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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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All Upcoming Events

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Location: Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Community Event, Fair, Networking, Performance, Reading, Social, Talk

Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair presents over 20 talks, readings, panels, and other literary performances from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest.


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 11:30am
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join the graduate students of Arizona State University's Creative Writing program for a mixed-genre reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Red Hen Press presents Kate Gale
Kate Gale, Red Hen Press

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Red Hen Press presents a reading from poet, editor and librettist Kate Gale at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. 


Red Hen Press presents Douglas Manuel
Douglas Manuel, Red Hen Press

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Red Hen Press presents a reading from poet Douglas Manuel on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 1:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join mentors and mentees from the Piper Center's Volta student programs for a mixed-genre reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Mentors and mentees are graduate and undergradute students in Arizona State University's Creative Writing Program. In addition reading, students will be on hand to share their experiences in the creative writing and mentoring programs. 


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 2:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Talk

So you've written your book. How do you navigate the everchanging flow of the publishing world? Join local authors Susan Stoltz and Hayley Rose for "Up the Amazon River Without a Paddle," a talk about selling your book on Amazon.com on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. In this talk, Stoltz and Rose will share tips, tricks, and basic knowledge they've learned working as independent authors and publishers, as well as practical advice and expectations for making the most out of online sales. 


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join editors and contributors from The Literary Review (TLR) for "The TLR Share Project," a mixed reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Published since 1957, The Literary Review (TLR) publishes the best new fiction, poetry, and prose from a broad community of international writers and translators, both emerging and established, whose commonality is literary quality and urgency of voice and artistic conviction. It is this genuine community of readers, writers, and publishers that distinguishes us.


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 3:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow María Luisa Arroya for a reading from Destierro Means More than Exile, a collection of poems in Spanish and English, on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.


The Operator
Howard Gershkowitz

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading, Talk

Local author Howard Gershkowitz shares The Operator, a novel of literary fiction with elements of science fiction and mystery, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019. In addition to readings, Gershkowitz will also discuss his creative and research processes. 

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Transfer U
Mike Conklin

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow Mike Conklin for a reading from Transfer U, a novel of fiction parodying college basketball and academia, on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 


Going Indie
Kay Hartford

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Talk

Independent publishing can be both terrifying and exhilarating. Join local author and publisher Kay Hartford for her talk, "Going Indie" on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Hartford will discuss the skills, mindset, and expectations one should have for producing a book and finding readers—editing, design, marketing, and more—and will also explore what it means to be a 'real' author. 


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

When you think of Las Vegas, your mind might not immediately land on poetry. However, the neon city brims with literary talent. Join authors from Tolsun Books and other presses for "Off Duty Elvis," a reading by Las Vegas poets on Friday, February 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Featuring Jennifer Battisti, Heather Lang Cassera, and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña.


Out of the Queue: Common Mistakes in the Submissions Process
Superstition Review, Tahoma Literary Review

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Panel

Every month, editors read hundreds of unsolicited submissions. Join editors from Superstition Review and Tahoma Literary Review for "Wading Through Slush," a panel on submitting work to literary journals, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Editors will detail common mistakes they see during the submissions process, as well as best practices for standing out and maintaining a solid submissions practice. Ample time will be allotted for open audience Q&A. Featuring Ann Beman, Yi Shun Lai, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Spencer Litman, Alyssa Lindsey, and Lian Ammerman.


Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join students and editors from Lux Undergraduate Creative Review for a mixed reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 11:30am
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Community Event, Reading

Join the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for a mixed-genre, open-mic style community reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Conference attendees who are interested in reading should prepare no more than five minutes of material. Sign-ups will open at 11:15 a.m. There are no advance sign-ups. You must be attending the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in order to sign up and read.


Rewriting the Literary Landscape: Five IAIA Writers
Institute of American Indian Arts

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 12:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for "Rewriting the Literary Landscape" a mixed-genre reading of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with five current and former students from the IAIA's MFA in Creative Writing program, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Featuring Jake Skeets, Lemanuel Loley, Joaquín Zihuatanejo, Carla Crujido, and Douglas Suano Bootes.


