Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Elena Poniatowska

September 18th 2014

heart-artichoke-elena-poniatowska-paperback-cover-artElena Poniatowska is a French-born Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on the disenfranchised, especially women and the poor. In 2013, she won Spain’s Premio Cervantes Literature Award, the greatest existing Spanish language literature award for an author’s lifetime works. She is only the fourth woman to receive the recognition.

This event is followed by a reception at the Mexican Consulate at 7:00 pm where Elena Poniatowska will present her book “Y dondequiera, la luz” (And Everywhere the Light) on the photography of Raul Rámirez “Kigra,” and the Inauguration of “Kigra’s” photographic exhibition at the Carlos Fuentes Gallery of the Mexican Consulate.

These events are free and open to the public.

This event is presented along with our co-sponsors:

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Michael Schiffer

October 23rd 2014

Michael Schiffer, screenwriter of movies such as Crimson Tide and The Peacemaker, will be screening his most renowned film, Colors. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing along with the Film and Media Studies Program at ASU are co-sponsoring the event. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is presented along with our co-sponsor:

  • The Film and Media Studies Program

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Margaret Atwood

November 5th 2014

In collaboration with the Global Institute of Sustainabilitythe Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, the Virginia Piper Center is excited to welcome multi-award-winning author Margaret Atwood to ASU! This event is free and open to the public as part of the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative.

Atwood Book Covers

This event is presented along with our co-sponsors:

  • The Global Institute of Sustainability
  • The Center for Science and the Imagination
  • The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives

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Past Distinguished Visiting Writers have included Amy Tan, David Quammen, Michael Ondaatje, and Michael Chabon, among many others.

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