Presented in partnership with ASU Open Door as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair presents over 20 talks, readings, panels, and other literary performances from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest.
Beyond performances of poetry, memoir, novels, and other forms of literature, performers will speak to border issues, incarceration, indigenous writing, bilingualism, military service, the Holocaust, book arts, self-publishing, submitting to journals, and more.
The fair takes places on the Farnsworth Terrace and Front Lawn of Old Main on ASU Tempe (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 82581) on Friday and Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Friday, programs will take place in the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281). On Saturday, programs will take place on the Farnsworth Terrace behind Old Main. On both days, exhibitors will be set up on the front lawn of Old Main.
All events and activities are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend.
To learn more, keep reading. You can also meet our exhibitors, view the fair schedule, or RSVP for the fair.
Friday, February 22 at the Piper Writers House
Saturday, February 23 on Farnsworth Terrace behind Old Main
- 10:00 a.m. — Out of the Queue: Common Mistakes in the Submissions Process with Superstition Review and Tahoma Literary Review featuring Ann Beman, Yi Shun Lai, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Spencer Litman, Alyssa Lindsey, and Lian Ammerman
- 11:00 a.m. — Barrett, the Honors College presents an Undergraduate Reading with Lux
- 11:30 a.m. — The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Community Reading
- 12:30 p.m. — Rewriting the Literary Landscape: Five IAIA Writers with the Institute of American Indian Arts featuring Jake Skeets, Lemanuel Loley, Joaquín Zihuatanejo, Carla Crujido, and Douglas Suano Bootes
- 1:30 p.m. — Reading between Lines, Writing behind Bars: Creative Writing and Incarceration with Iron City Magazine and the University of Arizona Poetry Center featuring Jacqueline Aguilar, Cornelia “Corri” Wells, Diana Marie Delgado, Joe Lockard, C. Connor Syrewicz, Winter Roth, and Derik Roof with Naala Brewer
- 2:30 p.m. — of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading with the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing featuring Giancarlo Huapaya and Sylvia A. Zéleny
- 3:00 p.m. — A Dream: Poems by a Child Victim of the Holocaust with Books of Kell's Press featuring Kelly M. Houle
- 3:30 p.m. — And So We Die, Having First Slept with Jennifer Spiegel
- 4:00 p.m. — Punk Rock Poetry: Publishing for the People with rinky dink press featuring Rosemarie Dombrowski, Melissa Leto, Shawnte Orion, Tonissa Saul, and Katherine Polmanteer
- 4:30 p.m. — Stories of Service: Creative Writing and the Military with the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement featuring Nancy Dallett, Brett Hunt, Michelle Loposky, Claudi ElDib, and Ryan Wadding
- 5:30 p.m. — A Bilingual Performance with Cardboard House Press and the Cartonera Collective
- 7:30 p.m. — De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba & Puerto Rico with Natalie Diaz's [archi]TEXTS featuring Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Nicole Sealey
While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event.
To learn more about the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, you can meet our faculty or view this year's schedule.
Interested in exhibiting? Learn more about becoming an exhibitor today!