Reading between Lines, Writing behind Bars: Creative Writing & Incarceration
Iron City Magazine, University of Arizona Poetry Center

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Panel, Reading, Talk

Prisoners are people. But too often, their potential to make meaningful contributions to society is overshadowed by their crime, let alone the punitive institutions in which they exist. Join volunteer creative writing teachers from Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated, The University of Arizona Poetry Center, and other organizations for "Reading between Lines, Writing between Bars" a panel, reading, and conversation around creative writing and incarceration on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.


of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading
University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

President Trump has relentlessly attacked Latinx and immigrant communities working in the US. As a community-making practice, writing has become a way to connect and to express rage, but also to produce solace. Join the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing for "of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading," a bilingual reading of poetry and fiction that deal with living and writing in the US-Mexico Border on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Featuring current and former UTEP students Giancarlo Huapaya (Perú) and Sylvia A. Zéleny (México) .


Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading, Talk
Join artist, poet, and educator Kelly M. Houle as she shares A Dream: Selected Poems by Abramek Koplowicz, a limited-edition, illustrated book of poems by a child victim of the Holocaust, at 3:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 3:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

Join local author Jennifer Spiegel for a reading from And So We Die, Having First Slept, a novel of literary fiction about marriage and middle age in Generation X, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. 

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading, Talk

What do you call a collection of poems that’s bigger than a credit card and smaller than a postcard? Join rinky dink press for "Punk Rock Poetry: Publishing for the People," a reading and talk about micro-poetry and do-it-yourself publishing, on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.


Stories of Service: Creative Writing and the Military
Office for Veteran and Military Engagement

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Panel, Reading

Join the Office for Veteran and Military Engagement for "Stories of Service," a panel and mixed-genre reading of fiction, science fiction, poetry, journalism, and more from veteran writers on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. The panel will feature four veterans from different branches who served during different eras, bound by a life-long love of developing their craft to share their stories of service and society. Featuring:


Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 5:30pm
Location: Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Conversation, Performance, Reading, Talk

Join the Cartonera Collective of Cardboard House Press for bilingual readings, music, and dialogue in Spanish and English on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The Cartonera Collective is a team of book makers devoted to the production of bilingual book art from Latin American authors. Cartonera books are handmade in limited editions at community workshops all across the country. Readings will sample cartonera books recently published by Cardboard House Press:


De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba & Puerto Rico
Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Nicole Sealey

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

The Borderlands Reading Series and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference present De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba and Puerto Rico with Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, and Nicole Sealey on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Carson Ballroom at Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) at 7:30 p.m.


The Rest I Make Up
Michelle Memran

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Type: Film Screening

The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing are hosting a screening of Michelle Memran’s award-winning documentary feature debut, "The Rest I Make Up" at FilmBar in Phoenix March 14, 2019. Memran will be in attendance and give a talk at the screening. Tickets are free.

 


ASU MFA Alumni Reading
Iliana Rocha, Vedran Husić

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Mojave Room (MU 236), Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading

The Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University presents the Stellar Alumni Reading Series, a mixed-genre reading of poetry and prose with Iliana Rocha and Vedran Husić on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mojave Room (MU 236) at Memorial Union, ASU Tempe (301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281). A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Craft Talk, Q&A, Talk

One of the tragic consequences of being confined to a single body is that we will never know what other people experience when they meet us for the first time. We can’t know how someone will register the slight change in the atmosphere that our presence causes when we enter a room. We will never know what another person feels while keeping us company. Memoirist choose to make themselves, someone they can never objectively grasp or fully represent on the page, the primary subject of most of their writing.


Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is proud to present a poetry reading with Naomi Shihab Nye, After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Please note: while this event is open to the public and free, you must RSVP in order to attend. Seats may be available the day of the event. However, as seating is limited, we recommend reserving your seats in advance. Any unclaimed seats will be released to the public five minutes before the start of the reading. 


Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Ventana Ballroom, Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Author Event, Talk

Join award winning journalist and author Omar El Akkad for his talk, The Story of the American War, on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the ASU Memorial Union in the Ventana Ballroom (301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281) at 6:00 p.m. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.