry Slams." In 2010, Neil plans to create a performance art and social observance called Project 88. Project 88 will explore social issues facing today's artists through the application of performance art, live action theater, poetry, music and visual arts.

Cat Klotsche currently a resident of Tempe, AZ, has been writing for more than twenty years. She got her start hosting slams and poetry workshops as well as doing improvisation with high-risk youth in the late 1990's. A native of Long Island, Cat got acquainted with competitive poetry at the age of 18 at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. Nine years, 2600 miles, countless odd jobs and failed relationships later, Cat represented Mesa, AZ at the National Poetry Slam in St. Louis, MO. Cat left Slam in 2005 to pursue other literary goals and is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor's in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. In addition to poetry, Cat also writes short fiction. Cat was first published in an anthology put out by Quill Books (1993) but has also been featured in high school and college literary magazines (1996-2000). In the past five years, she's self-published four chapbooks and a CD. Cat has performed in several states including Arizona, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Missouri.

GCC student Jessica Standifird, who formed The Rorschach Poetry Collective, hosts the event. Celebrating a variety of styles and forms, Rorschach Poets have been published in top literary journals around the world, been invited to perform at national slam festivals plus the Mesa Arts Center and ASU's Kerr Cultural Center. Contact Standifird at 602.810.4574 or at

Please note: This is an uncensored event. Material may not be suitable for young children. This event is organized by the Rorschach Poets. The views expressed by any of the participants of the event are not necessarily the views of Glendale Community College, its faculty, or administration.

GCC is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges and offers associate degrees and certificate programs that last year attracted more than 30,000 students to GCC's main campus in Glendale and the GCC North campus, 5727 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix. Registration is presently under way for the Spring 2010 semester. Go to, click on "Find a Class," the appropriate semester and location to see what course offerings are available and to register. Assistance also is available by calling GCC Enrollment Services at 623.845.3333.

For questions about GCC's new Certificate in Creative Writing, call Johnnie Clemens May at 623.845.3538

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Content revised 12/2/09