It's not true, not even a tiny bit, that T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month" after having been plagued by 30 days of readings of lesser verse. We don't know who starts these rumors. April is, in fact, a delightful month here at the Piper Center, not only because of the glorious weather, warm but not yet scalding, and because of the profusion of blooms, succulent and otherwise, and because of the excitement tinged with sweet sadness on a college campus near the end of the academic year, when we say goodbye and good luck to another class of graduates, but also because it's a time of recognition and celebration. MORE
Poet Eduardo Corral Public Event, 7:45 p.m.
Piper Writers House
ASU Tempe campus
April 11 Tempe Poetry in April Featuring Jeannine Savard
Public Event, 7 p.m.
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Poet Rita Dove Public Event, 6:30 p.m.
Tempe Mission Palms
60 E. Fifth St., Tempe
Poet Mark Doty Public Event, 7 p.m.
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott
Issue #50, our 25th Anniversary Issue, will be available in May. It will feature a special "artifacts" theme with work by Haruki Murakami, an interview with David Shields, fiction translated into English from the Ethiopian language Amharic for the very first time, and special artifacts from a stunning array of contributors.
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Hugh Martin, who will graduate from ASU's MFA Program in Creative Writing this spring, has received a prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.
Considered one of the most competitive creative writing programs in the country, Stanford awards only 10 fellowships each year (five in poetry, five in fiction) from an international pool of over 1,700 applicants. Martin is one of five poets selected for the honor.
Martin becomes the second ASU student, and the first from the MFA program, to be selected for the honor. Adam Johnson, who earned his undergraduate degree from ASU, was a Stegner fellow from 1999-2001 and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at Stanford.
"While the Stegner Fellowship provides Hugh a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop his poetry, it also speaks to the very fine work he's done as a student here," said Peter Turchi, director of creative writing and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. "He's been a tremendous contributor to ASU's creative writing community."
It was also just announced that Martin is the winner of the 2012 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize for his first collection of poems, The Stick Soldiers. Cornelius Eady selected this manuscript from a field of over 500 entries.
April is National Poetry Month, and with it comes a number of events—many featuring ASU MFA faculty and alumni.
The Piper Center for Creative Writing is hosting award-winning alumnus Eduardo C. Corral on Tuesday, April 10. Corral, a recipient of the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award and the Yale Younger Poets prize, will read from his recently-released collection Slow Lightning at 7:45 p.m. in the Piper Writers House.
Tempe Poetry in April returns for its 12th season. Moderated by alumna Catherine Hammond, readings will take place every Wednesday in April at 7 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The 2012 series features alumnus Josh Rathkamp and ASU MFA faculty member Jeannine Savard.
Poet Laureate Rita Dove will give a lecture April 12 as part of the Arizona Humanities Council Lorraine W. Frank Lecture & Humanities Awards. The free event takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Tempe Mission Palms.
The Phoenix Poetry Series reading on April 20 at Wy-Knot Café will feature alumni Fernando Pérez and Bojan Louis.
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference Earns High Praise
The reviews are in and its official...the 2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was an enormous success. We can say that without hesitation, as 95-percent of the participants that responded to our post-conference evaluation said the conference was "excellent" or "good."
The conference brought together nearly 300 writers for four days of classes, lectures, panels and readings. Participants included ASU graduate and undergraduate students, community college students and faculty, over three dozen high school students and their teachers, and writers from across the Valley, from Tucson and Prescott, from Texas, California and Utah, from Maryland and New Jersey, even from Winnipeg and Calgary.
One participant went as far to say, "Thank you so very much for an amazing experience! I would attend two of these conferences a year in order to be able to hear everything I want to."
The conference featured familiar topics and exercises in fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and also ventured into new territory with a panel on the graphic novel and a class about "Trauma Narratives." The 'Write Here' classes were once again a big hit, with topics such as "Grab Your Reader by the Throat and Don't Let Go," "Taming the Maverick Poem" and "Unmasking the Storyteller." The opening night banquet once again provided everyone the chance to get acquainted and featured outstanding readings by Melissa Pritchard, Carolyn Forché and Xu Xi.
We are especially grateful to the volunteers who helped things run so smoothly, including ASU undergraduates and MFA students.
Click HERE to watch videos of conference readings.
T.R. Hummer's AmeriCamera project is collecting a number of well-deserved awards and honors. The city of Tempe received a bronze Telly Award for the AmeriCamera episode of its PBS television series Songwriters' Showcase. Hummer has also been awarded an ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Best Performance or Artwork. Recipients will be recognized at the Faculty Excellence Awards on Tuesday, April 17. Hummer's latest book, Ephemeron, has been awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters poetry prize. Jewell Parker Rhodes took part in the Oxford Literary Festival, where she presented two lectures and also taught a Master Course. The paperback edition of her children's novel, Ninth Ward, will be released April 10. Her essay, "Imaginative Crossings: trans-global and trans-cultural narratives," appears in the newly published The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. A Kite in the Wind, the anthology co-edited by Peter Turchi and Andrea Barrett, is a finalist for the ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award in Writing.Cynthia Hogue and Jewell Parker Rhodes will serve as volunteer judges for the first Writers Unite to Fight Cancer Writing Contest.
MFA Program News
Join us in welcoming Corey Campbell, who accepted the position of Program Manager last month. She has a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College. She comes to ASU from Xavier University in New Orleans, and also spent six years as Program Representative for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
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Peek Behind the Masthead
Get to know our current HFR editors through our blog profiles. Meet Angie Dell, fiction editor and Christine Holm, poetry editor. Keep your eye on the blog for more posts in the series.MORE.