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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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Revolutionary Poetry
Fargo Tbakhi

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
In her poem, “The Master’s House,” luminary poet Solmaz Sharif's writes the lines: "To eye the master's bone china / to pour diuretic in his coffee and think this / erosive to the state." While diuretic in the coffee might not erode the state, perhaps poetry might. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways that poetry can work against states and their violence; how we might mold our poetics into bricks.

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 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. If you are not a Veteran or related to a Veteran we ask that you kindly refrain from attending. All skill levels and genres are welcome! Food provided!


Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Salon

Spirited conversations. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This Month: Art and Activism with tanner menard

How can the arts be used to mobilize community? What does an authentically engaged, community-based arts practice actually look like? How do we design events and programs to create more meaningful connections and intentional conversation? How do we activate communities around calls to action and other social issues?


Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Reception, Social, Workshop

Getting into town early for the conference? Already live here? Looking for something literary to do before sessions begin? Kick-off this year’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference with an off-site social and writing groups on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)!


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 a celebration of creative writing and literary arts in the local community.


Beyond the Ripped Bodice: Romance Writing in the 21st Century
Romance Writers of America Phoenix, Andie J. Christopher, Cathy McDavid, Deloris Nash, Willow Sanders, Kris Tualla

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 12:30pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Panel, Reading, Talk
While romance of yesteryear may have conjured images of Fabio-like men with muscles and flowing hair, and breathless women suffocating in constricting bodices, the new millennia has heralded in a new age of romance. Discuss, love, romance, smooching, and more with the Romance Writers of America Phoenix!

Children's Storytime
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Arizona, Michael Hale

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:45pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading
Something for the whole family. Take a moment to sit down with the kids in an interactive storytime with local author and illustrator Michael Hale from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators!

Getting Published in Literary Journals
Superstition Review, Hayden's Ferry Review

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 2:15pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Panel

What do editors truly want to discover and publish? Learn the do’s and don’t’s of submitting to literary journals with editors from Superstition Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review, two nationally-recognized literary journals based at ASU.


Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 3:00pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Performance, Reading, Talk

"Sometimes I talk a lot. Sometimes I don't. It's nice to sit at the table, hands busy, and let the conversation in flipping and shifting language just wash over and around me. Hard to pinpoint how, exactly, this heals. But it does. [ . . . ] The politics seem clear. These books are being written or were written in the past. We should read them." (Ryan's Testimony, Cartonera Collective Member)


Pollentongue + Queer Poetry Salon
tanner menard, Jake Skeets, Elliot Winter

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 3:30pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Panel, Reading, Talk
Drawing from their experiences as writers, organizers, educators, and students working with queer and indigenous communities, Jake Skeets, tanner menard, and Elliot Winter will explore how they use their poetry to create opportunities for others, center diverse voices, uplift individuals, and build community.

Listen Here, Jackalope: A Tolsun Books Reading
Sarah Abigail Adleman, Angela M. Brommel, Michael Buckius, Sarah Sala

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 4:15pm
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Based in Airzona and Nevada, Tolsun Books is an independent, non-profit press publishing poetry, comics-poetry, short stories, hybrids, memoirs, photo stories, and other cool artistic book-type things. They're not fancy or formal. Their books look rad. See why they're putting the Southwest on the map with readings from Sarah Abigail Adleman, Angela M. Brommel, Michael Buckius, and Sarah Sala. 


City, State, Nation: Poets Laureate of the Southwest
Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Rosemarie Dombrowski, Sareya Taylor, Laura Tohe, TC Tolbert

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 5:30pm
Location: Old Main, Carson Ballroom, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading

Alice Walker once said “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” As the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writer’s Conference draws to a close we hope that our attendees have shifted the ways in which they think about their writing and the power of their words. Whether you are a poet,  a novelist, or are just beginning to choose a path, we want to send everyone off with a final celebration of writing as we hear from some of our most beloved poets laureates of the Southwest.  


Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
You might've heard people refer to some of your beloved stories as "plot-heavy" or even "plot-less," while you're over here wondering what in the world "plot" is even, and how to make your story have one (that works). In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways to think about plot in relation to your work.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Film Screening

Journey into the mind and soul of Native America’s most celebrated author of poetry and prose with N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear, a feature-length documentary exploring the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author Navarro Scott Momaday on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at FilmBar (815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)


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.