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Can The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” Save Winslow, Arizona?

09.20.2016

Phoenix New Times, cover story, Sept. 20, 2016

Winslow, Arizona took one lyrical mention in the song “Take It Easy” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and turned it into a cottage industry. First came the Standin’ On The Corner Park, then the Standin’ On The Corner Festival, an annual two-day live music celebration. Would it be enough to save the town?

This story was a finalist for the 2017 Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) Awards in the Arts Feature category.

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Arizona Memory Project Preserves Navajo Times’ Beginnings

05.27.2020

KJZZ: The Show

The Navajo Times newspaper is publishing news in the midst of a crisis for its people, as the Navajo Nation has seen some of the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in the country.

The earliest years of the newspaper are being digitized. KJZZ spoke with the paper's CEO and publisher, Tom Arviso, Jr. and the State Library's Sativa Peterson.

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Film

The Slow Escape

July 2020

Originally released in 1998, now featured on the Criterion Channel as part of the Joanie4Jackie collection curated by Miranda July. "A young radio DJ contemplates the disappearance of twenty-three-year-old Pamela Ferguson, last seen leaving her job as a waitress at the Entré Restaurant in Winslow, Arizona."

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Writing

Take a Chance On Me

07.16.2018

Modern Loss

Two days after my mom’s funeral, her friend told me she had a surprise for me.

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Writing

Baptizing the Dead

09.28.2017

Phoenix New Times

My ideas about the afterlife have always been mixed up.

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Writing

I Pulled a Scroll Out of My Vagina With Artist Carolee Schneemann

09.28.2017

Bust Magazine

A well-known performance artist was looking for women to participate in a project. “Sounds like something we should do,” said my friend Lilah.

This personal essay describes my memories leading up to my participation in an iconic feminist work. The footage, shot in a vast cave, resulted in Carolee Schneemann’s, Interior Scroll – The Cave.

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Arizona Memory Project To Digitize Newspapers From The State’s Early Years

08.07.2019

KJZZ: The Show

At a time when community newspapers seem to be disappearing, the oldest ones can be like a time capsule from days gone by.

Peterson talks with KJZZ’s Lauren Gilger about early newspapers from Phoenix’s African American community.

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Amy Silverman’s ‘Raising Phoenix:’ Yesterday’s News

01.14.2020

KJZZ: The Show

The Show spoke with Silverman about her column, "Yesterday's News," which takes us to a chilly warehouse near the state Capitol where her friend, Sativa Peterson, works as the newspaper librarian for the state of Arizona.

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Paper Chase: Newspaper Librarian Sativa Peterson Keeps the Past in the Basement

08.19.2019

Phoenix New Times

A conversation with Robrt Pela and Sativa Peterson about the State of Arizona Research Library's newspaper collection.

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Sativa Peterson: Preserving Arizona’s printed past

08.19.2019

Arizona Capitol Times

Sativa Peterson talks about historical newspapers with the Arizona Capitol Times.

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Film

5 Nights, 5 Steaks

August 2020

5 Nights, 5 Steaks opens with the question, “So has your own life been a success?” Over the course of the film, a steak dinner is eaten with a Marxist Professor, a Railroad Engineer, a Rancher, a struggling Filmmaker, and a retired Bartender. (2001) 30 min.

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The Handbook of What To Do

August 2020

A small-town survival guide for young girls, the film combines intimate narration with video largely shot in extreme close-up. The result is an imaginative medley of moments of tender beauty and irreverent advice. (1999) Excerpt 2 min.

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