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“The 'turn' that introduces into the poem a possibility for transformation." 
      —Phillis Levin

Volta aims to support undergraduates and graduate students in the creative writing programs at ASU as they transition from their academic life and prepare for a successful professional writing life by providing:

  • exclusive opportunities for meaningful connection to ASU alumni and distinguished visiting writers such as “After the MFA” and “After the BFA” discussions, panels, workshops, and intimate networking opportunities
  • access to a library of writing resources and books
  • opportunities to teach community courses to diverse populations through the Piper Writer Studio
  • mentorship opportunities 
  • connections to ASU career services
  • exclusive MFA and BA scholarship opportunities to Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference, annually
  • professional workshops (CVs, resume, grant-writing, MFA applications, literary journals)  
  • access to volunteer and literary citizenship opportunities such as: the BA Creative Writing Reading Series, ASU Undergraduate Writer Showcase, Desert Nights Rising Stars MFA Reading Event, community service, and the Creative Writing Symposium.
  • support to the ASU Writer’s Craft Conference, annually

Volta Signature Programs:

  • Professional Writer Craft Talks and Events
  • After the MFA
  • Caesura Wellness Program
  • Piper Writer Studio Summer Courses
  • Undergraduate Creative Writing Reading Series
  • ASU Undergraduate Writing Showcase
  • Creative Writing Symposium
  • Mentorship Program

To learn more about Volta, use the menu to the left or contact Program Director Kalani Pickhart at Kalani.Pickhart@asu.edu.