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Celebrating creative writing in our local community

Throughout the year, the PIper Center organizes readings, talks, and other literary events. 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: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents Charles Simic with Sara Sams Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Singer Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required. This event is open to the public and free. 

Presented with the Phoenix Art Museum. Sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest, Superstition Review, and the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts.


Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Location: Open Air Market, Phoenix Public Market, 14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has teamed up with the Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market to present a morning of literary activities, presentations, and programs on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market (14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

In addition to talks, panels, and presentations, there will also be book exchanges, writing groups, and giveaways.


Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Location: Pulliam Auditorium, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Genre: Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Mixed Genre
Fantasy author and illustrator Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher) presents her talk "Re-telling Fairy Tales for Fun and Profit: An Authors Perspective"

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Genre: Essays, Hybrid, Poetry
Poet, essayist and scholar Dan Beachy-Quick reads from his latest collection, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions), along with new and other work.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Genre: Creative Nonfiction
Writer and translator Francisco Cantú presents his talk, "Psychogeography of the Borderlands" on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:30pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Author Gretel Ehrlich presents her talk, "Writing on Ice" on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Author Stephanie Elizondo Griest presents her talk, "Art Above Everything" on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
Location: Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301
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The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is partnering with local radio station and NPR affiliate KJZZ on their Holiday StoryFest & Author's Showcase, Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Glendale Civic Center (5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301) from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The event features storytellers, readings and talks from local authors, and activities for children. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with local authors and the Soundbite mobile recording studio. More information about talks and readings will be announced soon. 


Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Come see what the students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with short readings of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more in our annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Readers will be announced in mid-to late November.