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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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Shakespeare and Indigeneity
Natalie Diaz, Scott Stevens

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Talk

What place does Shakespeare have in Indigenous Studies? What role does indigeneity play in Shakespeare studies? Join the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for Shakespeare and Indigeneity, a discussion of Shakespeare's lasting influence on poetry, culture, and criticism with Natalie Diaz and Scott Stevens on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom. 

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19.

This Month: It's Alive. It's Alive! with Emily Zarka

What draws us to horror as a genre? Why do we like being scared? How do we produce ‘good’ horror? What function do monsters serve? And why do we seem to be fascinated by them? 

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Talk, Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher for a talk about the fundamentals of writing on Friday, October 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain time (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) on Zoom.

Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism
Nnedi Okorafor, Malik Toms

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom
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"."

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a monthly pop-up workshop every 4th Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

This month: Writing the Self with Fernanda Santos

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
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: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Reading, Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Burton Barr Central Library for a reading and talk with Carmen Maria Machado on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom

Machado will also be teaching a workshop, Stories That Stand Still. More details about the class will be announced soon.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Reading

The students of today are the authors of tomorrow. Come see the talented writers of ASU's undergraduate community before they get famous at our fourth annual ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase, Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Talk

"How Much of These Hills Is Gold" is an electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush. Two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape — trying not just to survive but to find a home.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

How do we disrupt the notion of writing as a solitary, anguished pursuit? How can writing and writing-adjacent work foster deeper connections, mutual nourishment, and community (re)formation? Join the members of the Cardboard House Press Cartonera Collective for a bilingual English-Spanish conversation on collaboration, community building, and cross-cultural literary work at this month's Get Lit!

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom

They've written the work. Now you get to read it. Come see what the amazing students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with our fourth annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase on Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom. 

Readers for the Piper Writers Studio Showcase will be announced in mid-November.