A work trip to the remote mountain town of Crown King – and a quick stopover at the legendary Crown King Saloon – got us thinking about Arizona's great wealth of territorial saloons. And when we start thinking about things, well – being the quantification junkies we are – we have to rank them, too.
When Samyak Shertok heard the news about the April 2015 earthquake that rocked his home country of Nepal, he was “shattered.” Shertok, an Arizona State University alum, works as a visiting poet at the Mayo Clinic, where he writes poems for palliative care patients as “lyric medicine” through Arizona poet laureate Alberto Rios' Poesia del Sol program. Shertok decided to help his fellow Nepalis cope with the destruction in much the same way he's been helping the Mayo patients cope with their illnesses: the healing power of poetry.
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