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​Author, Writer, and Poet Events at Phoenix Public Library

Join us at Phoenix Public Library for author, writer, and poet events.


An Evening with Carmen Maria MachadoPhoto of writer Carmen Maria Machado

Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQR, Conjunctions, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener-Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

This program is provided in partnership with the Arizona State University Piper Center for Creative Writing

Poetry Center Presents: Hanif AbdurraqibPhoto of poet Hanif Abdurraqib







This program has been CANCELED.

​Poetry Center Presents: Paisley RekdalPhoto of poet Paisley Rekdal

Wednesday, April 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.


Paisley Rekdal is the author of three books of nonfiction, and six books of poetry, including Nightingale. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate. 

This program is provided in partnership with the University of Arizona Center Poetry Center.


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