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Panel: Exploring Hybrid Literary Arts with Damon Begay, Rebecca Fish Ewan, Susan Nguyen, Tatum Begay

Date(s): Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Community Event, Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Panel
Genre and Form(s): Book Design, Comics, Graphic Novels, Hybrid, Literature
Cost: Free

About this Event

Join us for a discussion exploring hybrid literary possibilities from comic books and graphic novels to DIY zines and doodling for writers.

This panel features some astounding artists and writers who craft works that speak beyond what words themselves can reach. Each artist will be teaching a follow up one-day course, so be sure to sign up!

This event is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and is open to the public and free. Zoom link will be sent the week of the event to anyone who has RSVP'd in Eventbrite.

*Please note: this event takes place virtually in Phoenix MST. As Phoenix does not observe daylight savings time, determining the correct time outside of Arizona can be somewhat confusing. To view the current time in Phoenix, Arizona, you can check the world time clock. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Piper Center at

About the Author

Damon W. Begay (he/him) is a Navajo independent comic book artist. He grew up watching WB kid's cartoons every Saturday morning and was always playing Pokemon and begging for more Yu-Gi-Oh cards. His family did a lot more moving, from Shiprock to Window Rock. They ended up staying in Phoenix. He remembers being mad because he missed his friends and cousins. He found out that Phoenix had great comic book stores and public libraries with computers and comics. The city started to grow on him. In high school, he got into comics like Ultimate Spider-Man and Runaways.

Poet/cartoonist, Rebecca Fish Ewan's (she/her) passion is mingling text with visual art, primarily in ink and watercolor, to tell stories of place and memory. Her hybrid-form work has appeared in After the Art, Brevity, Crab Fat, Survivor Zine, Hip Mama, Mutha, TNB, Punctuate & Under the Gum Tree. Her illustrations and essay, “The Deepest Place on Earth,” were published in the Literary Kitchen anthology, Places Like Home. Rebecca has an MFA in creative writing from ASU, where she has been a landscape design professor for 25+ years.

Susan Nguyen hails from Virginia but currently lives and writes in Arizona. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, where she won the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Prize and fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. In 2018, PBS NewsHour named her one of "three women poets to watch." Her work appears in diagram, Tin House, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Dear Diaspora, won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published in September 2021.

Tatum Begay is a Navajo digital comic artist who has been self-publishing web comics since 2013. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master’s in English Literature in 2015.