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The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Author talks and readings from some of the strongest voices in contemporary literature

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, September 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Genre & Forms: Poetry

The University of Arizona Poetry Center with support from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Presents a poetry reading with Erika L. Sánchez & sam sax on Wednesday, October 4, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).


Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Genre & Forms: Poetry

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Burton Barr Central Library for a talk with poet Danez Smith on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

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.


Unaccompanied
Javier Zamora

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Genre & Forms: Poetry

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Javier Zamora on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore (1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006).


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
Genre & Forms: Hybrid, Poetry

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)