10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair

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Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair presents over 20 talks, readings, panels and other literary performances from authors, publishers, and other organizations all over the Southwest. The fair takes place on Friday and Saturday, February 22–23, 2019 at Old Main, ASU Tempe campus (400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281).

Beyond performances of poetry, memoir, and other forms of literature, performers will speak to border issues, incarceration, indigenous writing, bilingualism, military service, the Holocaust, book arts, self-publishing, submitting to journals, and more.

All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to RSVP or be registered for the conference in order to attend. To learn more, keep reading to meet our exhibitors and view the schedule. You can also meet our exhibitorsview the schedule, and RSVP, visit our website at

Meet our exhibitors.

Featuring Barrett, the Honors Colllege,Books of Kell's PressCardboard House PressGlobal Sport InstitueHayden's Ferry ReviewHayley RoseHeard MuseumHolum PressHoot 'n' WaddleHoward GershkowitzInstitute of American Indian ArtsIron City MagazineJennifer SpiegelKay HartfordLuxNormal NoiseOffice for Veteran and Military Academic EngagementPhoenix Art MuseumRead Better Be BetterRed Hen Pressrinky dink pressSuperstition ReviewSusan StoltzTahoma Literary ReviewThe Literary ReviewTolsun BooksUniversity of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative WritingWasted Ink Zine Distro, and Write On, Downtown.

View the Schedule

Friday, Feb. 22

11:30 a.m. — ASU MFA Student Reading
12:30 p.m. — Red Hen Press presents Kate Gale
1 p.m. — Red Hen Press presents Douglas Manuel
1:30 p.m. — Volta Student Mentoring Program Reading
2:30 pm. — Up the Amazon River without a Paddle: Selling Your Book on with Susan Stoltz and Hayley Rose
3 p.m. — The TLR Share Project: A Reading with The Literary Review featuring Jennifer Battisti, David Pischke, Heather Lang Cassera, and Cody Wilson
3:30 p.m. — Comelibros: The Girl Who Eats Books with María Luisa Arroyo
4 p.m. — The Operator with Howard Gershkowitz
4:30 p.m. — Transfer U with Mike Conklin
5 p.m. — Going Indie with Kay Hartford
5:30 p.m. — Off Duty Elvis: A Reading by Las Vegas Poets with Tolsun Books featuring Jennifer Battisti, Heather Lang Cassera, and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña

Saturday, Feb. 23

10 a.m. — Wading through Slush: Submitting Your Work with Superstition Review and Tahoma Literary Review
11 a.m. — Barrett, the Honors College presents an Undergraduate Reading with Lux
11:30 a.m. — The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Community Reading
12:30 p.m. — Rewriting the Literary Landscape: Five IAIA Writers with the Institute of American Indian Arts featuring Jake Skeets, Lemanuel Loley, Joaquín Zihuatanejo, Carla Crujido, and Douglas Suano Bootes
1:30 p.m. — Reading between Lines, Writing behind Bars: Creative Writing and Incarceration with Iron City Magazine and the University of Arizona Poetry Center featuring Jacqueline Aguilar, Cornelia “Corri” Wells, Diana Marie Delgado, Joe Lockard, C. Connor Syrewicz, Winter Roth, and Derik Roof with Naala Brewer
2:30 p.m. — of/from/around La Frontera: A Reading with the University of Texas at El Paso Department of Creative Writing featuring Giancarlo Huapaya and Sylvia A. Zéleny
3 p.m. — A Dream: Poems by a Child Victim of the Holocaust with Books of Kell's Press featuring Kelly M. Houle
3:30 p.m. — And So We Die, Having First Slept with Jennifer Spiegel
4 p.m. — Punk Rock Poetry: Publishing for the People with rinky dink press featuring Rosemarie Dombrowski, Shawnte Orion, Tonissa Saul, Melissa Tramuta, and Katherine Polmanteer
4:30 p.m. — Stories of Service: Creative Writing and the Military with the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement featuring Nancy Dallett, Brett Hunt, Michelle Loposky, Claudi ElDib, and Ryan Wadding
5:30 p.m. — A Bilingual Performance with Cardboard House Press and the Cartonera Collective
7:30 p.m. — De Las Islas: A Celebration of Cuba & Puerto Rico with Natalie Diaz's [archi]TEXTS featuring Achy Obejas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Nicole Sealey