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An Evening with Claire Vaye Watkins

Date(s): Friday, April 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Climate Fiction
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Join Claire Vaye Watkins, award-winning author of the climate fiction novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short fiction collection Battleborn, for a virtual reading and a conversation about climate writing, Friday, April 9, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST/PDT (Phoenix, AZ*). Claire also served as the lead judge for Arizona State University's Everything Change climate fiction contest in 2020. During the event, we will share details about the forthcoming Everything Change anthology, a collection of the top stories from that contest.

Presented by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University, a partnership between the Center for Science and the Imagination and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

This event is open to the public and free. Zoom link will be sent the week of the event to anyone who has RSVPed in Eventbrite. This event will also be live-streamed via Facebook at

*Please note: this event takes place virtually in Phoenix MST/PDT. 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

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prizes. A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, Watkins is a professor at the University of California Irvine and lives in Twenty-nine Palms, California.