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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Odyssey Storytelling Presents:


Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 416 E. 9th St., Tucson, $8


Who is your neighbor? Those people next door, their loud dog, music, children. Neighborhood watch, gossip and organizing food for new babies, illnesses, grief. Borders, lines in the sand, fences. Love your neighbor?

Storytellers: Writer, Patricia Fagan; comedian, Phil Gordon; writer, Richy Feinberg; digital story crafter, Jen Clark; “jac”-of-all trades, Jacqueline Larriva; engineer, Michael G. Miller; and more!

Storyteller Bios: 

Patricia Fagan, a refugee from the vanities, obsessions and greed of an old colonial West Indian family came to the United States - NYC – at eighteen years old to encounter the culture of the Seventies.  At this time she gave birth to her son while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Later, she moved to Connecticut, where she completed her Masters in Literature and the Arts from Wesleyan University. At this time, she began storytelling with the Ct. Storytelling Group, performing her stories in such historic places as The Stonycreek Puppet House, and Eli Whitney Barn.   Her poems and short stories have been published in: Sinister Wisdom, Embers, The Caribbean Writer, River City and recently her poem, “Daydreams on a Subway Train,” has been selected to be used in McGraw Hill’s college writing textbook, Spotlight on Music.  Patricia has also written travel pieces and book reviews for The New Haven Register and Grolier Press, respectively.  In the mid-eighties, she traveled and lived in Mexico collecting stories.   After a year there, she came to Tucson and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the U of A.  After fifteen years of owning a small business, she went back to teach Writing at Pima Community College, West Campus.

Richy Feinberg volunteered for the Army in 1954 to 1956. He never volunteered for anything else…well until he married Joyce in 1958 and volunteered to have 3 beautiful daughters.

In 1993 at the age of 58 he had a heart attack,  quadruple bypass surgery and two months later had another heart attack. A year later he was still in pain, depressed, had loss of memory, couldn’t concentrate and was unable to return to work.  In 1994 he moved to one of the most beautiful towns in the country, Oro Valley, where he was blessed  to discover the Heart Series program which changed his lifestyle, saved his heart and opened doors to new adventures and volunteerism. Of the countless changes Richy had made because of the program, one of the most important was the ability to see the positive in very negative situations. He always thought the heart attacks, and bypass surgery were the worst things that ever happened to him. But because of that experience he left the cold, snowy, hot, humid, cloudy, rainy weather and the expensive cost of living in New York. He was so grateful for the improvement in his life that he felt the need to give back. He became an enthusiastic advocate for the Heart Series Program. He volunteered for the Development Review Board and many other committees for the Town of Oro Valley. He lost the race for a council seat and said that also was one of the best things that ever happened to him. He became a certified practitioner for Bio Touch Healing, learned to paint watercolors and had a one man show at DiGrazia Gallery. Richy said that some people may say his accomplishments were no big deal, but for him his life has been getting healthier, happier, more gratifying and productive.  Richy is Director for Community Outreach for the Heart Series program.

Jacqueline Larriva:  You may know her by Jacqueline, or Jacque, or Jac, it all depends in which circle you are in, but one thing is for sure, you will know her by her laugh and the sound of her voice.  She is a Jack-of-all-trades – master of none and wearer of many hats. Professional Jacqueline is a coordinator and lecturer at the University and is also a Safe Zone facilitator, sorority advisor, and medical school interviewer. Jacqueline is also a new board member of Wingspan. Then there is Jacque or Jac, a fool in love, a stepparent to a teen, a biracial radical kinky queer, a social scientist, a prankster, a semi-professional footballer, a sucker for a cute puppy video, and now an Odyssey Storyteller. Jacque has a lifetime worth of great material to share about growing up in Tucson in a multigenerational home, being Mexaneese, an only child in a Catholic family, and story upon story of her continued effort to come out to her Chinese Popo who doesn’t understand “gay”. While this is not her first time on stage, it is her first time as a storyteller.

Michael G. Miller is a chronic runner, some times toward things; less and less often from things. Most often he pounds the beat of some undiagnosed madness of the soul into the streets and paths of Tucson charting odd circular paths that lead him right back to where he began. In these grand circuits, he is a native who has run away many times, only to run back, blaming an addiction to the smell of Creosote on a monsoon breeze, an odd fondness of the self-immolation of Irish skin from noonday blast-furnace sunshine and the overwhelming desire to have one more apple cinnamon pancake from Bobo’s. A living room dancer and closet artist who publicly studied biochemistry and works in engineering. A lover of peanut butter, earl grey, McDonald’s soft-serve, highland scotch, and wonder bread. And while terrible at crochet, knitting and puns, this story-lover is not about to run from this amazing opportunity to spin some yarn. Of all the details and minutiae, all you need to know is Michael is incredibly excited and honored to be able to share his first story here at Odyssey Storytelling.

Jen Nowicki Clark came to Tucson in 1998 on a Greyhound bus and a whim.  Her degrees are in Sociology and Linguistics, but she has always managed to work her way into studio art classes so that she could keep her hands dirty.  She has lived in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston, Ecuador, Tucson, China and Oakland.  And she’s had lots of different neighbors.  She worked for many years at Pima Community College Adult Education teaching ESOL, Computer classes and Civics.  Now, she is Mom to two boys and director of Creative Narrations, a media literacy and digital storytelling consulting firm.

More bios coming soon!


Venue: Fluxx Studios and Gallery

is a non-profit community art space designed to host

exhibitions, performance art, movie screenings,

workshops and special events. They are located just

off 4th Avenue, near the underpass to Congress

Street, across the street from the Shanty.

Doors open at 6:30, come early to get a good seat.

Parking is free on the street.

Special Note: Sections of 4th Avenue are currently

under construction, so please plan your route


We are happy to announce that our shows are no

longer 21 and over now that we have moved to

Fluxx Studio and Gallery so adults of all ages can

enjoy the stories. Refreshments are available for

purchase including wine and beer for those with

an appropriate ID.


We’ve chosen themes for 2014 to make it easier for future

storytellers to see where your favorite personal story will fit in.

Next Up

June 5, 2014: “Behind Bars:  Incarcerations of the Body, Mind & Heart”

Fluxx Studios and Gallery, 414 E. 9th Street, Tucson.

Do You have a story? Contact us!


Storytelling is a way to make connections with diverse and different people that you may not meet in your every day life. Because these stories are from our lives they may be amazing, messy, enlightening, disturbing, and entertaining . . . and more.


Six invited storytellers have ten minutes to talk about a specific theme. The stories are not read or memorized, they are told from the life experiences and creativity of the teller.

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