The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Picture of Old Main with large yellow moon, blue rays, and sunset sky

Original photograph of Old Main by Deanna Dent / ASU Now. Other original photographs by NASA.

Conference Exhibitors

Celebrating our larger literary community

In addition to regular conference sessions and advanced workshops, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference hosts a literary fair featuring authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the country presenting talks, readings, and other performance and activities. 

Exhibitors for the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference will be announced in Fall of 2019. 

In the meantime you can meet past exhibitors, view the fair schedule, or learn more about the conference.

Interested in exhibiting? Learn more about becoming an exhibitor today! 

Meet Past Conference Exhibitors

Logo for Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University

Established in 1988 , Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University is a selective four-year residential college offering special honors courses, study abroad, research opportunities, and merit scholarships to academically outstanding undergraduates at all four ASU campuses. In 2015, The New York Times called Barrett “the gold standard” among honors colleges in the nation.


Logo for Book of Kell's Press

Books of Kell’s Press is an independent fine press publisher founded by artist and poet Kelly M. Houle. We promote poetry and literature through the creation of handmade books. Titles include miniature books, such as the award-winning “Poem of the Gifts” by Jorge Luis Borges, “Love is Enough,” a hand-bound facsimile of the full play written by William Morris with the original illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones.


Logo for Cardboard House Press

Cardboard House Press is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to the creation of spaces and media for cultural, artistic, and literary development through the publication and circulation of writing, art, and contemporary thought from Latin America and Spain and through bilingual events, community projects and workshops. Our work serves as a platform to exchange ideas and highlight meanings that stimulate diverse human connections and social actions. 


Photograph of Howard Gershkowitz

Debut novelist Howard Gershkowitz’s work has appeared in print and online, in such prestigious publications as Michigan State University’s quarterly The Offbeat, and the Arizona Consortium of the Art’s Blue Guitar. Most recently, “Window on the Square” took first place honors in the 2018 Tempe, Arizona, creative writing contest, judged by Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Department.


Logo for ASU Global Sport Institute

The Global Sport Institute is where diverse disciplines come together to thoughtfully examine critical issues impacting sport. We bridge the gap between academic research and real-life implications by translating our findings into meaningful information that is easily understood, and we actively share that knowledge with the audiences who need it.


Photograph of Kay Hartford

Kay Hartford writes literary and speculative fiction and mysteries. Her first byline was ‟The Puzzle Cube,” published in 1982 in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Department of First Stories. That short story turned out to be a springboard for nonfiction assignments in local magazines and newspapers, which in turn took her to a staff job at a business journal chain and a two-decade newspaper career. Her first novel was published in 1998. After two decades as an editor and writer for regional newspapers, she turned back to writing fiction.


Historic Photograph of Hayden's Ferry

Founded in 1986, Hayden's Ferry Review is internationally recognized as one of the leading literary journals in the field. Pieces have been featured in prestigious collections like Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Previous contributors include George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Rita Dove, Joseph Heller, Peggy Shumaker, Raymond Carver, John Updike, TC Boyle, Lydia Davis, and more. 


Logo for Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is a private non-profit, 501 (c) (3). Founded in 1929 the museum has emphasized the study, presentation, and public programs centered around American Indian art and culture.


Logo for Holum Press

Holum Press is a publishing collective based in Phoenix, AZ. We produce Oasis, a journal of anticapitalism in the desert. Oasis blends the personal with the critical, and its contributors grapple with anticapitalist themes through essay, prose, poetry, and art. We are interested in publishing more voices calling from the desert. If you have a project in mind, please drop us a line ateditors@holumpress.com.


Logo for Hoot n Waddle
Hoot n Waddle is a publishing and digital audio company run by a hoot and a waddle, or Jared Duran and Janell Hughes. Started in 2016, HnW began as a platform for Phoenix, AZ-based arts and culture podcasts (a co-op of sorts).

Logo of Institute of American Indian Arts
For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing, now entering its sixth year, and its successful BFA in Creative Writing, IAIA is continuing its legacy of graduating successful writers who contribute to the body of Native American and world literatures.

Logo for Iron City Magazine
Iron City Magazine is an online and print journal devoted entirely to writing and art from the prison world. It is our hope that through this creative platform, incarcerated artists and writers find value in their stories, fuel for personal growth, and pride in their accomplishments. Prisoners are, first and foremost, people. They own stories worthy of telling and sharing.

Logo for The Literary Review
The Literary Review (TLR) publishes the best new fiction, poetry, and prose from a broad community of international writers and translators, both emerging and established, whose commonality is literary quality and urgency of voice and artistic conviction. It is this genuine community of readers, writers, and publishers that distinguishes us.

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Lux

Lux Undergraduate Creative Review encourages the emerging talent of all undergraduate students by providing a creative outlet for their literary and artistic work. The review is produced with the help of Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. Lux accepts poetry, fiction, visual art, song lyrics, screenplays, creative non-fiction, music, film, and other modes of expression beyond the bounds of traditional genres. We value originality, individuality, artistry, diversity, and passion.


