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Meet Your Community
Saturday, October 6, 2018 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
Open Air Market, Phoenix Public Market, 14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

About this Event

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has teamed up with the Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market to present a morning of literary activities, presentations, and programs on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market (14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

In addition to talks, panels, and presentations, there will also be book exchanges, writing groups, and giveaways.

Featured organizations include the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Cardboard House Press, Hayden's Ferry Review, Lux Undergraduate Review, Normal Noise, PC Rising, Superstition Review, and Wasted Ink Zine Distro. Local authors and other organizations will be present as well. 

To learn more about the day's activities and meet local authors and literary organizations, view the tabs below.

If you're interested in participating, you can read the guidelines below and submit an application.

Meet Your Community

More information about local authors and organizations is coming soon.

Activities and Programs

More information about activities and programs is coming soon.

Participate in Meet Your Community

As part of the event, space will be provided for local authors, small presses, or other organizations related to literature and creative writing to engage with the community. 

To apply for this event, read the guidelines below and submit an application.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, September 1, 2018.

Submit an Application


Any individual representing themselves as an author or a literary organization or business are encouraged to apply. Authors should have copies of a book, chapbook, or some other kind of printed publication or material available for distribution or sale. Books do not need to be published with a traditional publisher: self-published books, hand-made editions, zines, or similar products are welcome. Preference will be given to authors with some sort of printed material available for distribution or sale. 

Engagement and Activities

Beyond engaging with community members, participants are welcome to distribute information about themselves or their organization, as well as selling any books or other literary products or services. 10% of all sales will be donated to the Phoenix Public Market. Participants are responsible for providing their own change and point of sale systems, ensuring compliance with city and state tax laws, and all other aspects of conducting sales.

Participants are also encouraged to offer some sort of dynamic, interactive activity or other form of engagement for writers, readers, and the general public, with a particular emphasis on activities for youth. Preference will be given to applications including an activity.

Authors will also have the opportunity to participate in a community reading and showcase from 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Equipment and Space

Participants will share space with up to 2 other individuals and organizations. The Public Market will provide a 6' table, 1 chair, and canopies. Participants are encouraged to bring any linens, decorations, or other displays for their table. Electricity will not be available. As temperatures can still be somewhat high in early October, please bring water and dress appropriately. 

Application Process and Important Dates

Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, given the limited number of spots available, selections may be made on the basis of diversity and representing the larger literary community. There is no cost to apply; space is free.

Applications are simple, and consist primarily of contact information and brief descriptions. The deadline for applications is Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM (Phoenix Time). Participants will be notified by Monday, September 17, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or

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