The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Sponsors

It takes a village

A national literary conference is a monumental endeavor. While the Center is uniquely positioned to organize such a large program, we can't do it without support. 

We're deeply grateful to all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals who donate to the conference for their graciousness, generosity, and commitment to the literary arts. 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Your gift allows us to continue improving the lives of individual writers and giving back to the larger community. Together, we can make a lasting impact for the greater good.

To learn more about our sponsors, you can view the list below.

To become a sponsor, you can visit our sponsorship page

Meet our 2019 Desert Nights Sponsors

Logo for Atlasta Catering

With Steve and Kristine Short at the helm, Atlasta has evolved to become one of Arizona's premiere catering companies. We have remained family owned and operated since first opening our doors over 30 years ago. Through the years, we have created a mindful, customized dining experience that honors farm-to-table cuisine. 

Our award-winning chef, Steve Short, was motivated to reinvent the way the event industry operates and to execute events through the lens of sustainability all while maintaining the integrity of the special event business. 


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 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.


Logo for Kundiman

Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Logo for Letras Latinas

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), strives to enhance the visibility, appreciation and study of Latinx literature both on and off the campus of the University of Notre Dame—with an emphasis on programs that support newer voices, foster a sense of community among writers, and place Latinx writers in community spaces.

Logo for ASU College of Liberal Arts and Science

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we take our inspiration from the constantly evolving world to redefine a liberal arts and sciences education for the 21st century. We focus on creating students who are master learners, prepared to take on challenges and pioneer solutions to society’s most pressing issues.


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.


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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 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.


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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.