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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Meet our Staff
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).
Dana Tribke joined the Piper Center in early 2017, where she 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.
Jake Friedman currently serves as the Coordinator Senior for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, where he is responsible for managing various projects, partnerships, and other literary events and programs under the direction of Alberto Ríos. Prior to that, he served as the Marketing and Outreach Specialist and, prior to that, a Coordinator. He joined the Piper Center in August of 2016.
Coordinator, Outreach Programs
M. McDonough joined the Piper center in early 2019, as the Outreach Programs Coordinator. M. 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. As a national slam poet, and educator they have worked with students, teachers, youth leaders, and non-profits to leverage the power of literary arts in society. M.
Coordinator, Educational Programs
Joy Young joined the Piper Center in 2021 as the Coordinator for Educational Programs. They hold a bachelor's degree in Women and Gender Studies from Sonoma State University which has shaped the ways they approach creating inclusive, dynamic programming. Joy has worked in the Phoenix community as a performance and teaching artist as well as a curriculum consultant since 2012.
Graduate Assistant 2020
Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in english literature and a minor in philosophy, Ryan values the power of art as a form of social and personal expression. Currently, he is working towards his Master of Arts degree in comparative literature and literary theory while helping put art into action through assisting as a research assistant for the Piper Center for Creative Writing. His interest in expanding the Phoenix writing community stems from his own aspirations as writer of American cultural criticism, short fiction, and scripts for the screen.
Poetry Out Loud Intern 2020
Allie (pronounced 'Ollie') is a Senior Poetry major in the Creative Writing program. She's an ENG 102 Writing Mentor, satirist for the State Press Magazine, and a cast member of Tempe Late Night. In their free time, they like to read, write, watch TV, and knit. She's excited to meet and work with everyone!
Jorge Sandoval is a PhD candidate in the Mary Lou Foulton teachers college at Arizona State University. Jorge's academic and professional work history includes a focus on arts-based qualitative research methods, and has worked as a public school educator in social sciences, as well as a graphic designer/illustrator in the print industry.