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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: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Workshop

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce a partnership with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran Military Academic Engagement to bring Veteran students and local Veterans a space to write together, workshop creative pieces, and share stories. This circle is Veteran led and Veteran focused. All skill levels and genres are welcome! Food provided!

From Page to Stage: Fellow Travelers
Arizona Opera, Gregory Spears, Greg Pierce, Kevin Newbury, Thomas Mallon

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Marston Exploration Theater, Arizona State University, 781 E Terrace Rd, Tempe, AZ 85287
Type: Discussion, Q&A

In an event with ASU’s Center for Jewish Studies, School of Music, and Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the composer, librettist, and director of Fellow Travelers, along with the author of the book in which it’s based, will sit down to discuss the process of generating an impactful story, translating it to an opera score, and bringing it to life on stage. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.


Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon

Spirited conversation. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This month: Environment, inspiration, and influence with Walonda Williams

What pushes our writing to the next level? How does our artistic consumption affect our production? How can we create and maintain rich and fertile creative environments? How can we provide ourselves with the tools or opportunities we need?

Iron City Magazine Issue 4 Launch
Iron City Magazine, Ken Lamberton, Lindsey Saya

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk

At this moment, the United States of America is holding over 2 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, juvenile correctional facilities, and other forms of detention—with disproportionate representation of African-Americans, Hispanics, and other groups—at a rate higher than any other country in the world. That's 2 million people—2 million specific, actual people; with families, with friends—who are still a part of our society, with over 95% returning at some point to our communities.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 812 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Film Screening

FilmBar and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University are proud to present the Phoenix premiere of Motionpoems Season 9, a series of 16 short films based on poems on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at FilmBar (812 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). 

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Celebration, For Students, Performance

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for our third-annual ASU Undergraduate Writers Showcase, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. At this event, a number of undergraduate writers will be celebrating their work with their community. Work will be chosen by Piper Staff, and a final lineup will be made available by November 4th.

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). 

Featuring poetry, short stories, personal essays, and more! 

Readers for this year's Piper Writers Studio Showcase will be announced in mid-November.

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.

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, 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.