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Since our establishment in 2003, the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series has presented over 120 authors in the metropolitan Phoenix area, including Margaret Atwood, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Michael Chabon, Sandra Cisneros, Billy Collins, Eduardo C. Corral, Stephen Dobyns, E.L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, Forrest Gander, Rigoberto Gonzáles, Amitav Ghosh, Joy Harjo, bell hooks, Ilya Kaminsky, Hirano Keiichiro, Kevin McIlvoy, Aime Nezhukumatathil, Michael Ondaatje, Sonia Sanchez, Jim Shepard, Charles Simic, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maggie Smith, Zadie Smith, Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, Pamela Uschuk, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, C. D. Wright, and Lidia Yuknavitch (just to name a few).

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Crescent Ballroom, 302 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
June 4, 2018

Valley Bar, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
April 30, 2018

Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
March 16, 2018

Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
March 2, 2018

Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
February 2, 2018

Barrett Honors College, 751 East Lemon Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
January 27, 2018

Pima Auditorium, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281
January 23, 2018

Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
January 19, 2018

The Newton, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
December 17, 2017

Beus Center for Law and Society Rm. 140, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
December 2, 2017

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
December 1, 2017

Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
November 16, 2017

Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
November 13, 2017

Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
November 9, 2017

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
November 3, 2017

Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
October 13, 2017

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
September 20, 2017

Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
April 20, 2017

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
April 7, 2017

Orpheum Theater, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
April 4, 2017

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