Issue 25

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Issue 25 Launch Party featuring Tara Ison.

Tara Ison

Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List (Scribner), A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the “Best Books of Summer” in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2013.  Her essay collection, Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies, Winner of the PEN Southwest Book Award for Best Creative Nonfiction, and her short story collection Ball, were both published in 2015 by Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. 

Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, Salon, Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus,, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Publisher’s Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies.  She is also the co-writer of the cult movie Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. 

She is the recipient of 2020 and 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women’s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award.

Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College.  She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert’s MFA in Creative Writing program.  She is currently Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University.

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Presented with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, and Arizona Humanities.

Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez’s debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She is currently a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

sam sax

sam sax is a queer, Jewish, writer & educator. He is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes & bury it (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. sam has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Lambda Literary, & the MacDowell Colony.

Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder’s most recent book is Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017), an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, which the New York Times Book Review called “a roaring success.” His new collection, Father's Day was published by Copper Canyon in September 2019.

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Presented with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest, and the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts.

Nikky Finney

Poet Nikky Finney was born in 1957 in South Carolina. The daughter of a lawyer and teacher, Finney’s parents were both active in the Civil Rights movement and her childhood was shaped by the turmoil and unrest of the South in the 1960s and ‘70s. In an interview with the Oxford American, Finney noted: “I've never been far away from the human-rights struggle black people have been involved with in the South. That has been one of the backdrops of my entire life.”

Finney’s engagement with political activism has also influenced her trajectory as a poet. Carefully weaving the personal and political, Finney’s poetry is known for its graceful, heartfelt synthesis of the two. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Nikki Giovanni, Finney’s poems explore subjects ranging from the human devastation of Hurricane Katrina to Rosa Parks to the career path of Condoleezza Rice.

Speaking about her latest book, the National Book Award-winner Head Off & Split (2011), Finney told the Lexington Herald-Leader: “I know the sound of the '60s and '70s. There was a lot of standing with signs, there was a lot of shouting. I wanted to be a poet who didn't shout, who said things but said them with the most beautiful attention to language … I've been really working on this for 30 years, exploring how those two paths intersect, the path where the beautifully said thing meets the really difficult-to-say thing, and that's where I think this book finds its light.” - Poetry Foundation

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent, and Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. Nye is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including a Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Carity Randall Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010-2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Nye’s experience of both cultural difference and different cultures has influenced much of her work. Known for poetry that lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects, Nye has said that, for her, “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” Nye continues to live and work in San Antonio, Texas. -Poetry Foundation

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University of Arizona Poetry Center reading co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program, and Superstition Review.

Charles Simic

Charles Simic is a Serbian-American poet and former co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn't End, and was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for Selected Poems, 1963-1983 and in 1987 for Unending Blues. 

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Readings in Phoenix are presented in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum and with support from lead sponsor the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, with additional support from the ASU Creative Writing Program, the Literary & Prologue Society, and Superstition Review

Ada Limon

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

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Fall 2017 Reading 2

This reading was presented by the UA Poetry Center and hosted by Natalie Diaz as part of the ArchiTEXTS: A Conversation Across Languages program. Poetry Center readings in Phoenix are a collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum with support from lead sponsor the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, with additional support from the ASU Creative Writing Program, the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, the Literary & Prologue Society, and Superstition Review.

Rita Dove

Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. From 1981 to 1989 she taught creative writing at Arizona State University - the final two years as the first and only African-American full professor in ASU's English Department. Rita Dove's most recent book, Collected Poems 1974-2004, received the 2017 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. Among her many other honors are the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton (making her the only poet with both national medals) and 25 honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Letters from Arizona State University in 1995.

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Fall 2017 reading 1

Layli Long Soldier and Timothy Yu read at the UA Poetry Center on November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Readings in Phoenix are presented in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and with support from lead sponsor the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, with additional support from the ASU Creative Writing Program, the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, the Literary & Prologue Society, and Superstition Review.

Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier is Oglala Lakota—her family is from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and northwestern Idaho. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a two-time recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship. She is also a recipient of the 2009 Naropa University Poetry Scholarship. She has served as editor-in-chief for “Native Language Network” and other publications for the Indigenous Language Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2009).

