The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Listen Here, Jackalope: A Tolsun Books Reading with Sarah Abigail Adleman, Angela M. Brommel, Michael Buckius, Sarah Sala

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Hybrid, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Poetry
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Based in Airzona and Nevada, Tolsun Books is an independent, non-profit press publishing poetry, comics-poetry, short stories, hybrids, memoirs, photo stories, and other cool artistic book-type things. They're not fancy or formal. Their books look rad. See why they're putting the Southwest on the map with readings from Sarah Abigail Adleman, Angela M. Brommel, Michael Buckius, and Sarah Sala. 

About the Author

Photograph of Sarah Abigail Adleman

Sarah Abigail Adleman was raised along the bayous of Houston with her two brothers. After working as a watch repair specialist, a project coordinator for a photographer, and a bartender in a downtown dive, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Bangladesh where she was stationed near Taliban training camps. She studied in Indian ashrams, taught English in China, and escaped arrest in Mexico for perceived prostitution. She earned her MFA from The University of Texas at El Paso, where she lived for ten years, while simultaneously practicing as a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury. Her work has been recognized by Kindred Magazine, Terrene, and Glimmer Train. She is the author of the hybrid memoir The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes (Tolsun Books, 2019). Sarah currently lives in Colorado with her husband, dog, and newborn son.

Photograph of Angela M. Brommel

Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots. In 2018, her chapbook, Plutonium & Platinum Blonde, was published by Serving House Books. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry blog, The North American Review, The Literary Review’s (TLR) Share, and many other journals and anthologies. A 2018 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, Angela served as the inaugural poet of the program. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Mojave in July (Tolsun Books, 2019) is her debut full-length poetry collection. Angela is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture as well as affiliate faculty in Humanities at Nevada State College. You can also find her at The Citron Review as Editor-in-Chief.

Photograph of Michael Buckius

Michael Buckius is a writer and filmmaker from Lancaster, PA. He earned his undergraduate degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and is currently an MFA Creative Writing candidate at Northern Arizona University. He has been featured in Shrew, Ghost City Review, and has recently self-published his second chapbook, Poetry Landfill Vol. 2. His chapbook collaboration with Doug Bale, Future Sarcasm, is forthcoming from Tolsun Books.

Photograph of Sarah Sala

Sarah Sala is a poet, educator, and native Michigander. A chapbook of her selected poetry, The Ghost Assembly Line, was published by Finishing Line Press in Spring 2016. Her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR's hit show Radiolab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. She is the founder of the free poetry workshop, Office Hours, which fosters community among adjunct instructors, and co-produces AmpLit Fest in conjunction with Summer on the Hudson. Currently, she’s Assistant Poetry Editor at the Bellevue Literary Review. Sarah's awards and honors include: an Academy of American Poets University & College Prize, the Marjorie Rapport Award for Poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New York University in 2012. She is a 2019 Poets House Fellow, as well as a 2016 & 2018 Home School Fellow. Her work appears in BOMBMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Southampton ReviewThe Stockholm Review of Literature, and Atlas Review, among others. Sarah is a language lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Manhattan. Her full-length book of poetry, Devil’s Lake, is forthcoming from Tolsun Books.

Picture of a jackalope

Tolsun Books, LLC is a small press based out of Tolleson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Tolsun Books believes in the cosmic power of strong relationships with authors, artists, partners, and the community. They make daring, energetic books that use separate parts to construct a whole: poetry, short stories, comics poetry, hybrids, photo stories, flash memoir. At Tolsun, the importance of aesthetic and design is paramount: A Tolsun Book will look beautiful on a bookshelf, coffee table, or nightstand. Go ahead, judge our books by their covers!

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at

About the Literary Fair

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is a celebration of creative writing and literary arts in a local community. Enjoy free author talks, poetry readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

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