Award-winning author Marge Pellegrino helping writers discover their voices at the Library

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – It doesn’t matter whether you write occasionally or energetically pursue it every day. Nor does it matter if you’re a published author or new to the craft. Pima County Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence Program is here to help you!

Now through August 31, 2017, author, teaching artist, and writing-workshop facilitator Marge Pellegrino will serve as the Library’s newest Writer-in-Residence. For Pellegrino, who calls herself “word wild and book bonkers,” the program offers a unique opportunity to support writers from all walks of life, encouraging them to think in new ways and helping them improve their skills.

Pellegrino is the author of the children’s books My Grandma’s the Mayor and Too Nice as well as the Judy Goddard award-winning novel Journey of Dreams. She has also published nonfiction and poetry.

A Tucson Weekly Local Hero, Pellegrino is passionate about sharing the power of words. Since 1999, she has coordinated programming for the Owl & Panther Project, which was a finalist in the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Of her residency, Pellegrino says, “I’m enjoying the connectedness that comes when writers share their work and tap into each other’s energies.”

Pellegrino will hold office hours from 10am–noon on Tuesdays at the Woods Memorial Library and 10am–1pm on Thursdays at the Nanini Library.

In addition, she will present three events during her residency:

  • Writing from Image
    Thursday, July 13 at 2pm, Nanini Library
  • Surrealistic Found Word Poetry (at MegaMania!! 2017)
    Saturday, July 15 at 3pm, Pima Community College – Downtown
  • Don’t Fear the Blank Page
    Wednesday, July 19 at 11am, Oro Valley Public Library

Pellegrino will also present Build a Better Tucson (June 21, July 12) and My family/Your family, Mi familia/Tú familia (July 1) as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. A frequent Library presenter, Pellegrino will host numerous workshops in the fall, including Make ‘n Take Gratitude Journals on November 3.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit The Writer-in-Residence Program was made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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