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Exhibit at Meet Your Literary Community

Be a part of the festivities

Engage with over 1,000 community members at this year's Meet Your Literary Community, Saturday morning, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market (14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004). 

Meet Your Community is open to any individual, group, or organization related to creative writing or contemporary literature. 

Beyond space, exhibitors have the opportunity to present miniature talks, flash readings, pop-up workshops, or other literary events and programs. 

Individuals and organizations of all backgrounds and genres are encouraged to apply. Space is free.

Applications for this year's Meet Your Literary Community are currently closed.

Applications for next year's event will open in Spring 2020. In the meantime, you can meet our exhibitorsbrowse activities, or RSVP

For more information, contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or

Exhibitor Eligibility

Meet Your Literary Community is open to any individual, group, or organization related to creative writing or contemporary literature broadly construed. Examples include but are not limited to: traditional, independent, or self-published authors; literary journals and magazines; small presses and publishers; podcasters; bookstores; freelance editors, ghostwriters, or other creative writing professionals; writing groups or meetups; printers and bookmakers; comic strip artists and graphic novelists; zinesters; author clubs or associations; non-profit organizations; and more. 

Please note: applicants must have copies of a book, chapbook, or some other kind of printed publication or material available for distribution or sale. Books do not need to be published with a traditional publisher: self-published books, hand-made editions, zines, or similar products are welcome. You can even print something out at home.

Similarly, while applicants do not need to reside in Phoenix in order to participate, applicants must reside or be based in the state of Arizona. 

Preferred Exhibitors

Meet Your Literary Community seeks to provide an accessible and inclusive platform for individuals and organizations of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience to engage with the larger community. While there is no cost, space is limited. As such, applicants may be selected on the basis of their overall fit or position within the larger applicant pool. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Feature Programs: Propose a miniature talk, flash reading, pop-up workshop, or other featured event or program
  • Offer Tableside Activities: Offer creative ways to engage the public through games, trivia, or some other sort of tableside activitiy
  • Have Products or Printed Materials: Have some sort of product or printed material available for distribution or sale

The Piper Center may also choose to give preference to applicants who have not participated in the previous year's Meet Your Community event. Individuals or organizations who have participated in the previous year's event are welcome and encouraged to apply. 

Equipment and Space

Meet Your Community will take place outdoors at the Phoenix Public Market. All exhibitors will be provided with 3' of table space and 1 chair. All exhibitors will share tables. Extra space may be available for publishers, businesses, or other organizations and groups. The Phoenix Public Market will be providing all chairs, tables, and canopies. Beyond this, participants are encouraged to bring any linens, decorations, or other displays for their table. Electricity will not be available. As temperatures can still be somewhat high in early October, please bring water and dress appropriately. 


There is no cost to exhibit at Meet Your Community. Space is free.

Sales, Promotion, and Use of Space

Exhibitors are welcome to use their space in any way they may please, including:

  • Engaging with community members;
  • Distributing information about their organization or books;
  • Collecting mailing list sign ups;
  • Selling books, products, or services;
  • Collecting donations.

Please note: 10% of all sales will be donated to the Phoenix Public Market (per standard market policy). Participants are responsible for providing their own change and point of sale systems, ensuring compliance with city and state tax laws, and all other aspects of conducting sales.

Become an Exhibitor

Programs & Activities

As part of the event, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a program proposal or offer a tableside activity.

Program Guidelines

Applicants may propose any kind of event or program they please, including but not limited to talks, readings, panels, workshops, salons, conversations, and more. Programs will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Each program will have up to twenty minutes. 

Activity Guidelines

Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to offer some sort of creative way to engage with the public through a tableside activity, including but not limited to poetry on demand; on-the-spot editing or feedback; literary trivia or games; community writing projects like magnetic poetry or haiku; live printing; book-making; and so on.

Bonus points will be awarded for any activities or programs that related to food systems, farming, or other aspects and meanings of the Phoenix Public Market. For more examples, you can view past activities

Become an Exhibitor

Application Process

Applications are simple and easy, and consist primarily of providing contact information and answering a short series of questions about intended use of space and activities through an online form.

Important Dates

The deadline for applications is August 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM (Phoenix Time). All applicants will be notified by August 15. 

Submit Your Application

To apply to participate in Meet Your Literary Community, you can submit an application form. 

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Marketing and Outreach Specialist Jake Friedman at 480.727.0818 or

Become an Exhibitor