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The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

Author talks and readings from some of the strongest voices in contemporary literature

Every year, the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series brings nationally and internationally recognized authors to the Phoenix metropolitan area for talks and readings, connecting local communities with the national scene.

Events take place throughout the Valley and are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about the series, you can select a visiting writer event from the list below. For more events, you can view all upcoming events

Upcoming Visiting Writers

The Poetics of Borders, Race, and Capital
Wendy Trevino, Chris Nealon

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, 1738 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Genre & Forms: Latinx Studies, Poetry, Race

"A border, like race, is a cruel fiction
Maintained by constant policing, violence
Always threatening a new map. It takes
Time, lots of people’s time, to organize
The world this way. & violence. It takes more
Violence. Violence no one can confuse for
Anything but violence."

—from "Brazilian Is Not a Race" by Wendy Trevino, courtesy of The Poetry Project

 


Reclaiming the Fantasy Novel
Marlon James, Michael Bennett

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main, Arizona State University, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre & Forms: African American Studies, Fantasy, Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction

As people of colour in the diaspora, we’re particularly interested in stories that go beyond slavery. I’m tired of that being seen as the furthest in the past we can go or that swords and sorcery aren’t available to us.

—Marlon James, from "You have to risk going too far," an interview with Alex Preston at The Guardian, February 17, 2019