Our work in the Community

Teaching artists, writing circles, and community partnerships

Communities are built from stories

Teaching artists, writing circles, and other outreach programs strengthen the tethers of local communities by connecting them with the tools and resources they need

Veteran focused. Veteran led.

Veterans Writing Circle

Arizona State University is home to over 7,000 veterans. With this in mind, we've teamed up with Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement to create a Veterans Writing Circle every 4th Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

The Veterans Writing Circle is a space for veterans to share their stories, exchange feedback, and build a community of support. All skill levels and genres are welcome. This circle is Veteran led and Veteran focused. If you are not a Veteran or related to a Veteran we ask that you kindly refrain from attending. 

Creative writing in the classroom

Dunbar Elementary School

In 2016, Piper Center Director Alberto Ríos worked with students from Dunbar Elementary School to produce artistic, literary, and musical responses to the places they lived as part of a $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment from the Arts with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

When the grant came to a close, the Piper Center decided to continue the work, providing creative writing education to Dunbar students through poetry, letter writing, found text, and more. 

To learn more about the Dunbar Elementary School program, you can download a book of students' work or read an article about Story Days from ASU Now. 

Read student work