On Monday nights in Flagstaff, at a local pubhouse amidst the sound of billiard balls knocking into each other, authors read from their works to an enthusiastic audience. The readings feature a MFA student from NAU’s English Department and a professional, established regional writer. Poets, novelists, journalists, and playwrights.
The Narrow Chimney Reading Series was created by longtime Flagstaff writers, James Jay and Jesse Sensibar. They have partnered with Thin Air Magazine to include university students and faculty with the wider writing and literary community of Flagstaff. Both Jay and Sensibar are familiar with a vast array of writers and readers and their attendance numbers demonstrate their connectedness to Flagstaff. They average well over forty attendees on a weekly basis. The readings are free to the public, and the writers, the venue, and organizers all donate their time and energy. The results are a dynamic and vibrant reading series, and its energy ripples through the community of Flagstaff.
The series is hosted at Jay’s Uptown Pubhouse in downtown Flagstaff. Award winning university professors, journalists, cowboy poets, spoken word poets, fiction writers, novelists, and natural history writers all come together to listen to each others writing techniques, voices, and ideas.