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From the Director

The desert heat has finally broken, and although director Peter Turchi is on leave this semester, the literary events are in full swing here at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Come out, take advantage of these great opportunities, and support your literary community.


Upcoming Events

Oct. 1 - Nov. 9
Speak Peace Exhibit
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7373 E. 2nd St.,

October 13
Poet Bruce Weigl
Public Craft Q&A, 1 p.m.
Piper Writers House
ASU Tempe campus

October 13
Poet Bruce Weigl
Public Reading, 7:45 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale (Guided tour of the Speak Peace exhibit at 7 p.m.)

October 22
Arizona Humanities Festival
Public Event, 10 a.m.
Civic Space Park
424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

November 9
Author Mary Sojourner
Public Reading, 7 p.m.
ponsored by Superstition Review
Pima Auditorium
Memorial Union
ASU Tempe campus


Word of Mouth, Volume 2 Coming Soon

Volume 2 of the Piper Center for Creative Writing publication, Word of Mouth: Conversations with Visiting Writers on Their Craft, is at the printer and will be available shortly. You can pick up a copy at Piper Center events, or order by phone by calling 480-965-6018. The publication features hard-won insight, advice, and personal anecdotes from our 2010-11 visiting writers.

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October 2011
Poet, Veteran Bruce Weigl to Read in Conjunction with "Speak Peace" Exhibit

Pulitzer Prize–nominated poet Bruce Weigl was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War, and came home with ties to the country that remain unbroken.

Weigl will read his work and sign books at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Stage 2 Theatre, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:45 p.m.

The reading is in conjunction with the traveling exhibit "Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Paintings," which is sponsored by the Young Writers Program at ASU and will be on display at SMoCA Oct. 1-Nov. 9.

The museum is offering a guided tour of “Speak Peace” prior to the Weigl reading. The exhibit tour begins at 7 p.m.

Weigl will also discuss his poetry in a free Public Craft Q&A in the Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Both the reading and Q&A are part of the Piper Center's Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.

Early Registration Discount for Desert Nights, Rising Stars Ends October 31

The 10% early registration discount for the 2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference ends October 31--and Master Classes with visiting faculty are filling up fast. To make sure you don't miss out, click HERE to register.

The conference takes place Feb. 23-26 on the ASU Tempe campus. The award-winning faculty will include: Sally Ball, Robert Boswell, Bernard Cooper, Denise Duhamel, Carolyn Forché, Pam Houston, Adam Johnson, Mat Johnson, A. Van Jordan,  Antonya Nelson, Alix Ohlin, Jem Poster, Melissa Pritchard, Jeannine Savard, Eleanor Wilner and Xu Xi.

Discounts are available for Piper Friends, as well as ASU faculty, staff and students.

Registration Still Open for Oct. 22 Piper Writers Studio Classes

Seats are still available for three Piper Writers Studio classes set to take place Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the historic Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus.

The poetry class "Engaging the Reader with Fact" will be led by Josh Rathkamp. Patrick Michael Finn will head up the fiction class "Tools for Writing Dynamic Characters," while Mary-Rose Hayes will conduct the all-genre class "Are We There Yet? Yes We Are!"

Click HERE to register.

Reading Series Kicks Off with Packed-House Performance by Tony Barnstone

The 2011 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series got off to a great start on Sept. 29 with a packed-house performance by poet Tony Barnstone. Barnstone opened the evening by reading from his work and later was joined on stage by musician John Clinebell. The two have turned Barnstone's s book of poems, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, into a concept album. Over 150 people attended the event in Pima Auditorium.

Click HERE to watch a video of the performance.

Click HERE to view photos of Barnstone's visit.

Fall has finally arrived! Enjoy the October weather with this poem by Jennifer K. Sweeney from Hayden's Ferry Review #46.


You cannot let go the embered,
cinnamon and rust,
everything husked and shaking off

yellow paper skins,
the hay-sweet evening, auburn and cold,
that comes with a seasonal childhood.

You search it in the late October skyline
but here the day is all white,
ethereal as it wisps over the skirted mountains.

Click HERE for the complete poem.

MFA News

Alberto Ríos and MFA alumnus James E. Garcia have collaborated on the play "Amexica: Tales of the Fourth World," the story of an aspiring poet on a search for his birth mother through the border towns of Mexico. Ríos’s poetry will also be part of the public art project "Passage" at the South Mountain Community Library. His poems have been cut into the top of four shade trellises, which then project the text onto the ground. The project also includes work by MFA alumni Jeanne E. Clark, Sydney James, Susan L Krevitsky Law, Jimmy Lo, Claire McQuerry, Rick Noguchi, Fernando Pérez, Iliana Rocha, and Lois Roma-Deeley, along with MFA faculty member Cynthia Hogue and former English faculty member Peggy Shumaker. Roma-Deely's third collection of poems, High Notes (2010),  was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize. In addition, her poem from this collection,  "Sugar Baby Fixing," will be published in the anthology Villanelles (forthcoming from Everyman’s Library, 2012). Congratulations to MFA candidate Branden Boyer-White who won the Orlando short fiction prize for her story "Crossing."

Hayden's Ferry Review

Issue #48 is available now. Click HERE for subscription information.

From the HFR Blog

Contributor Spotlight: Tara L Masih
How a Long Story Became a Short One
I can never anticipate  what will grab me and hold my attention enough to make me find time in my hectic life to explore it in story form. But news headlines often inspire me. When I saw the online headline about the death of Joseph Rollino, dubbed The Strongest Man in the World by some, I read on. And was intrigued. MORE

Click HERE to check out the HFR blog.

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