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Monthly Events

Salons, Pop-Up Workshops and more

In addition to our visiting writer series and other events, the Piper Center organizes a number of monthly events around the Valley.

To learn more about each program, use the side menu or keep reading. 

You can also find author talks and readings or view all upcoming events

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Date: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
In this workshop we'll talk about the different ways we remember according to our senses and read poems from Shane McCrae, Danielle Pafunda, and Adrienne Su that play with memory as a sometimes problematic road to the truth. At the end of the workshop, participants will have new drafts for poems, ideas for future work, and tips for revision grounded in both memory and truth.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon
What is our relationship to the desert? What are the benefits of honoring the desert's abundance? What can we learn to reimagine the future? Join scholar, arts administrator, and Assistant Director of Desert Humanities Dr. Celina Osuna for a conversation on the beautiful abundance of the desert at this month's Get Lit!

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways that we can use meditation and mindfulness as tools in our writing practice to foster inspiration, flow, and a safe place within us for any challenging emotions that might arise.

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon
What is the promise and peril of artificial intelligence for the literary arts? Tools built on OpenAI's GPT-3 technology can generate convincing and semi-coherent original prose. How can writers use these tools to get themselves inspired or unstuck? What kinds of novelty and can we find using these tools? What does AI mean for the future of authorship and the future of the writing profession?

Date: Monday, June 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
Where controlling structures aim to tame, punish, and discipline, care listens. Rather than systems of control, we need systems of care. In this workshop, we’ll read poems by Rick Barot and Chen Chen to consider the forms that control and care take in our own lives.