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[Postponed] A Reading with Wendy Barker and Cynthia Hogue

Date(s): Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: Free

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About this Event

In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been postponed due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. Future dates will be announced on our website and social media as soon as they become available. In the meantime, you can learn more about Wendy's latest book, Gloss, on If you have any questions, please reach out to Coordinator Ashley Wilkins at For more information about our response to COVID-19, read the Piper Center's statement at or visit ASU's official website at

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Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a reading with Wendy Barker and Cynthia Hogue on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Piper Writer's House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85302)

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.

About the Author

Photograph of Wendy Barker

Wendy Barker's seventh full-length collection of poetry, Gloss, is due out from Saint Julian Press in January 2020. Her collection One Blackbird at a Time was chosen for the John Ciardi Prize and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. Earlier books include her novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years (runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and released by Del Sol Press in 2009); Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005); Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000); Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991); and Winter Chickens (Corona Publishing Co., 1990).

Wendy's fifth chapbook, Shimmer, was published in 2019 by Glass Lyre Press. Her fourth chapbook, From the Moon, Earth is Blue, was published in 2015, by Wings Press. Earlier chapbooks include Things of the Weather (Pudding House Press, 2009); Between Frames (Pecan Grove Press, 2006); and Eve Remembers (Aark Arts, 1996). An anthology, Far Out: Poems of the 60s, co-edited with David M. Parsons, was published in 2016 by Wings Press. A selection of poems accompanied by autobiographical essays, Poems’ Progress (Absey & Co.), appeared in 2002, and a collection of translations (with Saranindranath Tagore) from the Bengali of India’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (George Braziller, 2001), received the Sourette Diehl Fraser Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Wendy’s poems and translations have appeared in hundreds of journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Plume, Rattle, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Stand, Partisan Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Plume, New Letters, Antioch and Southern Poetry Review. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013 (eds. Denise Duhamel and David Lehman). Many poems have been reprinted in various venues, including the Academy of American Poetry site Essays have appeared in such magazines as Poets & Writers and Southwest Review. She has read her poetry at dozens of universities, bookstores, festivals, and conferences in the United States, Europe, and in India.

As a scholar, she is the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987) as well as co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996).

Recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Rockefeller residency fellowship in Bellagio, as well as other awards in poetry, including the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award (which she has received twice, for Way of Whiteness in 2000 and for Between Frames in 2007) and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar, she has also been a Fulbright senior lecturer in Bulgaria. Her work has been translated into Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl Lewinn Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982, Wendy is married to the critic, biographer, and poet Steven G. Kellman.

Picture of Cynthia Hogue

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, and raised in upstate New York, poet, editor, and translator Cynthia Hogue earned a BA at Oberlin College, an MAH at SUNY-Buffalo, and a PhD at the University of Arizona.

In her poems, Hogue is often concerned with liminal landscapes and the transformative power of myth. Describing herself as “an intuitive and exploratory poet” in a 2006 interview with Marisol Teresa Baca in 42opus, Hogue stated that particularly in her collection The Incognito Body (2006), “I'm interested in social-economic power: how it is used; whether it is shared; what happens when one shifts the dynamic to power-sharing, for example, which listening, on a very deep level, can begin to do.”

Her numerous collections of poetry include Revenance (2014), Or Consequence (2010), Flux (2002), and Touchwood (1979). Hogue is the author of the critical volume Scheming Women: Poetry, Privilege, and the Politics of Subjectivity (1995). She edited The Sword Went Out to Sea (Synthesis of a Dream) by Delia Alton, by H.D. (2007, first edition coedited with Julie Vandivere), Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (2006, coedited with Elisabeth Frost), and We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women's Writing and Performance Poetics (2001, coedited with Laura Hinton). Hogue collaborated on the interview-based volume of poetry and photographs When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (2010) with photographer Rebecca Ross. She received the Academy of American Poets’ Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for her co-translation of Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy’s Fortino Sámano, or The Overflowing of the Poem (2012).

Hogue’s additional honors include a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, and the H.D. Fellowship at Yale University’s Beinecke Library and the Witter Bynner Translation Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. She has served on the faculty of the MFA programs at the University of New Orleans, Bucknell University (where she directed the Stadler Center for Poetry), and Arizona State University. Hogue lives in Phoenix.

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