Timothy Yu

Timothy Yu’s debut poetry collection, 100 Chinese Silences (2016), was the Editor’s Selection in the NOS Book Contest from Les Figues Press. He is the author of three chapbooks: 15 Chinese Silences (Tinfish); Journey to the West (Barrow Street), winner of the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman; and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger (Corollary). He is also the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Literature since 1965 (Stanford) and the editor of Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street). His poems and essays have recently appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, TYPO, and Cordite Poetry Review. He is professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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spring 2017 readings

Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is a poet, translator, essayist, and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include two novels, As A Friend and Trace; the poetry collections Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, Science & Steepleflower; and the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, and he has received two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry.

Ocean Vuong

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. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Camille Rankine

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 is serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and lives in New York City.

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University of Arizona Poetry Center reading co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program, and Superstition Review.

Robert Hass

Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures. He was the guest editor of the 2001 edition of Best American Poetry. His essay collection Now & Then, which includes his Washington Post articles, was published in April 2007. As US Poet Laureate (1995-1997), his deep commitment to environmental issues led him to found River of Words (ROW), an organization that promotes environmental and arts education in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman is the author of nine collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor.

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University of Arizona Poetry Center reading co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program, and Superstition Review.

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006); Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2014, he was named a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and lives in Pittsburgh with his family.

Terrance Hayes Reading

University of Arizona Poetry Center reading co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program, Superstition Review, and ASU-Performance in the Borderlands, featuring Terrance Hayes.

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006); Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2014, he was named a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and lives in Pittsburgh with his family.

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Mark Doty Reading

Mark Doty

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), and Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.

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Reading and Craft Talk with Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press, 2013). He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. In 2015, Soho Press will publish his next novel, Scrapper, followed in 2016 by a new short story collection. His stories have been published in magazines such as Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, Ninth Letter, Unstuck, Fairy Tale Review, Guernica, and Hobart, as well as anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy. His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Spork, Barn Owl Review, Waxwing, Tupelo Quarterly, and Big Lucks, among other venues.

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UMOM Run for Homeless Families

UMOM Run for Homeless Families

Superstition Review interns participated in UMOM’s 6th annual 5K Run for Homeless Families at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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Reading: May 1, 2014

Melissa Pritchard read from her new novel Palmerino at Mesa Center for the Arts.

Melissa Pritchard

Melissa Pritchard, Professor of English at Arizona State University and author of eight books of fiction and a biography, has received numerous awards, including Flannery O'Connor Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Widely published, she has received the O.Henry Prize and Pushcart Prize, twice each, and her non-fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, the Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions and the Chicago Tribune. An essay on her recent trip down the Omo River in Ethiopia will appear in the July/August issue of ARRIVE, Amtrak's magazine. She is the founder of the Ashton Goodman Fund, the Afghan Women's Writing Project.

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Reading: September 13, 2013

We were pleased to host Laurie Notaro for the event "Cracking Up! Humor between the Lines in Literature and Writing."

Laurie Notaro

Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, spent the remainder of her formative years in Phoenix, and now lives in Eugene OR. She is the New York Times Best-selling author of the humor memoirs Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies, We Thought You Would Be Prettier, There's a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell, and The Idiot Girls. Her most recent book, on sale here, is Potty Mouth at the Table. Publisher’s Weekly noted, "Notaro is sharp, relatable, and pithy; a dynamic combination." 

Issue 11

Reading, March 13, 2013

We were thrilled to host Teague von Bohlen (Superstition Review Issue 10) to Polytechnic Campus during Project Humanities week for his talk, "Superheroes in Narrative: Comics Come of Age in Print and Film."


Teague von Bohlen

Teague von Bohlen is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where he also serves as Faculty Advisor for the student newspaper The Advocate. His fiction has been most recently seen in South Dakota Review and Hawaii Pacific Review, and his first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for fiction. He's currently finishing up a college-survival-guidebook called Snarktastic, a second novel, and a collection of flash fiction/photography.


