The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

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Jessica Salow

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Jessica Salow

Jessica Salow is currently a Specialist at Arizona State University Library with the Community-Driven Archives Initiative (CDA) which was established in 2017 through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She obtained her master's in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from The University of Arizona and is an alumna of Arizona State University. Her current work with the CDA team focuses on building relationships with historically marginalized communities (Latinx, Black, Asian & Pacific Islander, Indigenous and the LGBTQ+) in Arizona by creating intergenerational and intersectional safe spaces for people within these communities to acknowledge historical traumas. We do this by centering the lived experiences of these marginalized communities and invite members to share their knowledge with others through workshops we host with community partners. Our work in this space is meant to redefine the traditional definition and function of an institutional archive and bring to light archival material that has previously been overlooked by institutional archives.  

Find Events with Jessica Salow

Dispatches from the Field: Students Archivists and BIPOC Memory
Mia Johnson, Myra Khan, Lourdes Pereira, Elizabeth Quiroga, Jessica Salow

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk; American Indian, Community, Family History, History, Indigenous
Working outside an archival profession that has ignored their voices, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) student and community archivists are reclaiming space to maintain vital community histories and cultural knowledge. Celebrate their contributions and learn more about their work with ASU Library's Community Driven Archives Initiative!

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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