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Poeming in Code, Singing to Our Beloveds with Danez Smith

Date(s): Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (view map)
Conversation, Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: $119 Regular, $89 Student

About the Class

This workshop seeks to explore the idea of audience while debunking the myths that our audience is either everyone or no one. We will hone in on what tools writers use to signal to their audiences that the poem is to/for them, how we add love, empathy, and intimacy into our writing, and how we can be more in use of our work as gathering grounds and private lines of communication.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will also be presenting an evening with Danez Smith on Thursday, Septemer 12, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library in the Pulliam Auditorium (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). To learn more about the reading, visit our website at

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Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Danez Smith by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award; they also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at