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Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon
How does colonization affect the creative process? What do we assume the reader knows? What do we explain? Who are we writing for? What is the white gaze? How do political, social, and cultural discourses around specific ethnicities, races, and groups shape the marketplace for literature? What are the tensions and complexities of identifying as a member of a group? How do we break down social constructions? How do we build new ones? Should we? How do we identify ourselves?

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Type: Reading

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Jake Skeets on first Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore (1738 E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006),

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.


Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am
Location: Phoenix Public Market, Open Air Market 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Community Event, Fair, Festival

There's more growing in the Valley than fruits and vegetables. Join the Phoenix Public Market and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University for the 2nd annual Meet Your Literary Community, Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market (721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).


Date: Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Reading, Talk

To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics.


Tracing the Horse and Eminent Domain
Diana Marie Delgado, Justin Petropoulos

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
Type: Reading

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Changing Hands Tempe (6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283)


Date: Friday, November 1, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, 2nd Floor, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Talk

Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephanie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable: his books defined horror for a generation of young readers— readers who have now come of age. As recognized by USA Today, R.L. Stine was the best-selling author in America for three years in a row (1993- 95). The Guinness Book of World Records cited him as the best-selling series author in history.


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: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: FilmBar, 812 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.