My Love for Tucson
This I believe.
There are places on this earth that resonate beyond the five senses. For me, here in the lower forty-eight, I discovered one in Abiquiu, New Mexico, at Ghost Ranch, near Sante Fe where Georgia O’Keeffe waved her magic brush. The second is located in Chinle at Canyon de Chelly (pronounced de Shay), in the northeast quadrant of Arizona. The third is the state’s second city, Tucson, where I lived for seven glorious years. It was in Tucson that I wrote my first novel, discovered poetry, thanks to the Society of Southwestern Authors who invited slam poet Taylor Mali to perform at its 2008 conference. Tucson, the Old Pueblo, where I learned to appreciate a desert’s spectacular beauty, where I experienced its unfathomable wonder and gathered up the vibrations it sent my way.
I missed the Tucson Festival of Books in 2009 where 450 writers assembled to thrill over 50,000 thousand readers. I squandered the opportunity to mingle with authors Elmore Leonard, Get Shorty and 3:10 To Yuma; Michael Gelb, How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci; Mark Frost co-writer, who along with David Lynch produced the phenomenal 1990s television series, “Twin Peaks.” Lost the chance to talk with old friends, Academy Award screenwriter/novelist, Michael Blake, Dances With Wolves and Indian Yell; and of course, my personal inspiration, Luis Alberto Urrea, Into The Beautiful North, Hummingbird’s Daughter, and Queen of America who was blessed by a shaman during his signing session. Whoa!
When I am king, I’ll return to Tucson and right many wrongs of the state, Pima County, and the city’s United School District which voted to suspend classes in Mexican American Studies at TUSD schools and removed books: 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures edited by Elizabeth Martinez; Chicano: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Arturo Rosales; Message to AZTLAN, Rodolfo Corky Gonzales; Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire; Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, Bill Bigelow; Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, Rodolfo Acuna and others including books by Luis Alberto Urrea, keynote speaker at the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books. Next Festival March 9-10, 2013.
Causes Charles Redner Supports
All Down syndrome associations, Buddy Walks in LA, Tucson and Orange Country CA