Festival Staff / March 1, 2017
Not ready for the literary love to end after the Festival finishes up on March 12? You don't have to shelve your book lovin' self until next year. Top literary centers around Arizona are partnering up to bring you high-quality writers and poets throughout the year, including Margot Lee Shetterly and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
We think the most exciting announcement is a poetry series from the University of Arizona Poetry Center on April 6th and then a co-sponsored event with the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing in Phoenix on the 7th. Featured poets include Camille Rankine and Ocean Vuong. The first event takes place at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and then the poets are heading up north to read at the Phoenix Art Museum. Both events are free and open to the public.
Mall Bell, the Interim Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, notes:
“Co-sponsoring the University of Arizona Poetry Center readings at the Phoenix Art Museum creates an opportunity to share in the Poetry Center's important work of introducing nationally-renowned poets to Arizona audiences. The public in Phoenix is clearly hungry and enthusiastic for such events, and I've never seen less than a packed room for one of these readings. Every successful event in this series leaves behind an ever-bigger audience for poetry and literature in our cities, and I have no doubt even more people will join us as positive word of mouth continues to spread."
Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize.
Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She also serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize.
His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets.
Tyler Meier, Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, writes:
“The Poetry Center is so excited to partner with the Piper Center and other collaborators in Phoenix to bring Camille Rankine and Ocean Vuong to Phoenix audiences. These poets represent distinct elements of an exciting vanguard in contemporary poetry. We’re so thrilled to collaborate and share them with broad audiences in both Tucson and Phoenix.”
Other upcoming Phoenix literary events showcase Amitav Ghosh and Viet Thanh Nguyen. On April 4th, Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Racewill be visiting in Mesa, AZ.
If you love books, the chance to connect with and hear from your favorite authors doesn't have to end after (what we think is) the best weekend in March. Keep up with other upcoming literary events in Arizona by following the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing online.