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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: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon
Join Michelle Malonzo, book buyer at Changing Hands, 2019 Kirkus Prize Judge for Fiction, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association board member and member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a conversation on the politics of publishing, diversity within the book industry and who gets to write the "other."

Date: Monday, December 30, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Where do poems come from? What compels them into being? Susan Sontag tells us, “a writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer.” Wilson discusses how poetry comes from refocusing perspective, even on what seems familiar or trite. Participants will be given examples from contemporary writers as models and will then use prompted methods of discovery to generate original imagery that re-envisions the familiar into something extraordinary.

Get Lit: Writing Trauma
Kelsey Pinckney

Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon
What are the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of writing trauma? How do these things change in writing about trauma experienced by others versus writing about our own trauma? What does trauma look like on the page--is there a definition of written trauma, or is it relative? Is there a use to writing and reading trauma? How do we present suffering with dignity and avoid exploitation? How can writing help us to heal?

Revolutionary Poetry
Fargo Tbakhi

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a pop-up workshop the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)


Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a pop-up workshop the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)