Teaching Artists

Who we serve

Piper Writers House and partner organizations will provide professional development opportunities, technical support, and open lines of communication. Specific support provided includes: scheduling, coordination, end-of-project celebrations, supplies, and feedback. We strive to build a community of teaching artists who feel valued and supported in their work and empowered to provide excellent community outreach and education.


Our vision for community outreach is to enrich the lives of participants, teaching artists, and partner organizations by fostering closer connections through creative expression. Programs will be sustainable staples communities can rely on to discover and grow their passions and creative skills. Our goal is that these shared creative experiences provide a tool for community building and enrichment.

Open Opportunities

Dunbar Elementary: Mid-February - May, every other week

This Spring, Dunbar students will embark on a series of workshops to expand their ideas of creative expression. You and classroom teachers will collaborate to create a curriculum incorporating material from their regular class content which builds confidence in their voices and perspectives as young writers.

Three options for Spring 2023 include:

  • Mapping Dunbar’s Community, a focus on neighborhood history
  • Multigenerational Interviews, optional physical/visual art component
  • Community Comic Book, including peer interviews and student vignettes

Veteran’s Writing Circle: February-May, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

The Veteran’s Writing Circle is a group of veterans who meet monthly to workshop and develop their writing. This program is versatile and open to your ideas.


  • Teaching Artist Orientation must be attended before the first session begins. Once established, annual orientation is required.
  • Attendance at community conversations is required to establish strong communications and adapt and respond to community needs and desires.
  • Teaching artists will provide exceptional, creative courses or projects relevant to the community they are serving.
  • You have the freedom to explore modes and ideas important to you within this framework.


Non-ASU Students

  • $75/hr: 60-90min sessions + mirrored prep-time
  • Total: $150-$225/session

ASU Students (Graduate and Undergraduate)

  • $25/hr: 60-90min sessions + 2x prep-time
  • Total: $75-$112.50/session

Apply here!

Ayling Dominguez (they/them)


Ayling Zulema Dominguez (they/them) is a poet, mixed media artist, and youth arts educator from Bronx, NY, with roots in Puebla, Mexico and Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. As an artist in an abolitionist mindset, their work explores the question: Who are we at our most free? They draw inspiration from James Baldwin's teaching, “If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you do not see.”; to unearth and re-root the stories and lived experiences colonialism has tried to quiet. Ayling has been a Featured Performer and Poetry Workshop Facilitator with organizations such as United We Dream, the Writers Guild Initiative, and Make the Road NY. They have been granted a seat in several Cave Canem workshops, the LAByrinth Intensive, and the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop. They were a 2021 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow, 2020 DreamYard Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium Fellow, most recently in community at The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat, and awarded the Laundromat Project Seed Grant to host poetry workshops for BIPOC caretakers in laundromats throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn. Ayling was a 2023 Prufer Poetry Prize Finalist, received Honorable Mention for the 2022 Lorca Latinx Poetry Prize, and an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Opportunity Grant. They are an active mentee in the Latinx in Publishing Writers Mentorship Program, and the Unlock Her Potential Mentorship Program. Select poems of theirs have been published in Moko Magazine, La Galería Magazine, The Protest Review, The Mujerista, 433 Magazine, Latino Rebels, The Bronx Free Press, and Alegria Magazine’s Latinx Poetry Anthology. Ayling is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and serves as Culture Change Coordinator with United We Dream.

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