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.