Jun 3

The First Ever Writers' Buffet Event

Mark your calendar for a local writers' get together. Meet other writers, socialize, discuss writing, and have fun. Details in Spring/Summer 2017!

Oct 26

Classes at Piper Writers Studio

Announcing the Piper Writers Studio (Fall 2016)

Faculty include Michael A. Stackpole, Carol Test, Marshall Terrill, and Lois Roma-Deeley

Registration Closes Monday October 3rd, 2016

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is proud to offer four creative writing classes through the Piper Writers Studio. Classes are taught by acclaimed and award-winning writers from the community, and cover topics such as first-draft novel writing, novel revisions, persona poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Classes are open to individuals of all backgrounds, skill levels, and experiences, and are designed to fit around the schedules of working adults (taking place weekday evenings or weekend afternoons).

Class sizes range between 8 and 12 students in order to ensure an intimate, individualized educational experience, and start at $75 (with discounts for individuals who are members of the Piper Circle of Friends). Classes can also qualify for professional development credit with the Arizona Department of Education. Individuals can register for classes through the Piper Center’s website until Monday, October 3rd, 2016.

Get more information here: https://piper.asu.edu...­

2:00 pm14:00

Whole Brain Writing

Some writers dissolve into creative writing with no awareness of the outside world. Others are tickled by the challenge of wrestling a messy draft into shape. In the workshop we invite our dreamy and rational brains to work together to produce part of an essay, poem or story. 

Full Description

10:00 am10:00

Terrain.org 7th Annual Contest: Theme ~ Fabrication

Terrain.org is pleased to announce our 7th annual contests in:


A prize of $500 plus publication for the first-place winner will be awarded in each genre. Runners up in each genre may also receive publication.

Selection Process

All submissions are considered for publication. Terrain.org’s editors will read all entries, passing the top entries in each genre to the judges, who will choose the first-place winners. Decisions of the judges are final. Judges and editors do not know the identity of the contestants.

The deadline for our 7th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry is September 1, 2016, for publication in November 2016. All notifications will be made by the end of October 2016.

Details available here: www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines/

Aug 13

WriteNow! 2016 Conference

Polish, Pitch, Publish: Mystery SOLVED

Renowned experts will take the mystery out of getting published and becoming a best-selling author, in any genre. This extraordinary event is open to authors, aspiring writers, and fans alike. Register today for this fantastic conference featuring bestselling authors Jan Burke, Alex Kava, Jennifer Ashley, and Cynthia Hickey, as well as editor Holly Lörincz and literary agent Victoria Lowes.

Details available here.

3:00 pm15:00

Poet's Corner

Comereadlisten, share your work! Meet other poets at informal gatherings.

Not a poet but love poetry? Come, listen, share poems of poets you admire. All are welcome!

Full Description

6:00 pm18:00


Editorial Freelancers Association Members, Freelance Editors, and Aspiring Editors are invited to a FREE Presentation

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Presented by the Arizona EFA Chapter

At the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Avenue (in the library)

  • Learn about the benefits of membership in the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA);
  •  Learn how to use your EFA membership to build your business and skills;
  • Learn about networking, professional development, and outreach for members in Arizona.
  • Meet member colleagues and hear about their experiences;
  • Share your ideas and experiences;
  • Ask questions of other members.


Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to chap_arizona@the-efa.org 

Or to sharon@buckskinbooks.com

By June 10

7:00 pm19:00

SALT+BONE Reading w/Muriel Leung and Grace Shuyi Liew

One day, a king demands his daughters to express their love for him through metaphor. A daughter writes, “I love you like salt.” “Here,” the father says, banishing her to the bottom of the ocean, “you will never run out of salt.” After all, what is salt but a capacity to wound?

In SALT+BONE: A Reading Tour, poets Muriel Leung and Grace Shuyi Liew travel across the South/West to share poetry that showcases the wateriness of identity, how bones morph to survive undersea, and how to emerge out of liminal spaces as two queer Asian American women who dwell in all the spaces in between.

10:00 am10:00

Meet Writer in Residence, Janni Lee Simner

Meet Janni, our spring Writer in Residence! Anyone can come in during office hours and ask her writing questions. Janni will also offer free writing workshops soon.

Janni Lee Simner's Office Hours
Tuesdays: 10 am – noon
Saturdays: 2 pm – 5 pm (no hours March 12/Book Festival weekend)
Where: the Joel D. Valdez Main Library (downtown).

Janni Lee Simner is the author of the well-loved Bones of Faerie Trilogy as well as Thief Eyes. She has also published over 30 short stories for kids, teens and adults.


