The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Sareya Taylor

Sareya Taylor

A New Way to YA Panelist 2021
NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Sareya Taylor

Sareya Taylor is a 19 year old White Mountain Apache and Navajo student. Sareya’s pronouns are they/them/she/her. Sareya is a poet who focuses on the Indigenous peoples of America and the trauma they may have experienced in their lives. Sareya also brings attention to and counters the stereotypes and misrepresentations of Natives that our society’s media and culture supports. They served as the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of Phoenix and currently serve as a member of the International Indigenous Youth Council and a honorary 25 under 25 youth leader.

Find Events with Sareya Taylor

Creative Justice Youth Symposium
Sean Avery, Akhila Bandlora, Teré Fowler-Chapman, Hunter Hazelton, Heather Laurel Jensen, Allie Mahai, Amber McCrary, Sareya Taylor

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 11:00am
Location: Online
Type & Genre: Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop; Community, Human Rights, Poetry, Social Justice

As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the second annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Thursday through Friday, June 17 - 18, 2021 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.

We Thrive Together
AGUILA Youth Leadership, Sareya Taylor, Samuel Redbird, Arizona Humanities

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Discussion, Presentation, Workshop; American Indian, Indigenous, Novels, Professional Development
Sareya Taylor and Samuel Redbird lead a special workshop with AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute on empowerment and resiliency for high-school aged youth.

City, State, Nation: Poets Laureate of the Southwest
Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Rosemarie Dombrowski, Sareya Taylor, Laura Tohe, TC Tolbert

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 5:30pm
Location: Old Main, Carson Ballroom, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type & Genre: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Reading; Poetry

Alice Walker once said “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” As the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference draws to a close we hope that our attendees have shifted the ways in which they think about their writing and the power of their words. Whether you are a poet, a novelist, or are just beginning to choose a path, we want to send everyone off with a final celebration of writing as we hear from some of our most beloved Poets laureate of the Southwest.  

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 5:00pm
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type & Genre: Reading; American Indian, Community, Indigenous, Poetry
Creative Youth of Arizona is proud to partner with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing to present an evening of poetry and community. Please join us for a community open mic, special guests, and a featured performance from the inaugural Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate, Sareya Taylor and special guest Taté Walker on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281).
Sign up for the Open Mic begins at 5:00 p.m.

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

Support Indigenous Communities

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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