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The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Talks and readings from some of today's strongest voices

Every year, the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series brings nationally and internationally recognized authors to the Phoenix metropolitan area for talks and readings, connecting local communities with the national scene.

Events take place throughout the Valley and are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about the series, you can select a visiting writer event from the list below. For more events, you can view all upcoming events

Upcoming Visiting Writers

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents Charles Simic with Sara Sams Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in Singer Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are required. This event is open to the public and free. 

Presented with the Phoenix Art Museum. Sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest, Superstition Review, and the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts.

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Location: Pulliam Auditorium, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Genre: Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Mixed Genre
Fantasy author and illustrator Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher) presents her talk "Re-telling Fairy Tales for Fun and Profit: An Authors Perspective"

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Genre: Essays, Hybrid, Poetry
Poet, essayist and scholar Dan Beachy-Quick reads from his latest collection, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions), along with new and other work.