2023 APW State Conference

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Attend the 2023 State Conference
of Arizona Professional Writers

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10  a.m. —  3 p.m.
held at The Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

The conference is presented by Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field. We invite both members and nonmembers. The conference includes two excellent speakers, a salad lunch, and a tour. Free parking is available.

The Early Bird prices of $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers and $25 for students with ID is available until May 1. (Members use: APWmember10 for member-only discount; Student25 for student discount.) Admission is $75 after May 1 or at the door. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.  Contact APW Treasurer RuthAnn Hogue at arizonaprofessionalwriters@gmail.com for options for paying by check or Zelle QuickPay.

**10 – 10:30 Registration and check in (Members, see below)

10:45 – ELENA SELESTEWA: “History and Evolution of the Phoenix Indian School Center”

Elena Selestewa is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from Polacca, Arizona. Her role is the Visitor Center Specialist from the work agencies of Native American Connections and partnered with the city of Phoenix to operate The Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center.

Elena has gained knowledge and patience while volunteering with the Village of Walpi Elderly program. She has also gained knowledge of being a docent between her colleagues and self-motivation to learn more which she can use her voice to express these impacts of boarding schools’ policies to whose families like hers whom are impacted with the intergenerational trauma or those who don’t know the history. Asquali’ (Which means thank you in Hopi)

12 Lunch: A choice of three salads with hearty portions and house-made dressings with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Cookies and water will also be served.

1 Awards and recognition

1:30 p.m. “ DEBRA UTACIA KROL: “On the beat – through the eyes of an indigenous reporter”

Debra Utacia Krol is an award-winning journalist with an emphasis on Indigenous, environmental and science issues who’s fond of averring that “My beat is Indians.” She is an enrolled member of the Xolon (also known as Jolon) Salinan Tribe from the Central California coastal ranges. In addition to more than a dozen other awards, Krol was named Best Beat Environmental Reporter by the Native American Journalists’ Association.

2:30-3 Elena will be available to a answer further questions and tell us about the photos portraying the school’s history!

NOTE: **APW members’ business meeting 9:15- 10. Check in from 8:30-9.


Purchase tickets online. $50 APW members, $60 nonmembers. $25 for students with student ID. APW members use APWmember10 to receive the discount, Students use Student25. Go to Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arizona-professional-writers-2023-state-conference-tickets-601839336657 . Contact APW Treasurer RuthAnn Hogue at arizonaprofessionalwriters@gmail.com for options for paying by check or Zelle QuickPay.

For questions, contact Jaimie by email or by phone at 928-607-3181. (Text or leave a message)

The Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center is located  in the Band Building, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Starbucks and Dutch Bros Coffee locations are 3-4 minutes away.

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