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Issue 10 Launch Party

Christopher Jagmin

Christopher Jagmin attended the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, where he studied graphic design and silkscreen printing. After graduating in 1981 with an AB, Christopher Jagmin moved to Austin, Texas. There, he started his career as a graphic designer. Moving up through the ranks at small Design Studios, he moved on to Boston where he continued his career as an award winning Art Director and Creative Director. Opening his own Design and Illustration shop in 1992, his clients included many Fortune 500 companies, children book publishers, and small start-ups located throughout North America.

Issue 9

Reading: March 12th, 2012

A public Craft Q&A was held from 1-2 p.m. at Piper Writers House. The reading was at 7:45 pm Pima Auditorium Memorial Unionco. This event was sponsored by The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Ray Gonzalez

Ray Gonzalez is the author of ten books of poetry and three collections of essays. His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry (Scribners) and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2000 (Pushcart Press). He is Full Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Reading: November 9th, 2012

Nov 9, 2011, 7 pm Pima Auditorium Campus Memorial Union.

Mary Sojourner

Mary Sojourner is the author of the essay collection, Bonelight: ruin and grace in the New Southwest, as well as novels, memoirs and short story collections. Her latest novel, Going Through Ghosts is set in the gorgeous and besieged landscape of Nevada. She is an NPR commentator and has taught writing throughout the West for twenty years. She lives in Flagstaff after a far too long three year exile elsewhere. You can read her work at:

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Reading: April 13th, 2011

Alison Hawthorne Deming conducted this reading at the Education Lecture Hall EDC Room 117, ASU Tempe Campus.

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of four poetry books, most recently Rope (Penguin Poets, 2009). This was preceded by Science and Other Poems, which won the Walt Whitman Award. She has published three nonfiction books, Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real. Her work has been widely published and anthologized, including in The Norton Book of Nature Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Among her awards are two NEA Fellowships, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Bayer Award in Science Writing from Creative Nonfiction, Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod, and the Best Essay Gold GAMMA Award from the Magazine Association of the Southeast. She is a Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.

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Reading: November 8th, 2010

November 8th, 2010, at 7 P.M. in the Pima Auditorium in the MU.

Melissa Pritchard

Melissa Pritchard is the author of four short story collections, The Odditorium (forthcoming January 2010 from Bellevue Literary Press), Spirit Seizures, The Instinct for Bliss, and Disappearing Ingenue; three novels, Phoenix, Selene of the Spirits and Late Bloomer; as well as Devotedly, Virginia, a biography of Arizona philanthropist Virginia Galvin Piper. Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Paris Review, A Public Space, Agni, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review and Image: Art, Mystery and Faith. Book reviews, essays and journalism pieces have appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, The Nation, the New York Times Book Review and Chicago Tribune Books.

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Reading: April 20th, 2010

In the spring of 2010, Superstition Review welcomed the poet Franz Wright to campus. The reading and book signing were held on Tuesday, April 20th at the Pima Auditorium (Room 230) in the Memorial Union at 7:30 pm. The following day, April 21, a public craft Q&A was held at 11:00 am at the Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus. Both events were co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Franz Wright

Franz Wright, born in Austria and educated at Oberlin College, received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his book of poetry Walking to Martha's Vineyard. Critics have praised Wright for his poetry, stating that "Wright oscillates between direct and evasive dictions, between the barroom floor and the arts club podium, from aphoristic aside to icily poetic abstraction." The Boston Review has said of Wright's poetry, "among the most honest, haunting, and human being written today."

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reading 3: November 30th, 2009

This reading took place at the Pima Auditorium, Memroial Union, ASU Tempe Campus.

Carol Ann Bassett

Carol Ann Bassett is the author of three works of literary nonfiction: Galápagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin's Cradle of Evolution; A Gathering of Stones: Journeys to the Edges of a Changing World, and Organ Pipe: Life on the Edge. Her essays have been published in the American Nature Writing series and other nature anthologies. Bassett was a regular contributor to The New York Times and Time-Life, and was an independent producer for National Public Radio. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Condé Nast Traveler and numerous other national publications. She teaches sat the University of Oregon.

reading 2: October 29th, 2009

This reading took place at the Black Box Theater, ASU Polytechnic Campus.

Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe is Diné and was raised by her family and relatives on the Navajo reservation. She has written and co-authored four books. Her most recent book, Tseyi, Deep in the Rock won the 2007 Glyph award for Best Poetry and Best Book by Arizona Book Association and is listed as a Southwest Book of the Year 2005 by Tucson Pima Library. She is currently working on a book of oral history on the Navajo Code Talkers. She is the 2006 Dan Schilling Public Scholar for the Arizona Humanities Council. She wrote a commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio, for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra that made its world premiere in February 2008.

Reading 1: September 21st, 2009

First Reading at Changing Hands in Tempe Arizona September 21, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Rita Ackerman

Rita Ackerman was born near Dodge City, Kansas. She has always been fascinated with the Old West. Wanting to know about her father's family she began doing research on her family history and became a professional genealogist in 1990. This lead to more and more research in Arizona history and her book O.K. Corral Postscript: The Death of Ike Clanton. Rita has also been published in Wild West Magazine, The Journal of the National Outlaw-Lawmen Association, and is a regular contributer to the Tombstone Times Historical Journal. She is newsletter editor of the Phoenix Writers Club and a co-leader of the Writers Inspiration Group.

Annie Lopez

Since 1982, Annie Lopez has exhibited her artwork at galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution; The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; Tucson Museum of Art; Mesa Contemporary Arts and the Tempe Center for the Arts. Her work is currently on exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Text has appeared in her photographic prints for over twenty years. For the past ten years, Lopez has presented her stories as performance art at venues throughout Arizona, and has only recently let them stand on their own.

Stella Pope Duarte

Critics have described Stella Pope Duarte as one of the writers who will enlarge humanity. Born and raised in the Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix, she is second to the last in a family of eight children. Her books include: Fragile Night, Let Their Spirits Dance, and, If I Die in Juárez, which won two Gold Medals in 2009 in the category of Multicultural Fiction, and an Honorable Mention in the International Latino Book Awards. If I Die in Juárez was also named a Top Pick in the 2008 Southwest Books of the Year Award, and was the winner of the 2008 Arizona Book of the Year Award for Best in Popular Fiction. In 2008, she received the 34th Annual Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from the University of California at Irvine.

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reading 2: April 20th, 2009

This reading took place in the Cooley Ballroom, ASU Polytechnic Campus.

Briana Conatser

Briana Conatser was born and raised in Winslow, Arizona. Graduating from Winslow High School, Briana was the Valedictorian of the class of 2006. She plans to graduate a semester early with a BA in English-Creative Writing in December of 2009.

Dolmii Dee Remeliik

Dolmii Dee Remeliik is from Palau, a group of small islands in the South Pacific. She is a senior in Creative Writing, and hopefully one day will write and publish children's literature as well.

Kimberly Jakubowski

Kimberly Jakubowski graduated from Highland High School and spent her freshman year at the University of Arizona, then transferred to ASU. She is currently a sophomore, pursuing a double major in English (creative writing) and Psychology with a minor in History.

Melissa Tse

Melissa Tse is a junior in Chinese and English literature. She competes nationally for ASU Forensics and has been a recipient of both the Jules Anatole and Swarthout prize in fiction.

Reading 1: March 16th, 2009

Our first reading of the semester featured writers from the ASU Tempe Creative Writing Faculty. Thanks to our collaboration with the Poly CSA, our menu included: Swiss Chard Boules Stuffed with Chili Pepper Risotto, Roasted Vegetable Dumplings with Dipping Sauce, Local Orange Pico de Gallo with Tortilla Chips, and Lemonade. An article about the reading appeared in the East Valley Tribune.

Cynthia Hogue

Cynthia Hogue has published five collections of poetry: Where the Parallels Cross, The Woman in Red, The Never Wife, Flux, and The Incognito Body. Her poems have been praised for their intelligence, elegant compression, and chiseled syntax.

Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi is the author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie (in collaboration with the artist); The Girls Next Door; Magician; and The Pirate Princ, co-written with Cape Cod treasure hunter Barry Clifford, about Clifford's discovery of the pirate ship Whydah.

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Reading 3: November 17th, 2008

This reading took place at the Cooley Ballroom, ASU Polytechnic Campus.

Monica Van Steenberg

Monica Van Steenberg lives in Mesa, Arizona. She will be finishing her bachelor's degree in Literature, Writing and Film in December and is immediately beginning work on her Master in Education in January. Monica works as an academic advisor in the Hugh Downs School.

