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On what Old Testament tale does Eleanor Wilner base her third poetry collection, Sarah's Choice (1989)?
Answer first to win a copy of Eleanor's new book Tourist In Hell.
Visiting Writers Series Continues with Poet Eleanor Wilner
The Piper Center will host a handful of visitors prior to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, highlighted by two opportunities to hear award-winning poet Eleanor Wilner on Feb. 23. She will conduct an intimate question-and-answer session at the Piper Writers House at 2 p.m. and later a reading in the Recital Hall on the fifth floor of the ASU Music Building at 7:45 p.m. Both events are open to the public as part of the 2010-11 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.
David Rigsbee of The Cortland Review had this to say about her recent release Tourist in Hell:
"This is a big, moving and intellectually satisfying collection by one of our most humane, wise, and intelligent poets."
The inaugural volume of this new publication features over 200 pages of hard-won insight, advice, and personal anecdotes from some of the finest writers in this country and abroad. The book captures the magical moments from our question-and-answer sessions in the Fireside Room of the historic Piper Writers House. These engaging, candid, intimate conversations focus on all aspects of the writer's life and work.
Word of Mouth makes the highlights of those conversations available to everyone. The first volume includes poets Kimiko Hahn, Bob Hicok, and Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright; fiction writers Charles D'Ambrosio, Francine Prose, and Etgar Keret; true-crime writer Harold Schechter, and memoirist and winner of the NAACP Image Award Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Click HERE for more information on how to get your copy.
Limited Edition Artwork Available
The Piper Center for Creative Writing is delighted to present the 2011 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference poster image commissioned from Arizona's own Jake Early. Early's images of California, including his series of sights along Highway 1, have been highly sought after by collectors for years.
Silk screen prints (18" x 24") from a limited edition of 50 will be available at the discounted price of $40 before and during the conference–or long as they last! They will be sold for $80 after the conference.
The event is sponsored by the Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture, and the Master of Liberal Studies program.
High Notes by
Lois Roma-Deeley recently released her third collection of poetry, High Notes. Published by Benu Press, the book forms the basis of a jazz opera she is writing with composer Christopher Scinto.
Roma-Deeley will take part in a reading and conversation at the Piper Writers House on Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
MFA Faculty News
Melissa Pritchard recently discussed the editing process from a writers point of view with A Public Space.
Ninth Ward, the first novel for young readers by Jewell Parker Rhodes, was selected for a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award. Presented by the American Library Association, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards were established to recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors.