The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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 small presses, publishers, literary organizations, educational institutions, local authors, and other members of the creative writing field. 

As an extension of the conference, the exhibitor fair creates a dynamic and lively environment for both the general public and conference attendees.  

The fair takes place on the East Lawn in the center of the conference, features various pop-up activities and programs, and is open to the public and free. 

To learn more about exhibitors, view the list below.

If you are interested in exhibiting with the conference, you can visit the exhibitor application page. 

To learn more about the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair, you can RSVP for the fair.

To learn more about the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, you can meet our faculty, view the schedule, or register for the conference.

Meet our 2019 Desert Nights Exhibitors

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.


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.


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.


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.


SAS Author Services is devoted to helping authors with the mundane tasks that typically authors hate doing. The tasks that are required to be successful in today's literary market but take away from writing time and often stifle the creative process. Abby Moss Publishing is the publishing arm of SAS. We are the no contract publisher, where authors maintain ownership of their work, but have the support and guidance of an indie publishing company to help promote them.


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!

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.


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 University of Arizona Poetry Center
The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s mission is to advance a diverse and robust literary culture that serves a local-to-global spectrum of writers, readers, and new audiences for poetry and the literary arts. The Poetry Center fulfills its mission by maintaining one of the most extensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the nation; hosting 6 to 8 exhibitions per year to showcase its unique holdings and celebrate new work; hosting a Reading and Lecture Series that brings nationally recognized writers to Tucson; and more.

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.