“My father was my hero, and he was my greatest foe.”- Bruce Springsteen
Heroes & Villains have faced off since the beginning of recorded history. Moses and Pharaoh, Beowulf and Grendel, Batman and The Joker, SpongeBob and Plankton; we love’em, we hate’em. Sometimes a single character can be a hero to some, and a villain to others. Do you know or have a hero? Do you know, or are you a villain? Has your life ever been impacted by one or the other? Let’s hear all about it at Heroes & Villains.
Ryan Bravin is not your typical University of Arizona student. His favorite things include dad jokes, milkshakes, and going for very long runs. When he’s not running on the treadmill, to and from class, or away from responsibility, you can find Ryan enjoying time with the ones he loves most. Upon his graduation in May 2020, Ryan will join the Teach for America corps, where he hopes to use his passions for speaking and writing to make a difference.
Pat Davis – I was a depression kid, born in Denver Colorado and raised in various places in California. My family moved to Hawaii when I was 9 years old, and we were evacuated in May, 1942. Hawaii had captured my heart and, as an adult I moved back four (final) times for a total of 30 some years. My husband and I have been married 60 years, have 5 children, and scores of grand and great grandchildren. I have had several careers along the way from nursing in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Toronto,Canada to staff services analyst for the State of California. I think I inherited my “itchy feet” from my Dad, as my husband and I have moved over 50 times. I consider our life to be a series of wonderful adventures, and we’re not through yet.
A 20 year Arizona resident by way of Wisconsin and California, Terry Ahearn is the lucky husband of his wonderful wife and talented artist, Linda, and extremely proud father of Haley and Cole! When not working at his aerospace career, Terry likes to write short stories, primarily humorous true accounts of personal experiences, and is a founding member of the Writer’s Bloc, a group of dedicated writers of multiple genres. A past participant of Odyssey Storytelling, Terry enjoys making others laugh at his frequent self-deprecating stories. “It’s fun to laugh at yourself, it’s a tonic tried and true.”
A.J. Flick is a writer, editor and repurposed journalist. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism. Her byline has appeared in numerous news websites and publications across the country, covering everything from news to sports to entertainment. She covered the case detailed in Toxic Rage, her first book, while reporting for the now-defunct Tucson Citizen newspaper. Since leaving daily journalism, she has been working as an author, freelance journalist, book editor, copywriter, screenwriter and campaign communications director. She grew up in Maryland, the Philippines, Indiana and Arizona and loves living in Tucson.
Shanin Williams is a dancer, painter & writer. This is her premier as a Storyteller. She is a recent transplant from Oregon. She waited nearly 40 years to return to the desert and wonders why it took so long. Standing up in front of people and telling her stories is both a long-time dream and life-long fear. She’d like her stories to be funnier.