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Come see what the students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with short readings of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more in our annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Featuring Michele Feeney, Howard Gershkowitz, Heather Lynn Horvat, Yvette Johnson, Tiffany Meuret, Saretta Morgan, Amy Silverman, Beverly Smith-Dawson, Jeanette Swain Nicholas, and Rashaad Thomas
For more information about classes and workshops, you can view upcoming classes.
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Debut novelist Howard Gershkowitz’s work has appeared in print and online, in such prestigious publications as Michigan State University’s quarterly The Offbeat, and the Arizona Consortium of the Art’s Blue Guitar. Most recently, “Window on the Square” took first place honors in the 2018 Tempe, Arizona, creative writing contest, judged by Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Department. An avid science fiction fan since childhood, he’s been inspired by the books of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Ray Bradbury. He’s studied at ASU’s Piper Creative Writing Center and as well as completing numerous workshops by such renowned authors as Stephen James and Robert Dugoni. He actively promotes diversity and racial equality in his community. For the past seven years, Howard has served as an organizer and docent for the Anne Frank national traveling exhibit, as well as the local Holocaust Education center, which features a World War II traveling rail car once employed in transport Jewish prisoners to concentration camps. Howard has served as an investment professional for the last thirty-four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, and lives in Chandler with his wife of 40 years, Lisa, who is his most ardent supporter.
Heather Lynn Horvat is a graduate of the Mountainview MFA and is working on a memoir about sexuality and self-abuse. Her work has appeared in The Blue Guitar Magazine, The Sunlight Press, and Every Day Fiction. "One-Way Ticket," a story about mental illness, was a finalist for the Spring Fiction Contest. Another fiction piece won first place in a short story contest. She regularly writes short stories and features for multiple magazines.
Yvette Johnson is an accomplished writer, filmmaker, speaker, and the Executive Director of the Booker Writer Project which facilitates workshops on unconscious bias. Her memoir, The Song and the Silence, was published in 2017. Of her book, the Library Journal wrote, “This rich complex family history will appeal to anyone desiring a greater understanding of the consequences of intolerance.” Johnson co-produced the documentary, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, which premiered at the internationally recognized Tribeca Film Festival. The film also won several industry awards including the 2013 International Cinema in Industry: Documentary Gold Award, the 2013 FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production, and the 34th Annual Telly Silver Award for Social Issues.
Tiffany Meuret is a writer, mother, and OCD sufferer from Phoenix, Arizona. Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Shoreline of Infinity, MoonPark Review, Collective Unrest, Martian, and others. Find her online at www.TiffanyMeuret.com or Twitter @TMeuretBooks. Good talking points are strong coffee and small dogs.
Saretta Morgan is a writer and artist who uses text and objects to consider relationships between privacy and narrative forms. She is the author of the chapbooks, Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017) as well as a forthcoming full length collection Plan Upon Arrival (Selva Oscura/Three Count Pour). She was a 2016-2017 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident and has created interactive text based projects for art institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Dia Beacon. Her work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, among others. Saretta received a B.A. in writing from Columbia University and an MFA from Pratt Institute. She teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
Amy Silverman is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher. Her work’s appeared on This American Life and in The New York Times, Washington Post, Lenny Letter, Motherwell, and Brain, Child. Amy worked for 25 years as a staff writer and editor at Phoenix New Times. Amy's first book, My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love and Down Syndrome, was published by Woodbine House in 2016. She's the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies at Valley Bar in downtown Phoenix, and a commentator for KJZZ. Amy co-teaches the long-running Mothers Who Write workshop at Changing Hands Bookstore. She’s also taught at ASU’s Cronkite School. Amy lives in Tempe with her husband and daughters.
Beverly Smith-Dawson writes stage plays, screenplays, and short stories. She has had stage plays produced in San Francisco, New York City (including off-Broadway), Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Minneapolis. Additionally, her screenplays have been finalists and semi-finalists at the Cinequest Film Festival, the Sundance Lab, The AFI Women in Directing Program, The Moondance Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Her short story “Chosen” won in the Writers Digest Magazine’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the 2008 Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Smith-Dawson has an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, and a Certificate in Screenwriting through UCLA Extension. She has been a Lecturer at Arizona State University, and currently teaches for the Maricopa County Community College District.
Jeanette Swain Nicholas is a retired social worker from the Detroit Police Department. In Detroit she won several awards as a playwright and director. She completed MFA classes in Theatre at Wayne State University. Nicholas lived in Ontario, Canada for 20 years teaching social work before relocating to Arizona. Nicholas began writing poetry at age 65 and began winning contests at age 70. She published her first collection of poems, Separate Birds, Fruit Strange as Blackberry in 2017. She was a featured reader at Changing Hands Bookstore in February of this year. Nicholas is completing her second collection of poems about historic Black female entertainers experiencing life issues which continue to be universal concerns to women today.
Rashaad Thomas is a USAF Veteran, essayist, poet, and Voices of Our Nation’s Art Foundation (VONA/Voices) alum, who resides in South Phoenix, AZ. He is an Associate Editor for Hayden Ferry Review.He is also a contributor for the University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog and MyClickUrban.com. Thomas is the recipient of the 2016 City of Phoenix Mayor’s Art Award for Language Artist. He is a Spring 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow and 2017 Hellen Ingram Plummer MacDowell Colony Fellow of the Year. His work can be found in the book Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong, The Rumpus, Heart Journal Online, Columbia Poetry Review, and others.