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Distinguished Visiting Writers series: Cynthia Hogue and Wendy Barker with

Date(s): February 16 @ 6:30pm
Piper Writers House
Author Event, Discussion, Panel, Q&A
Genre and Form(s): Women's Studies
Cost: FREE

About this Event

The Piper Distinguished Visiting Writer Series returns with a conversation between poet and ASU MFA professor emeritus Cynthia Hogue, and the poet and scholar Wendy Barker. Listen in as these two writer friends discuss process, connecting with the Earth, moving with the times, and the endless reinvention of the writer self. Moderated by Piper Center staffer, Sheila Black. We hope you will join us for this celebration of literary community and a memorable reading and discussion between two noted poet-scholars.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Authors

Cynthia Hogue is a poet whose most recent collections are Revenance, listed as one of the 2014 “Standout” books by the Academy of American Poets, and In June the Labyrinth (2017). Her tenth collection, instead, it is dark, will be out from Red Hen Press in April of 2023. Her third book-length translation (with Sylvain Gallais) is Nicole Brossard’s Distantly (Omnidawn 2022). Her Covid chapbook is entitled Contain (Tram Editions 2022). Among her honors are a Fulbright Fellowship to Iceland, two NEA Fellowships, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets (2013). She served as Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day for September (2022), sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Hogue was the inaugural Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University. She lives in Tucson.

Wendy Barker’s seventh collection of poetry, Glass, appeared from St. Julian Press in 2020. Her sixth collection, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry (BkMk Press, 2015). Her fifth chapbook is Shimmer (Glass Lyre Press, 2019). An anthology of poems about the 1960s, Far Out: Poems of the '60s, co-edited with Dave Parsons, was released by Wings Press in 2016. Other books include a selection of translations, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (co-translated with Saranindranath Tagore, Braziller, 2001) and Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987). Barker was a co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996). Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships among other awards, she is the Pearl LeWinn Endowed Chair and Poet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982.

About the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

This event is presented as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. To find more author talks and readings, visit our website at

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