Logo for Normal Noise

Normal Noise is a semesterly magazine supported by Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Each issue provokes conversation about the complexities of everyday life through essays, creative nonfiction, journalism, poetry, photography and art. Our print publication seeks to examine the role that the arts and humanities play in shaping cultural, social, and political life in Arizona and especially in the ASU community. We hope to cultivate a space of resistance against the shrinkage of intellectual life and critical perspectives within the university.


Logo for Office of Veteran and Military Academic Engagement at ASU

The Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement serves the Arizona State University community by promoting dialogue, teaching, and research that increases information, understanding, knowledge, and relationships among military, civilian, and academic cultures.


Logo for Palabras: flowering prickly pear cactus coming out of open book

Palabras is Arizona's only bilingual bookstore with a carefully curated selection of titles in Spanish and English that hosts a variety of community events and workshops focused on cultural representation and diversity.


Picture of a Trapezoid

Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for nearly 60 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. In addition to an annual calendar of special exhibitions, Phoenix Art Museum’s permanent-collection galleries are drawn from more than 19,000 objects of modern and contemporary art, fashion design, and photography, as well as American, Asian, Latin American, and European art.


Logo for Read Better Be Better
Read Better Be Better is a non-profit, after-school reading comprehension program that focuses on solving Arizona's literacy crisis. Read Better Be Better is a program targeted towards breaking the cycles of poverty and social injustice through our curriculum of good reading and good thinking skills.

Logo for Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature. 


Logo for rinky dink press

rinky dink press – a Phoenix-based publisher of micropoetry in microzine form – is on a mission to get finely crafted poetry back in the hands of the people. Each of our single-author collections can fit in your pocket, but we never sacrifice craft, and despite the tiny format, we refuse to sacrifice style.


Picture of Hayley Rose
Hayley Rose is a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, dedicated to bringing fun, educational and inspiring books to children. Hayley has been entertaining and educating children across the country since 2002.

Picture of Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Exhibitor Jennifer Spiegel Bell
Jennifer Spiegel is a writer and professor. She is half of Snotty Literati, a book-reviewing gig, with Lara Smith. Love Slave is a NY novel full of acerbic and witty cultural critique and Gen X woe. The Freak Chronicles is a story collection with stories set in the U.S., South Africa, Cuba, China, and Russia. And So We Die, Having First Slept, a second novel, follows an unorthodox marriage involving Sappho, brain injury, and addiction. Currently, Spiegel is working on a memoir, Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer, or Cancer, I'll Give You One Year: How To Get Your Ba-Da-Bing Boobies On The House!

Photograph of Susan Stolz

Susan Stoltz has had many writing opportunities throughout her varied career including journalism, editing, autobiography, short story, newsletter and magazine publishing, and children's books. Her experience in front of classrooms is extensive, with nationwide tours presenting to over 15,000 K-4th grade students.


Logo for Superstition Review

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University. Founded by Patricia Colleen Murphy in 2008, the mission of the journal is to promote contemporary art and literature by providing a free, easy-to-navigate, high quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. We publish two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry.


Tahoma Literary Review is an independent literary journal. We publish three issues of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry a year. We pay contributors and support staff, with feedback services available to prose submitters. Issues are available in hard copy and electronically.


Logo for the University of Texas at El Paso

The only one of its kind in the U.S., the MFA at The University of Texas at El Paso offers a fully bilingual (Spanish and English) course of study in fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, literary translation and non-fiction. We understand bilingualism not as the requirement that our students speak Spanish and English but rather as the coexistence of both languages in the classroom. Students from Latin America, Spain, and the USA come to our department to develop as writers under the guidance of an award-winning faculty.


Picture of a jackalope

Tolsun Books, LLC is a small press based out of Tolleson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Tolsun Books believes in the cosmic power of strong relationships with authors, artists, partners, and the community. They make daring, energetic books that use separate parts to construct a whole: poetry, short stories, comics poetry, hybrids, photo stories, flash memoir. At Tolsun, the importance of aesthetic and design is paramount: A Tolsun Book will look beautiful on a bookshelf, coffee table, or nightstand. Go ahead, judge our books by their covers!


Logo for Wasted Ink Zine Distro

Wasted Ink Zine Distro (WIZD) is a small-press distribution center, storefront, and library located at The Hive that houses local and international zines. WIZD represents over 250 artists and provides a hub for creativity and community impact. WIZD contains an on-site zine library with over 700 titles to read through to gain inspiration and understanding. WIZD hosts and supports over 50 zine and literary events each year ranging from zine workshops to the Phoenix Zine Fest.


Cover of Write On, Downtown

Founded in 2007, Write On, Downtown (WOD) is the journal of student and community writing produced on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus (DPC). For years, the journal’s mission was simply to showcase the creative and investigative work of students on the DPC.