Upcoming Readings and Talks

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Location: Tempe Center for the Arts
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Elizabeth Kolbert has been a staff writer for The New Yorkersince 1999. She has written dozens of pieces for the magazine, including profiles of Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” appeared in The New Yorker in the spring of 2005 and won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine award. Also in 2006, she received the National Academy of Sciences Communication Award in the newspaper/magazine category and was awarded a Lannan Writing Fellowship.


Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to co-sponsor the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Phoenix, featuring poet, translator, and essayist Forrest Gander on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7 pm. This event is open to the public and free.

 


Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union, Arizona State University, 1290 S Normal Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287
Type: Reading

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is a proud co-sponsor of the MFA Alumni reading featuring Allegra Hyde and H. Lee Barnes on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Alumni Lounge in Memorial Union (Arizona State Univeristy, 1290 S Normal Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287).


War, Race and Empire
Amitav Ghosh

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Spanning multiple fields and methodologies, internationally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh will draw on his latest book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, to present a talk entitled War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85821) at 7:00 pm. A short Q&A and a book signing will follow the talk.


Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Orpheum Theater, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing as we present author Margot Lee Shetterly for a look behind her debut book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 in the Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater at the Orpheum Theater (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) at 7:00 pm.


Date: Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to co-sponsor the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Phoenix, featuring Camille Rankine and Ocean Vuong on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7 pm. This event is open to the public and free.

 


Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Reading
Pulitzer prize-winning author and Guggenheim fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his latest work, The Refugees, a collection of short stories serving as a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.

The Comedy of Coping
Kim Stanley Robinson

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Talk
The New York Times bestselling author of 2132, Aurora, Shaman and the Mars Trilogy explores the science and story in his latest novel, New York 2140, to argue against apocalyptic thinking in favor of technological ingenuity and dynamic social change.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading
The author of Gutshot, THREATS, AM/PM and Musuem of the Weird presents a reading from her latest novel, Isadora, chronicling the life of legendary dancer Isadora Duncan after the tragic death of her two children in 1913.

Indigenous Binaries
Eric Gansworth

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Talk
The author of If I Ever Get Out of Here, Extra Indians, and Mending Skins explores how he uses the dual mediums of visual art and storytelling to undercut indigenous stereotypes and portray the tension between traditional cultures and modern life.

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading
Literary legends Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Harjo discuss and celebrate their respective and collective impacts of their work over the year with host Natalie Diaz. Presented in by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and ArchiTEXTS: Conversations Across Languages.

Legacies: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo
Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:30pm
Location: Beus Center for Law and Society Rm. 140, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Three legends come together for the first time to discuss their paths through the American literary landscape. Hosted by Natalie Diaz.

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Reading
The author of "Good Bones," named the Official Poem of 2016 by Public Radio International, reads from her latest collection of poetry exploring the experience of motherhood in the present political moment.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Presentation, Talk

National bestselling author Lidia Yuknavitch presents her talk "Cli-Fi Bodies, Heart-Born Worlds" First Friday, March 2nd, 2018 in the Whiteman Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m.


Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
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Essayist Elena Passarello reads from her latest collection, Animals Strike Curious Poses, a contemporary bestiary.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location: Valley Bar, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Poets Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel read from their latest works--Playing Monster :: Seiche and Testify--on Monday, April 30, 2018 at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 6:30 p.m.

Book Release: Nobody is Ever Missing with Cody Wilson
Cody Wilson, Jennifer Battisti, Elizabeth Meadows, Jesse Sensibar

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location: Crescent Ballroom, 302 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Local poet Cody Wilson reads from his newly released chapbook, Nobody Is Ever Missing Monday, June 4, 2018 in the lounge at Crescent Ballroom (302 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003) with special guests Jesse Sensibar and Jennifer Battisti.

Readings begin at 6:45pm. Book signing and frivolity after. To pre-order, visit https://tolsunbooks.com/books/. 


Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents poets Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico. Please note that tickets are required. This event is open to the public and free.

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Poet Carolina Ebeid reads from her debut collection, You Ask Me To Talk About the Interior (Noemi Press), along with new and other work.

Charles Simic with Sara Sams
Charles Simic, Sara Sams

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading

The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents Charles Simic with Sara Sams Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Singer Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required. This event is open to the public and free. 

Presented with the Phoenix Art Museum. Sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest, Superstition Review, and the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts.


Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Location: Pulliam Auditorium, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Talk
Fantasy author and illustrator Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher) presents her talk "Re-telling Fairy Tales for Fun and Profit: An Authors Perspective"

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Poet, essayist and scholar Dan Beachy-Quick reads from his latest collection, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions), along with new and other work.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Talk
Writer and translator Francisco Cantú presents his talk, "Psychogeography of the Borderlands" on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

Writing on Ice
Gretel Ehrlich

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 1:30pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Talk
Author Gretel Ehrlich presents her talk, "Writing on Ice" on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

Art Above Everything
Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Talk
Author Stephanie Elizondo Griest presents her talk, "Art Above Everything" on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre (203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as part of NonfictioNOW.

HOLD: The Making of an Artist's Book
Sally Ball, Jan Vičar

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 1:00pm
Location: Library, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Talk

Join U.S. poet Sally Ball and Czech artist Jan Vičar for an exhibition of HOLD, a collaborative artist’s book exploring the effects of climate change in both micro- and macro-scopic ways, Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Library at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

In addition to an artist talk and readings from the text, guests will have the opportunity to interact directly with the completed book and purchase limited-edition prints. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
Location: Pima Auditorium, Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Performance, Reading

The Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University presents the semi-annual ASU MFA Stellar Alumni Reading Series featuring Dorothy Chan (2015, Poetry) and Dana Diehl (2015, Fiction).


Art for Justice
Nikky Finney

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 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 Nikky Finney, who will read from her work commissioned for the Poetry Center's Art for Justice grant.  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. 


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.


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.