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Socials, readings, film screenings, and more

Beyond our Visiting Writer series, the Piper Center also organizes a number of other literary events and programs around the Valley, including socials, local readings, film screenings, and more. 

To find other upcoming events, you can select an event from the list below. You can also view the Visiting Writer series or 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: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 4:30pm
Location: Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Reading

Come see what the students and faculty of the Piper Writers Studio have been up to with our third annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe (1020 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003). 


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?

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Crescent Ballroom, Lounge, 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Reading

Sean Avery. Andrew Hudson. Rogelio Juárez. Natalie Lima. Susan Nguyen. Gionni Ponce. Joel Salcido. Willow Sanders. Judith Starkston. Fargo Tbakhi. Ten incredible writers living in Arizona who are Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference fellows. Multiple genres. One reading.


Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Film Screening

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.


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: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: Front Lawn, Old Main, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Fair, Festival

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is an afternoon of readings, panels, conversations and performances from authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m.


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)


Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Film Screening

Journey into the mind and soul of Native America’s most celebrated author of poetry and prose with N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear, a feature-length documentary exploring the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author Navarro Scott Momaday on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at FilmBar (815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)


Date: Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:30pm
Location: Recital Hall, 5th Floor, Music Building East, Arizona State University, 50 Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Discussion, Panel

There is much to be said about the relationship between composer Richard Strauss and his favorite librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the creators of Arizona Opera’s final production of the 19/20 season, Ariadne auf Naxos. Referencing Composers of the Nazi Era and A Working Friendship, Musicologist Sabine Feisst leads a compelling discussion on the numerous collaborations between the pair, despite surrounding conflicts during the rise of Nazi Germany. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.