May 29

Pima Writers' Workshop

The Pima Writers' Workshop will be here soon! It's in Tucson on May 27-29, with a meet-the-authors reception the evening of the 26th. The cost is only $150, including a manuscript consultation. Faculty: Regina Brooks (Serendipity Literary Agency), Kevin Canty, Michael Carr (Veritas Literary Agency), Thomas Cobb, Kathryn Conrad, Jean Hegland, Priyanka Kumar, Tom Leveen. Nancy Mairs, Nahid Rachlin, José Skinner, and Carolyne Wright. To register, call 520-206-6468. More information: Meg Files, 520-206-6084mfiles@pima.edu


7:00 pm19:00

May Fair Weather Reading Series

w/Annie Guthrie & Janice Lee

Curator: Kristen E. Nelson
Location: outdoor courtyard
Description: This series celebrates LGBTQ writers, female writers, writers of color, emerging writers, and other underrepresented groups. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Sometimes there will be music. Sometimes there will be dancing. Sometimes there will be video. Sometimes there will be swimming. Sometimes there will be surprises. Sometimes there will be raffles. Sometimes there will be fancy food. Sometimes there will be fancy drinks. Sometimes it will rain and you should bring an umbrella. Sometimes it will be chilly and you should bring a blanket. It is called the Fair Weather Reading Series for all of these reasons and more.


7:00 pm19:00


SOLASTALGIA: (n.) The pain experienced when the place where one resides or one loves is under immediate assault. (tour dates below and venues TBA shortly) SOLASTALGIA: a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary works and performances of Chinese-American migrant artist Jess X. Chen and Indigenous Diné artist Demian DinéYazhi founder of RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. Through poetry and public art, their work embodies the form of time travel and recalls narratives of queerness, love, trauma, fantasy, and survivance. Their work is a reclamation of inherited lands, ancestors, and cultures lost to post-apocalyptic colonial violence. Through poetry they create indigenous and immigrant futures in the time of our current ecological collapse.

7PM: Story Land Tucson https://www.facebook.com/events/650460931775429/


May 6

MFA Graduate Readings

Creative Writing MFA Graduate Readings at the Poetry Center Thursday May 5 and Friday May 6, 7 PM.

7:00 pm19:00

Intermezzo Reading

Intermezzo presents Rachel Moritz and Renee Angle Tuesday May 3 at the Temple of Music and Art at 7 PM.

6:00 pm18:00

Award-Winning Author Simran Sethi Discusses Taste and Conservation

On Monday, May 2, acclaimed author Simran Sethi, will join Edible Baja Arizona editor Megan Kimble, Barrio Bread's Don Guerra, and Todd and Kelly Bostock of Dos Cabezas Wineworks and the Arizona Vignerons Alliance for a conservation about the loss of agricultural biodiversity and ways in which we can conserve endangered foods by consuming them. This special event will take place at the Carriage House, located at 125 S. Arizona Avenue. A guided tasting of local bread and wine, examples of the outstanding flavors of Baja Arizona's agricultural diversity, will follow the discussion. 


10:00 am10:00

Lit Press Fest for Teens

Lit Press Fest for Teens is a mini-conference for area teens and teachers/parents who are interested in or already editing a literary magazine. If you are a teen, or you work with or are a parent to teens, you're invited to attend this event and learn more about making zines and chapbooks, and the logistics of editing and supporting a school literary magazine.

Festival events include:

  • Bookmaking workshops!
  • Creative writing workshops led by UA students.
  • Poetry Center rare book room tours featuring handmade zines, journals, pamphlets, broadsides, and book objects.
  • Gallery of resources which include high-school and middle-school literary journals, zines, and other publications.
  • Meet other editors, writers, and book artists!
  • How-to panels on editing, curating, publicizing, and distributing the creative work of your organization.
  • Free food!

To participate in the 2016 Lit Press Fest for Teens, email your RSVP to saraiyaruano@email.arizona.edu. Please include the following:

Subject line: RSVP for Lit Press
Body of email: # of attendees and their ages/grades, and school or institution name if relevant.

7:00 pm19:00

UA Prose Series: Fenton Johnson and Brian Blanchfield

In this second Prose Series event of 2016, Fenton Johnson & Brian Blanchfield, read from their latest books: Johnson’s The Man Who Loved Birds and Blanchfield's Proxies: Essays Near Knowing. This reading will be followed by a brief Q&A. 

Info here: poetry.arizona.edu/news-event/2016/04/ua-prose-series-fenton-johnson-and-brian-blanchfield

Fenton Johnson

Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Geography of the Heart: A Memoir and Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey Among Christian and Buddhist Monks, a...

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Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is a poet and essayist whose most recent book is Proxies: Essays Near Knowing—a collection equal parts cultural studies and dicey autobiography, newly published by Nightboat Books in 2016. His...

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1:00 pm13:00

Second Annual Beer With The Bard

Join us for a guided tour of four local watering holes. At each stop we'll entertain you with a performance or two from Shakespeare's Greatest Hits. Our first tour begins at 1pm and the second one will start at 1:45. Space on the tour is limited so please order your tickets ahead of time- they're only $5. Follow this page or check on tucsonfringe.org for more info and tickets. This event is 21+

7:30 pm19:30

Edge 86: Beth Alvarado, Maria Matice Moore & Maryrose Larkin

At EDGE, we know that April In Tucson is full of lots of fab lit programming! We welcome you next week on April 20 for EDGE 86 with black, queer, Buddhist educator-activist & Director of African American Student Affairs @ UA, Matice M. Moore, who'll give a Multimedia Talk - Militant Mantras: Art & Practice for Liberation; the talented essayist and author of two books, Beth Alvarado who'll read from new work & Maryrose Larkin, Conceptual poet and author of multiple collections -- at Zuzi's Theater in the Historic Y @ 7:30pm! See you Wednesday!