The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Photograph of Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellows with sky in background

From left: 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellows Sarah Rafael García, Halee Kirkwood, and Jabari Jawan Allen. Photographs by Kevin S Moul.

Conference Fellows

Access and opportunity for the writing community

Each year, the Piper Center offers a number of fellowships for individuals to present craft talks, workshops, and other conference sessions alongside nationally-recognized faculty.

Fellows are selected from an extremely competitive pool of writers, published authors, educators, and artists from all over North America. Each individual brings unique ideas, backgrounds, and areas of interest. The work, artistry, and teaching topics of these individuals adds to the dynamic and complex conversations and craft-building techniques spanning the creative writing world today.

Our 2020 fellows were Sean Avery, Anthony Cody, Lisa Crayton, Andrew Hudson, E. E. Hussey, Rogelio Juarez, Juhea Kim, Natalie Lima, Brian Lin, Susan Nguyen, Alejandro Nodarse, Bruce Owens Grimm, Gionni Ponce, Reyes Ramirez, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Joel Salcido, Willow Sanders, Judith Starkston, and Fargo Tbakhi.

Fellows for next year's conference will be announced soon. 

To meet past fellows, keep reading. You can also meet our faculty, view the schedule, or learn more about the conference.

Interested in presenting yourself? Learn more about becoming a fellow today!