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The Piper Center Celebrates National Poetry Month with Jeredith Merrin, Rose Solari, and Valerie Bandura

The Piper Center commemorated the end of National Poetry Month with a bang! Jeredith Merrin, Rose Solari, and Valerie Bandura, all gave spectacular readings on April 28th at the College Avenue Commons on ASU’s campus. It was a celebratory return and reunion for the three poets since Desert Nights, Rising Stars 2015. Before the readings, they participated on a panel on humor and seriousness in poetry at the Piper House, mediated by ASU MFA graduate Kyle Bassett. The readings were followed by a reception at Pitchforks and Corks. All three poets are pillars in the Piper community. Jeredith Merrin and Valerie Bandura are both local artists. Rose Solari has been involved with the Piper Center for some time, most recently featured in the Piper Center’s “American Weekend” event at the Oxford Literary Festival.

3TenorsJeredith Merrin—brought up in the Pacific Northwest—took her MA in English (specializing in Chaucer), and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Anglo-American Poetry and Poetics. Cup, a special honoree in the 2013 Able Muse Book Award, is her third collection; her previous books are Shift and Bat Ode (University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets series). She’s authored an influential book of criticism on Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop. Her reviews and essays (on Moore, Bishop, Clare, Mew, Amichai, and others), and poems have appeared in Paris Review, Slate, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. A retired Professor of English (The Ohio State University), she lives near Phoenix.

Rose Solari is the author of three full-length collections of poems, The Last GirlOrpheus in the Park, and Difficult Weather, as well as the multi-media play Looking for Guenevere, an Arthurian retelling. A Secret Woman is her first novel. She has lectured and taught writing workshops at many institutions, including the University of Maryland, St. John’s College, Annapolis, the Jung Society of Washington, and The Centre for Creative Writing, Kellogg College, Oxford, England. Her work as a journalist includes positions as staff writer and editor for Common Boundary Magazineand for SportsFan Magazine, the latter of which she also helped to found. Her awards include the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Columbia Book Award, and an EMMA award for Excellence in journalism. She currently serves on the Advisory Panel of the Centre for Creative Writing, Kellogg College, Oxford, England. She is at work on a critical study of 20th century British and American poetry as well as a new novel.

Valerie Bandura’s collection of poems, FREAK SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), is a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have appeared, among other publications, in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Alaska QuarterlyThird Coast, and the Best New Poets anthology. Born in the former Soviet Union, Bandura received degrees from Columbia University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow. She was awarded a residency from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing at Arizona State University.


Piper Celebrates Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence Xu Xi’s New Novel, “That Man in Our Lives”

UnknownWe had a wonderful time celebrating Piper Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence Xu Xi’s release of her new novel, That Man in Our Lives. The festivities were held on April 20 at the University Club on ASU’s campus, and the evening was a congratulatory end to her residency here at the Piper House this semester. During her time here, she taught a global literature class for the ASU Piper Global Fellows in Southeast Asia, as well as a few undergraduate students in the Barrett Honors College. The Global Fellows will be connecting with her again during their stay in Hong Kong this summer. Xu Xi was also a valuable part of our Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference this past February.

XU XI is authUnknown-1or of ten books, most recently the novels That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, May, 2016) and Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize; the story collection Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, 2011).  Forthcoming books include Interruptions (Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery/Univ. of Hawaii Press, September, 2016), a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection in conversation with photography by David Clarke; a memoir Elegy for HK (Penguin China/Australia, 2017) and Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018).  She has also edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  From January to May, 2016, she is Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing.  She is also co-founder, with author Robin Hemley, of Authors At Large,, offering international writing retreats and workshops.  A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong and US citizen, she currently lives between New York and Hong Kong.

YNY News – Michael Ewing Wins 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest

Please join the Piper center in celebrating Michael Ewing’s first novel, Satan’s Gold, which has won first prize in the 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest for best crime fiction!

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“An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

  • “An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

    Michael Stackpole recently sat with Timothy C. Ward at SF Signal to record a podcast interview. They discuss the recent Canvas course Michael conducted, but discuss many more topics, as the introduction explains:

    Michael and Tim also discuss how one learns to outline, examining studies in neuroplasticity and how outlines come from a strong understanding of characters. Michael discusses higher education options for aspiring authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

    The audio podcast is available to stream and to download on the SF Signal website.

Bill Konigsberg’s “Openly Straight” finalist for 2014 Walden Award

The Piper Center is proud to announce that our own YOUR NOVEL YEAR coordinator & instructor, Bill Konigsberg, has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award! The book earning the honor is Bill’s 2013 effort, Openly Straight.

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Diane Setterfield Talks Writing, Etcetera…

On November 14th, 2013, Diane Setterfield visited The Poisoned Pen Bookstore to talk about her work! Check out the video of the event…

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“Review of the Day: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson” – School Library Journal

Guest of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference, novelist Varian Johnson,  receives high praise for The Great Greene Heist.

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Bill Konigsberg’s Openly Straight Wins Sid Fleischman Humor Award

Many congratulations to our friend Bill Konigsberg, whose young adult novel, Openly Straight, has won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award!

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“An Audio Interview with Michael A. Stackpole” at SF Signal

Michael Stackpole recently sat with Timothy C. Ward at SF Signal to record a podcast interview.

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Bill Konigsberg Hosts a YA Workshop at Changing Hands!

Your Novel Year Faculty Member Konigsberg hosts “Finding Your Teen Voice, and What to Do When It Stops Speaking to You” Workshop!

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