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Connecting community organizers in Phoenix, AZ

Read "Phoenix Lit Serv", the #PhxLitServ is a collective space for creative writing community organizers to stay connected and communicate with each other as they work towards common goals hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

The #PhxLitServ maintains event calendars, email lists, facebook groups, and other communication platforms for members to ask questions, coordinate programs, and share resources. Members can also call meetings to work cooperatively on various ideas, initiatives, or events.

Interested in joining? The #PhxLitServ is open to any individual organizing an event series, class, or other creative writing program.  All genres and forms are welcome. Programs should have at least a 6 month history. Membership is free.  

To learn more about the Lit Serv, you can read the information below or join the #PhxLitServ.

About #PhxLitServ

Departing from the idea of a list serv—an electronic mailing list used to manage communications within various communities—#PhxLitServ is a marketing and outreach initiative from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU that aims to further develop the local literary field.

While talks, classes, and other Piper events and programs serve individual writers, readers, and the larger community, #PhxLitServ serves community organizers, teachers, and other individuals providing literary programs and services themselves. 

Through meetings, mailing lists, calendars, and other internal communications platforms, #PhxLitServ seeks to provide members with a community-centered, collective space to stay connected and communicate as they work towards common goals. While specific agendas or other items of business are determined by members, potential uses of the space include:

  • Coordinating event dates and program schedules with other literary organizers and activities
  • Soliciting input or feedback on events, programs or operations
  • Sharing information, resources, or expertise
  • Exploring opportunities for potential partnerships, grants, or other large-scale programs and initiatives
  • Identifying issues or discussing topics that affect the larger community

Member Guidelines

#PhxLitServ is open to any individual or organization satisfying each of the following criteria:

  1. Programs: The individual or organization provides some kind of program, products, service, or other activity related to creative writing and contemporary literature broadly construed
  2. Location: Programs take place in or serve the larger Phoenix metropolitan area
  3. History: Programs have been in active operations for least six months prior to joining

Guidelines for programming are broad, inclusive, and open to interpretation. Examples of individuals or programs that qualify for #PhxLitServ include but are not limited to:

  • Moderators or hosts of local writing groups or meet ups
  • Organizers of open mics or featured reading series
  • Any individual working for or representing a publisher or small press
  • Producers of podcasts
  • Coordinators, marketers, directors, or other individuals working for or representing a non-profit organization
  • Owners or employees of local bookstores
  • Freelance editors, agents, and other literary or creative writing professionals
  • Individuals who teach creative writing classes at public schools, community colleges, universities, or independently
  • Individuals who administer or manage mailing lists, facebook groups, meetups, or other networks

Individuals or programs do not need to be professional in the sense of being a separate legal entity, generating revenue, or having paid staff members in order to join. All levels of organization or activity are welcome to join

Individuals or organizations do not need to be based in the Phoenix metropolitan area in order to join, so long as they have an active interest in working in Phoenix and satisfy all of the other criteria.

Additionally, programming does not need to be exclusively focused on creative writing or literature. Larger arts and culture organizations with any creative writing component or an active interest in developing creative writing program or other collaborations are also welcome to join.

Please note: while individual authors are welcome to join if they are teaching classes, running open mic series, or similar events, individual authors are ineligible solely in terms of having published work or being featured at readings. Individual authors must be creating some kind of community space to join. 

All genres and forms of creative writing and related fields are welcome to join. Examples include but are not limited to: poetry; fiction; creative nonfiction; journalism; memoir; novels; English; English literature; comparative literature; storytelling; stageplays and screenwriting; science fiction; romance; mystery and noir; travel writing; and so on. 

There are no costs to becoming a member. Membership is free.

Member Benefits

Beyond general camaraderie and developing relationships, members of #PhxLitServ gain access to any mailing lists, facebook groups, event calendars, or other assets and tools maintained by the #PhxLitServ.

Member Requirements

Membership in the #PhxLitServ is completely voluntary and at-will. Members are under no obligation to attend meetings, respond to emails, or otherwise participate in #PhxLitServ activities. Any member whose conduct is found to undermine, subvert, or otherwise conflict with the values of the group--respect, cooperation, service, and community--may be asked to leave. As host, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing reserves the right to maintain a safe and accessible community space. 



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Join the #PhxLitServ

Thank you for your interest in joining the #PhxLitServ! To join the #PhxLitServ, simply complete the form below.

Please note: individuals must participate in the creative writing community in some sort of organizing or programming capacity with a history of at least six months in order to join. All submissions will be responded to within one to two months.

 If you have any questions, please read the guidelines or contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or Thank you again for your interest in #PhxLitServ, we look forward to connecting with you soon!

Tell us about your organization, reading series, class, or other program or activity related to creative writing. For more information about eligible programs and activities, read the Lit Serv guidelines at
Use the space below to enter the date on which your organization was founded or your program and activity began. Individuals and organizations must have been active for at least six months in order to join #PhxLitServ.