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Piper Center Staff

Working hard to serve the community

Behind all of the classes, talks, and all the other literary events and programs organized by the Center, our staff members are hard at work, doing their best to serve the community.  

To meet our staff, select a staff member from the list below. You can also meet our affiliate faculty or Piper Center writers

Meet our Staff


Piper Center Artistic Director Alberto Álvaro Ríos

Alberto Álvaro Ríos


Alberto Álvaro Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, Arizona, is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir.  His books of poems include The Dangerous Shirt, The Theater of Night, winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, along with The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body, a finalist for the National Book Award, Teodoro Luna’s Two Kisses, The Lime Orchard Woman, The Warrington Poems, Five Indiscretions, and Whispering to Fool the Wind, winner of the Walt Whitman Award.  His three collections


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Angie Dell

Associate Director

Angie Dell has worked at the Piper Writers House in different capacities since 2010. Before that, Angie earned a BA at Hampshire College in writing and material culture, and both an MFA degree in Creative Writing and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University, where they also worked as Prose Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review literary journal, and as President of ABBA (A-Buncha-Book-Artists).


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Dana Tribke

Assistant Director

Dana Tribke joined the Piper Center in early 2017, where she is oversees Events, Educational Programs, Marketing and Outreach. She is also responsible for all accounting and HR related functions within the Piper Center. Dana graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Accounting in 2009 and holds a Certificate in Community College Teaching and Learning from NAU. With a focus on servant leadership, Dana works closely with Piper Center staff to provide programs that enrich the lives of our community and provide literary opportunities that do not exist within the Valley.


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Felicia Zamora

Education Programs Manager

Felicia Zamora is the education programs manager for the Piper Center. She is the author of the books Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press 2017), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press 2017), and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions 2017). Of Form & Gather was listed as one of “9 Outstanding Latino Books Recently Published by Independent and University Presses” by NBC News.


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Jake Friedman

Marketing and Outreach Specialist

Jake Friedman currently serves as the Marketing and Outreach Specialist at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, where he is responsible for marketing and outreach, graphic design, the website, newsletters, special projects, social media, and more. Prior to that, he served as a Coordinator. He joined the Piper Center in August of 2016.


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Ashley Wilkins


Ashley Wilkins joined the Piper center in early 2018, where she is responsible for coordinating the Distinguished Visiting Writer’s Series and rotating conferences such as NonfictioNow. She graduated with her Bachelors in Religious Studies in 2012 and has continued accumulating Bachelor’s throughout her three and a half years at ASU. Coordinating literary events is Ashley’s dream job and she hopes to continue helping grow the community based programming offered by the Center.


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Mary McDonough

Coordinator, Outreach Programs

Mary McDonough joined the Piper center in early 2019, as the Outreach Programs Coordinator. Mary received a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012. Their career has centered around and continues to be shaped by community.


Piper Center Staff Member Katie Berta,

Katie Berta

Supervising Editor, Hayden's Ferry Review

Katie Berta is the Supervising Editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. She graduated from the MFA program at Arizona State University in 2011 and from the Creative Writing PhD at Ohio University in 2017. She's served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ohio University, as the Assistant Editor of New Ohio Review, and as an Associate Editor of Hayden's Ferry Review.


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Jack Smith

Undergraduate Intern Spring 2019 - Fall 2019

Jack Smith is a Marketing undergraduate student at Arizona State University Barrett Honors College and W.P. Carey School of Business. He is the Founder and President of Just Write, a Creative Writing club at ASU for writers of all backgrounds. He has also completed a 100,000-word Young Adult Fantasy novel and is currently seeking representation. He is constantly seeking to further his education by maintaining a full schedule of Business, Writing, and Fine Art classes. Jack joined the Piper Center in February 2019 as the Marketing Intern.