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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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06/22/2019
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

06/20/2019
Ofelia Zepeda
Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

06/01/2019
Mesa Convention Center, Building C, 201 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201

05/17/2019
Todd Mitchell
Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

05/09/2019
Bojan Louis
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

05/09/2019
Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom (MU 221), Arizona State University, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

05/05/2019
Abdi Nor Iftin
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

05/01/2019
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

04/26/2019
Yi Shun Lai
Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

04/25/2019
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

04/22/2019
Matt Bell, Just Write
Graham 226, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

04/18/2019
Omar El Akkad
Ventana Ballroom, Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

04/17/2019
Naomi Shihab Nye
Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

04/13/2019
Wickenburg Public Library, 164 East Apache Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

04/12/2019
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

04/10/2019
Cherríe Moraga
Cochise Room, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

03/21/2019
Gregory Pardlo
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

03/14/2019
Iliana Rocha, Vedran Husić
Mojave Room (MU 236), Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

03/14/2019
Michelle Memran
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

02/23/2019
Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Nicole Sealey
Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Cardboard House Press
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Office for Veteran and Military Engagement
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
rinky dink press
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Jennifer Spiegel
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Books of Kell's Press
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Iron City Magazine, University of Arizona Poetry Center
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Institute of American Indian Arts
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Lux, Barrett, the Honors College
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/23/2019
Superstition Review, Tahoma Literary Review
Farnsworth Terrace, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Tolsun Books
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Kay Hartford
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Mike Conklin
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Howard Gershkowitz
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
María Luisa Arroyo
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
The Literary Review
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Susan Stoltz, Hayley Rose
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Douglas Manuel, Red Hen Press
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Kate Gale, Red Hen Press
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/22/2019
Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/13/2019
Iliana Rocha, Vedran Husić
The Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/12/2019
Natalie Diaz
Carson Ballroom, Old Main, ASU Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

02/06/2019
Nikky Finney
Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

01/22/2019
Bill Konigsberg
Carson Ballroom, Old Main, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

12/13/2018
Phoenix Public Market, 14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

12/09/2018
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

12/01/2018
Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301

11/15/2018
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

11/13/2018
Dorothy Chan, Dana Diehl
Pima Auditorium, Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

11/13/2018
Dorothy Chan, Dana Diehl
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

11/11/2018
Sally Ball, Jan Vičar
Library, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

11/03/2018
Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

11/03/2018
Gretel Ehrlich
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

11/02/2018
Francisco Cantú
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

10/26/2018
Dan Beachy Quick
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

10/19/2018
Elizabyth Hiscox
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

10/14/2018
Tempe Public Library, Meeting Room A, 3500 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

10/12/2018
Ursula Vernon
Pulliam Auditorium, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

10/06/2018
Open Air Market, Phoenix Public Market, 14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

10/03/2018
Charles Simic, Sara Sams
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

09/20/2018
FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

09/07/2018
Carolina Ebeid
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

09/05/2018
Morgan Parker, Tommy Pico
Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

08/25/2018
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

06/04/2018
Cody Wilson, Jennifer Battisti, Elizabeth Meadows, Jesse Sensibar
Crescent Ballroom, 302 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

04/30/2018
Diana Arterian, Douglas Manuel
Valley Bar, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

03/16/2018
Elena Passarello
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

03/02/2018
Lidia Yuknavitch
Whiteman Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

02/02/2018
Khaled Mattawa
Singer Hall, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

01/27/2018
Barrett Honors College, 751 East Lemon Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

01/23/2018
Sandra Cisneros, Eduardo C Corral
Pima Auditorium, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281

01/19/2018
Maggie Smith
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

12/17/2017
The Newton, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

12/02/2017
Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz
Beus Center for Law and Society Rm. 140, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

12/01/2017
Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

11/16/2017
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

11/13/2017
Sheila McMullin
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

11/09/2017
Eric Gansworth
Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

11/03/2017
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

10/13/2017
Amelia Gray
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281

09/20/2017
Kim Stanley Robinson
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

04/20/2017
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

04/07/2017
Camille Rankine, Ocean Vuong
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

04/04/2017
Margot Lee Shetterly
Orpheum Theater, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

03/21/2017
Amitav Ghosh
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

03/14/2017
H Lee Barnes, Allegra Hyde
Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union, Arizona State University, 1290 S Normal Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287

03/03/2017
Forrest Gander
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004