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Author talks, readings, community events, and more

Besides our annual creative writing conference and our classes and workshops, the Piper Center regularly presents author readings, talks, and other kinds of literary events around the Valley.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free.

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Creative Justice Youth Symposium
Aliento, RE:Frame Youth Arts Center, Kay Ulanday Barrett

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 12:30pm
Location: Online
Type: Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop

As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the first annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Tuesday through Thursday, June 14 - 16, 2020 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop

Get Lit: Liberation Aesthetics
Charlotte Ballard, Holum Press

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited conversations. Literary culture. Usually every first Thursday at Valley Bar; online during COVID-19. Get Lit.

This Month: Liberation Aesthetics with Charlotte Ballard and Holum Press

What would it look like to center liberation in our creative practice? How do we see through the mirages of capitalism? How can writing be used to untangle our environment and see systems more clearly? How can we redefine ourselves through reflection and community action? How do we mine our inner lives and resources in order to survive?

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 8:00am
Location: Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Community Event, Fair, Festival

Save the date! Meet Your Literary Community is Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market (721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Meet Your Literary Community is a mini-literary festival for writers, readers, family and friends. In addition to meeting local authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Valley, there will also be writing groups, book exchanges, and other creative writing activities.

Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism
Nnedi Okorafor, Malik Toms

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Armstrong Hall 101, 1100 South McAllister Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Discussion, Talk

"Africanfuturism is concerned with visions of the future, is interested in technology, leaves the earth, skews optimistic, is centered on and predominantly written by people of African descent (black people) and it is rooted first and foremost in Africa. It's less concerned with "what could have been" and more concerned with "what is and can/will be". It acknowledges, grapples with and carries "what has been"."