They are all on the Piper Center for Creative Writing website.
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We are offering 11 inspiring classes—from one-day to eight-week—in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Each course is led by an experienced writer and teacher. In-person courses take place in the historic Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus; online courses allow access from anywhere in the world.
Click HEREfor class descriptions and faculty biographies, and to register.
2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty Announced
The faculty for 2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference will feature some familiar names mixed with some new faces. Robert Boswell, Antonya Nelson and Jem Poster all return for a second-straight year and will be joined by past participants Bernard Cooper, Denise Duhamel, Carolyn Forché and A. Van Jordan. Pam Houston, Adam Johnson, Mat Johnson, Alix Ohlin, Eleanor Wilner and Xu Xi will be making their first appearance at the annual event. ASU MFA faculty will also participate.
The conference is scheduled for Feb. 23-26 on the ASU Tempe campus. Click HERE for complete details and to register.
The 2011 conference was an enormous success, bringing 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 two dozen high school students and their teachers, and writers from across the Valley, from Tucson and Prescott, from Texas, New Mexico, California and Oregon, from Massachusetts and Connecticut, even from Winnipeg and Wales.
The conference will once again include and opening banquet, intimate master classes with the core faculty, and the very popular "Write Here" classes led by guest instructors.
Click HERE to watch videos of conference readings from 2011
Poet Tony Barnstone Kicks Off Distinguished Visiting Writers Series
Poet Tony Barnstone kicks off the fall Distinguished Visiting Writers Series lineup later this month. He will hold a question-and-answer session at the Piper Writers House Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. The following night (Sept. 29) he will give a reading in the ASU Memorial Union (Pima Auditorium) at 7:45 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Barnstone's poetry, translations, essays on poetics, and fiction have appeared in dozens of American literary journals. He has won fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council,and the Pushcart Prize. His first book of poetry, Impure, a finalist for the Walt Whitman Prize of the Academy of American Poets, the National Poetry Series Prize, and other national literary competitions.
Barnstone will be joined on stage by musician John Clinebell during his Thursday night reading. Barnstone is working with Clinebell to turn his book of poems, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, into a concept album.
Piper Writers House to Host New Book Discussion Group
The Piper Writers House will host a new book discussion group beginning Sept. 28. The group is open to anyone in the ASU community. It will meet on the last Wednesday of every month at lunchtime. (Exact times will be selected during the first meeting.) The group will be sponsored by the Department of English and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. ASU writers will be invited to discuss their works.
There will be a contest to name the discussion group. Entries may be submitted by 5 p.m., Sept. 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org, or MC 5011. The prize is an autographed, hard-bound copy of Melissa Pritchard's book of stories, Disappearing Ingénue.
The first book to be discussed, on Sept. 28, will be Jewell Parker Rhodes's Ninth Ward, a novel for young readers about 12-year-old Lanesha, who lives in New Orleans's Ninth Ward with Mama Ya-Ya and goes through Hurricane Katrina. The book was chosen as a 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
MFA Faculty News
T.R. Hummer will be featured on the new Eight, Arizona PBS series Songwriters' Showcase at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The series will feature performance clips and interviews with songwriters. The Oct. 1 broadcast will highlight AmeriCamera, a unique conversation blending poetry and music conceived by Hummer and international band leader Billy Cioffi, a graduate student in the School of English.
Please join in congratulating recent graduate Kathleen Winter, who has won the Antivenom Poetry Prize from Elixir Press, a first book prize. The book will come out in 2012 with the title "Nostalgia for the Criminal Past."
Issue #48 is available now. Click HERE for subscription information.
From the HFR Blog
Janine Joseph, whose poem "Wreck" appeared in HFR#48, will be included in the next volume of the Best New Poets anthology. You can find all 50 winners HERE. Congratulations go out to all the winners, but especially Natalie Giarratano, whose work will appear in HFR #49, and Virginia Konchan, Sarah Rose Nordgren, and Eric Burger who are previous contributors. And, last but not least, to Dean C. Robertson, one of our former interns.