As part of the Tucson Festival of Books, Jimmy Santiago Baca performs excerpts from his collection of poems Healing Earthquakes.
Demetria Martinez reads work from The Devil's Workshop (2002), Breathing Between the Lines (1997), and Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana (2005). She also reads a short story from the manuscript of The Block Captain's Daughter, which would go on to be published by University of Oklahoma Press in 2012.
Brenda Hillman reads from her books Bright Existence (1993), Practical Water (2009), and Seasonal Works With Letters On Fire (2013), along with uncollected and new poems.
Naomi Shihab Nye reads from her poetry collections Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (2018) and The Tiny Journalist (2019), as well as from new work.
sam sax reads new and uncollected poems, as well as work from his poetry collections madness (2017) and bury it (2018). This reading was originally given alongside Erika L. Sánchez as part of the Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading Series.
Tongo Eisen-Martin reads new work commissioned as part of the Art for Justice series. Timoteio Padilla represents Sustainable Nations in an opening presentation.