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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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Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Celebration, For Students, Performance

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for our third-annual ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. At this event, a number of undergraduate writers will be celebrating their work with their community. Work will be chosen by Piper Staff, and a final lineup will be made available by November 4th.


The Poetics of Borders, Race, and Capital
Wendy Trevino, Chris Nealon

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Type: Reading, Talk

"A border, like race, is a cruel fiction
Maintained by constant policing, violence
Always threatening a new map. It takes
Time, lots of people’s time, to organize
The world this way. & violence. It takes more
Violence. Violence no one can confuse for
Anything but violence."

—from "Brazilian Is Not a Race" by Wendy Trevino, courtesy of The Poetry Project

 


Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Workshop
Like its "longer" counterpart (flash memoir), micro-memoir is a form of creative nonfiction predicated on brevity and lyricality, the vacillation between autobiographical narrative and introspection. In this workshop, attendees will examine some micro-memoir, discuss its features, and begin to produce a piece of writing that maintains a narrative arc in 250 words or less!

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Workshop

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce a partnership with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran Military Academic Engagement to bring Veteran students and local Veterans a space to write together, workshop creative pieces, and share stories. This circle is Veteran led and Veteran focused. All skill levels and genres are welcome! Food provided!


Black Leopard Red Wolf Reading Group
Marlon James, Michael Bennett

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:00pm
Location: Lattie F. Coor Hall Room 4401, Arizona State University, 976 South Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Book Club, Conversation, Discussion

In anticipation of Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel, a talk and reading with award-winning author Marlon James on January 17, 2019, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) is hosting a reading group for James' latest novel, Black Leopard Red Wolf with ASU Professor Michael Bennett on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lattie F.


Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon
Join Michelle Malonzo, book buyer at Changing Hands, 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association board member and member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a conversation on the politics of publishing, diversity within the book industry and who gets to write the "other."

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Reading

Come see what the students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with our third annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe (1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003). 

Featuring poetry, short stories, personal essays, and more! 

Readers for this year's Piper Writers Studio Showcase will be announced in mid-November.


Date: Monday, December 30, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Where do poems come from? What compels them into being? Susan Sontag tells us, “a writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer.” Wilson discusses how poetry comes from refocusing perspective, even on what seems familiar or trite. Participants will be given examples from contemporary writers as models and will then use prompted methods of discovery to generate original imagery that re-envisions the familiar into something extraordinary.

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Crescent Ballroom, Lounge, 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Reading

Sean Avery. Andrew Hudson. Rogelio Juárez. Natalie Lima. Susan Nguyen. Gionni Ponce. Joel Salcido. Willow Sanders. Judith Starkston. Fargo Tbakhi. Ten incredible writers living in Arizona who are Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference fellows. Multiple genres. One reading.


Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel
Marlon James, Michael Bennett

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Discussion, Talk

As people of colour in the diaspora, we’re particularly interested in stories that go beyond slavery. I’m tired of that being seen as the furthest in the past we can go or that swords and sorcery aren’t available to us.

—Marlon James, from "You have to risk going too far," an interview with Alex Preston at The Guardian, February 17, 2019


Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Film Screening

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.


Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Fair, Festival

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is an afternoon of readings, panels, conversations and performances from authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.


Date: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Location: Recital Hall, 5th Floor, Music Building East, Arizona State University, 50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Discussion, Panel

There is much to be said about the relationship between composer Richard Strauss and his favorite librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the creators of Arizona Opera’s final production of the 19/20 season, Ariadne auf Naxos. Referencing Composers of the Nazi Era and A Working Friendship, Musicologist Sabine Feisst leads a compelling discussion on the numerous collaborations between the pair, despite surrounding conflicts during the rise of Nazi Germany. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.