Dominick Hernandez

Dominick Hernandez was born and raised in New York. Currently he is beginning his junior year at ASU-Polytechnic Morrison School of Business in pursuit of this Business Administration degree. He has performed in the Westchester Community College Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Café, Superstition Review Reading Series, and CET Artist Mic Night.

Tufik "Tom" Shayeb

Tufik "Tom" Shayeb has been writing poetry since 1997. In addition to appearing in several local anthologies, he has published two chapbooks, to date, titled Cracked Verses (2007) and I'll Love You to Smithereens (2008), the second of which was expanded into a full length manuscript. In 2007, he was one of the National Forensic Association's Poetry Interpretation semi-finalists, and then in 2008 he advanced to the American Forensic Association's National Poetry Interpretation quarter-finalist rounds.

Reading 2: October 13th, 2008

Our second reading of the semester featured faculty members from local community colleges.

Hershman John

Hershman John is a full-time faculty member at Phoenix College and teaches part-time at ASU. John has been published in a wide variety of magazines, including Hayden's Ferry Review, Journal of Navajo Education, Arizona Highways, Puerto del Sol, and Family Matters: Poems of Our Families. His book of poetry, I Swallow Turquoise for Courage, was released in Fall 2007. His writing is deeply embedded in the Navajo Indian culture in which he was raised. To read more about John visit:

Patrick Michael Finn

Patrick Michael Finn's first book, the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich, was published in 2008 by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center as winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Competition. A winner of several fiction awards, including a Pushcart Prize Distinguished Story Citation, the AWP Intro Award, and the Third Coast Fiction Prize, Finn's fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Punk Planet, and Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories 2004. Finn completed his M.F.A. at the University of Arizona. In 2007, he founded and currently coordinates the Creative Writing Program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Lois Roma-Deeley

Lois Roma-Deeley has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels for more than 25 years and is the author of two collections of poetry. Rules of Hunger, her first full-length poetry collection, earned her a National Book Award nomination. Roma-Deeley has won numerous awards and honors for her poetry, including awards for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition and the Emily Dickinson Poetry Competition. She has published in seven national anthologies, including the American Book Award winner Looking For Home and Letters to the World. To read more about Roma-Deeley visit:

Josh Rathkamp

Josh Rathkamp received degrees from Western Michigan University and Arizona State University. His first book of poetry, Some Nights No Cars At All, was published by Ausable Press in September 2007. His poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Meridian, Gulf Coast, Prism International, Indiana Review, Puerto Del Sol, Passages North, Rosebud, Rhino, and Sycamore Review. He is the coordinator of creative writing at Mesa Community College. To read more about Rathkamp visit:

Reading 1: September 8th, 2008

Our first reading of the semester featured contributors to Issue 1.

Richard Toon

Richard Toon was born in England and has kept a notebook since he was fourteen. Since 2004, he has worked as a senior research analyst at The Morrison Institute for Public Policy, at Arizona State University. In 2006, he was awarded a residency at the artist colony Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he worked on Pictures at an Exhibition, an essay collection.

Jeannine Savard

Jeannine Savard is an Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. She has served as Director for the Concentration in Creative Writing for Undergraduate English Majors at ASU for the past four years, and has been a core faculty member in the MFA Creative Writing Program since 1992. She has published several volumes of poetry, and her most recent poems have appeared in  Superstition Review, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Salt River Review, and the new Cadence of Hooves, A Celebration of Horses, a Poetry Anthology.

Erica Maria Litz

Erica Maria Litz has been an Adult Education Specialist for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for nine years. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University in 2002. Her poetry has been influenced by her Colombian heritage and the musical roots of Latin America. Erica's work has been published in Volume 19 of The Caribbean Writer and Volume 1, Issue 2 of quietShorts.

Scott Hermanson

Scott Hermanson is an English Instructor at Arizona State University. Before coming to ASU, he taught at Dana College in Nebraska and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His previous publications have all been in literary and cultural criticism, exploring the intersection of nature and contemporary fiction in works of Richard Powers, Mike Davis and Walt Disney World. His most recent work, an interview with the novelists Richard Powers and Tom LeClair, appeared in Electronic Book Review.

Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone is author of the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), the memoir collection Close to the Bone (Grove), and Laughing in the Dark (Ecco), a collection of her writing on comic performance. A longtime writer for the Village Voice (1975-99), she has been theater critic for The Nation, critic-at-large on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, a member of The Bat Theater Company, and a regular writer for Ms., New York Woman, and Viva.


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Reading 3: April 28th, 2008

The third reading of the series featured our creative writing students and the launch of our premier issue.

Sarah Snyder

Junior, Writing, Literature and Film major from Tempe, Arizona

Michaela Stephens

Senior, Writing, Literature and Film major from Freeport, Illinois

Alisha Allston

Senior, English Literature major from Phoenix, Arizona

Sara Scoville

Senior, BIS major (Creative Writing and Business) from Omaha, Nebraska

Reading 2: March 31st, 2008

The second reading of the series featured Charles Jensen, Beth Staples, Aimee Baker, Matthew Brennan, and Marqueshia Wilson, all writers from the ASU Virginia G. Piper Center for creative writing.

Charles Jensen

Charles Jensen is the author of The Nanopedia Quick-Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture (2012 MiPOESIAS Chapbook Series) and The First Risk, which was published in 2009 by Lethe Press and was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. His previous chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O'Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). A past recipient of an Artist's Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner.


Beth Staples

Beth Staples received her MFA in Fiction Writing from ASU in 2007, where she taught composition and creative writing before joining the Piper Center Staff as Managing Editor. Her work is forthcoming in The Portland Review and Phoebe.

Aimée Baker

Aimée Baker received a B.A. in History and Creative Writing from St. Lawrence University. She works at the Piper Center coordinating the Piper Online Book Club and assisting with grants and programs. She is a fiction student in the MFA program at ASU, recipient of the 2007 1st place Swarthout Prize for poetry and 2nd place for fiction, a 2007 Piper Travel Fellow for India and China, as well as a 2007 Piper Summer Fellow. She is also a prose editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. Her work is forthcoming in The Southeast Review.

Matthew Brennan

Matthew Brennan is a second-year MFA student in fiction at ASU, where he works as the Graduate Assistant for Global Engagement at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and is a prose editor for the Hayden's Ferry Review. He is a novelist and screenwriter, and his short fiction has received several awards, including Colgate University 's Lasher Prize, and an honorable mention for ASU's Swarthout Award.

Marqueshia Wilson

Marqueshia Wilson graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English. Before joining the Piper Center for Creative Writing staff she taught first-year composition as part of Writing Programs. She is a second year fiction student in the MFA program at ASU, a 2007 Piper Travel Fellow to Canada, a 2008 Piper Travel Fellow to China, and an aspiring novelist.

Reading 1: February 25th, 2008

The first reading of the series featured the work of ASU's Polytechnic Creative Writing faculty, Patricia Murphy, Kristin LaCroix, Elizabyth Hiscox and Douglas Jones.

Patricia Colleen Murphy

Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, and American Poetry Review. She has received awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets, Glimmer Train Press, The GSU Review, and The Southern California Review. She just received an Artist's Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Kristin LaCroix

Kristin LaCroix teaches creative writing at Arizona State University. She is the recipient of the 2001 Katherine C. Turner Award in Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Her community outreach projects include working with Alzheimer's patients through poetry, and teaching in the Tempe Community Writers' Project.

Elizabyth Hiscox

Elizabyth Hiscox is program Director at  Piper's Center for Creative Writing. An Assistant Poetry Editor for the online journal 42 Opus, she was also a 2007 Poet-in-Residence at St. Chad 's College of Durham University, England. Her work has most recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Foundation, and The Journal of Modern Literature, and is soon to be featured as part of the Seventh Avenue Streetscape in central Phoenix.

Douglas S. Jones

Douglas S. Jones teaches creative writing and composition at ASU. He has worked as part of Poesia del Sol at Mayo Clinic, a program that won the Governor's Arts Award for writing poetry for palliative care patients. He recently served as Poet in Residence at St. Chad 's College at the University of Durham, England. He has poems placed in Blackbird, Clackamas Literary Review, Cake Train, Potomac Review, and others.