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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.

To learn more, see upcoming events or sign up for our mailing list.

All Upcoming Events

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Ceremony, Reception, Social, Talk
Celebrate the establishment of the inaugural Bill Konigsberg award from the Assembly on Literature for Adolsecents of the National Council of Teachers of English with Bill Konigsberg, Alberto Ríos, James Blasingame, and more on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Art for Justice
Nikky Finney

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is proud to present Nikky Finney, who will read from her work commissioned for the Poetry Center's Art for Justice grant.  After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Please note: while this event is open to the public and free, you must RSVP in order to attend. Seats may be available the day of the event. However, as seating is limited, we recommend reserving your seats in advance. Any unclaimed seats will be released to the public five minutes before the start of the reading. 


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Location: Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Community Event, Fair, Networking, Performance, Reading, Social, Talk

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair features small presses and publishers, authors, literary organizations, and other members of our larger community for two days of readings, talks, and other literary festivities. 

All events and activites are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend.


De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba & Puerto Rico
Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Nicole Sealey

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

The Borderlands Reading Series and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference present De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba and Puerto Rico with Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, and Nicole Sealey on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Carson Ballroom at Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) at 7:30 p.m.


Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Craft Talk, Q&A, Talk

One of the tragic consequences of being confined to a single body is that we will never know what other people experience when they meet us for the first time. We can’t know how someone will register the slight change in the atmosphere that our presence causes when we enter a room. We will never know what another person feels while keeping us company. Memoirist choose to make themselves, someone they can never objectively grasp or fully represent on the page, the primary subject of most of their writing.


Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is proud to present a poetry reading with Naomi Shihab Nye, After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Please note: while this event is open to the public and free, you must RSVP in order to attend. Seats may be available the day of the event. However, as seating is limited, we recommend reserving your seats in advance. Any unclaimed seats will be released to the public five minutes before the start of the reading.