Hiccups. Bumps in the road. Small mistakes. Unexpected detours. Involuntary reactions. Glitches and malfunctions. A disturbance in the force. Nervous tics. Mysterious ailments. Weird and wonderful antidotes and home remedies.
Want to cure your hiccups quick?
Stick out your tongue and bite your lip.
Hold your breath and shake one hip,
Pull back your left food and kick up.
Now, you see, we’ve cured your hiccup.
Nothing much to it – don’t you feel swell?
Oh well …
Hiccup Cure by Shel Silverstein
Paco Velez born and raised In the border town of Nogales Sonora Mexico 114 kilometers north of Ts-iuk-shan (Tucson). Velez is an internationally recognized artist working with mixed media, painting, performance art, installation art , video art and muralist. Velez’s artistic expression is informed by the tensions of the U.S./Mexico border; “Art transcends all Borders”. Velez is co-founder and co-director of Tucson’s Studio ONE: A Space for Art and Activism located in downtown Tucson. Studio ONE is home for many grassroots movements and local and international up and coming artists. Velez’ other interests and activities involve mental and physical efforts done in order to achieve a positive changes in our community : Velez is also the Prevention Programs Manager at Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation managing youth programs focusing on harm reduction for LGTBQ and at risk Youth.
Melanie Madden is a storyteller, essayist, poet and educator who hails from Barstow, California. She sits on the Executive Board of FST! Female Storytellers as the Philanthropy Chair, coordinating with the nonprofit community organizations that FST! raises funds for at each show. She is currently co-editing with Leigh Spencer The Best of FST! Female StoryTellers Anthology slated for September 2017 release. Melanie’s work can be found in Timber Journal, The Mojave River Review, The Feminist Wire and Essay Daily.
Jeff Fearnow wasn’t always this way. But as cells will do on this green earth, he organized and became the semi sentient life form you see today. Against all likelihood he has an exceedingly smart family. He hopes to catch up with them one day.
Judith Weiser: I am an Ohio gal who has lived in Tucson for 40 years, longer than I have lived everywhere else in my life put together. I spent the ﬁrst 25 years of my life in the Midwest. In 1976 I crossed the Mississippi and never looked back. It took me a year to get from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to Tucson and I’ve been here ever since. (For those of you getting ready to do the math, I’ll spare you: I recently received my Medicare card.) I’m just trying to ﬁgure out myself what parts of my past are signiﬁcant, which makes writing a bio a little tricky. Let’s just leave it at this: I’ve owned four dogs over the years, and I’ve loved them all.
My name is Nicolas Salome Rios, I am 17 and I was born in Del Rio Texas. I grew up in Las Vegas Nevada but I moved to Tucson in 2007, the city where the rest of my family is from. Being all around the American Southwest I found my home here in Tucson.
Marell: I am a reformer ne’er do well living life as a rogue Episcopalian. I wash dishes, bus tables and provide astounding customer service at Jason’s Deli. I attend church at St. Michael and All Anhels Episcopal Church. I am a self-proclaimed piece of work enjoying life’s blessings. I use the force responsibly.