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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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Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism
Nnedi Okorafor, Matt Bell

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
At this pivotal moment in history, it's more important than ever to be able to articulate those experiences: death, illness, despair, the end of a romance, our disillusions. In this workshop, we will engage in the difficult yet necessary exercise of digging within ourselves to find a story we haven't told, but believe needs to be told.

HFR 67: Haunted
Hayden's Ferry Review, Julia LoFaso, Aria Curtis, Kelsey Ward

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Reading

Hayden’s Ferry Review invites you to a Halloween reading promoting the next, and by far the spookiest, issue of HFR yet with Julia LoFaso, Aria Curtis, and Kelsey Ward on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Phoenix MST. Open to the public and free.

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!

A Good Map of All Things Release Party
Alberto Ríos, Anita Huizar-Hernández

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Reading, Talk

Please join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona Press, and Changing Hands Bookstore for a virtual reading and conversation with Arizona poet laureate Alberto Ríos as he debuts his first novel A Good Map of All Things, Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

The reading and conversation will be hosted by University of Arizona assistant professor is Borderlands Studies Anita Huizar-Hernandez. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10:30am
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Reading

Arizona State University hosts writer and artist Myriam Gurba in a virtual reading and conversation on Nov. 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Phoenix MST (9:30 a.m. PST / 11:30 a.m. CST / 12:30 p.m. EST).

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the School of Transborder Studies, the School of Social Transformation, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing – all units in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.


Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

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

This Month: How Much of These Hills is Gold with Karen Kuo

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.

ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase
Chris Clements, Carolina Quintero, Austin Davis, Dakota Lovins, Francisca Ribar, Kelsey Kerley

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, Thiursday, November 19, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom. Featuring Chris Clements, Austin Davis, Kelsey Kerley, Darkota Lovins, Francisca Ribar, and Carolina Quintero.


Stellar Alumni Reading Series
Caitlin Horrocks, W. Todd Kaneko

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Reading

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at ASU presents a virtual reading by two of its star graduates: fiction writer Caitlin Horrocks (MFA 2007) and poet W. Todd Kaneko (MFA 2006) on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. AZ/MST (6 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. CST / 9 p.m. EST). A link to attend will be provided after registration.

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: Monday, November 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
Fabulism is where literary fiction meets speculative fiction: where magic is ordinary, and dream logic is sometimes the only logic. In this workshop, we’ll read excerpts from writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Aimee Bender, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Megan Giddings to take our intangible anxieties or insecurities and imagine them as concrete objects.

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.

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Second person point of view is often seen as the awkward stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. In this workshop, we’ll examine works by Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Diaz, and Italo Calvino as jumping off points for free-writing and other structured exercises