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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.

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Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 6:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House
Type: Author Event, Discussion, Panel, Q&A

The Piper Distinguished Visiting Writer Series returns with a conversation between poet and ASU MFA professor emeritus Cynthia Hogue, and the poet and scholar Wendy Barker. Listen in as these two writer friends discuss process, connecting with the Earth, moving with the times, and the endless reinvention of the writer self. Moderated by Piper Center staffer, Sheila Black. We hope you will join us for this celebration of literary community and a memorable reading and discussion between two noted poet-scholars.


Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 - 6:30pm
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ
Type: Author Event, Conversation, Discussion, Meet and Greet, Panel, Q&A, Talk

Pulitzer-prize-winning author of Less and Less is Lost, Andrew Sean Greer joins NYT bestselling novelist Amanda Eyre Ward of The Jetsetters and The Lifeguards for an up-close-and-personal conversation as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brought to you by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Changing Hands Bookstore.  Moderated by Piper Center staffer, Joy Young the two will discuss their creative journeys since becoming fast friends in graduate school, what it takes to build a writing life, and where the novel is going.


Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 6:30pm
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ
Type: Author Event, Community Event, Conversation, Meet and Greet, Panel, Q&A

Join Tommy Orange, author of NY Times bestseller, There There and Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red and the long-awaited The Lost Journals of Sacajewea as the two read from their work, discuss Native fictions, and consider what stories need to be heard and told. Moderated by April Ignacio of the Rez Book Club.  A partnership between the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Changing Hands Bookstore. Don’t miss this urgent and necessary “Writers in Conversation.” May 25, 2023, at 6:30 pm.