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Get Lit: Desert Humanities

Date(s): Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
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Cost: Free

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About this Event

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Usually every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar; currently online due to COVID-19. 

What is our relationship to the desert? How do we engage with it as writers, artists, and critical scholars? What does a southwestern aesthetic look like? How is it portrayed in art, literature, and film? What are the benefits of honoring the desert's abundance? What are the consequences of relegating it to empty space? How does living in such an extreme landscape shape our memory? How can it teach us to live more fully in the present? What can we learn to reimagine the future?

This month, join scholar, arts administrator, and Assistant Director of Desert Humanities Dr. Celina Osuna for a conversation on the beautiful abundance of the desert on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

Please note: while this event is free and open to the public, you must register through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Space is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Attendance may be capped at 30 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Registrations do not guarantee or reserve seats. The Zoom link will be sent two days and two hours before the meeting. If you have any questions or require different forms of access, please reach out to Coordinator Senior Jake Friedman at

About Get Lit

Inspired by 18th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (currently online during COVID-19). Presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. To learn more about Get Lit or nominate a host, visit our website at

About the Author

Photograph of Celina Osuna

Celina Osuna’s work explores the literature, art, and film from and about the Desert Southwest and emphasizes the abundance of multicultural, multiethnic, multi-species stories of desert environments. She is especially interested in human and more-than-human entanglements of the desert, such as geological time and elemental forces like light and heat. Her dissertation centered desert distortion as a way of knowing—an experiment in the field of Desert Humanities.