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      Poetry Reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos in Tempe

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      October 25, 2019

      Friday   6:00 PM

      6428 South McClintock Drive
      Tempe, Arizona 85283

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      Poetry Reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos

      Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Changing Hands Tempe (6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283) While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free. The Piper Writers Studio will also be presenting In Search of Magic, a class with Diana Marie Delgado, on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287) and There's a Chameleon in My Prose Poem: The Art of Disguise in Poetry, a pay-what-you-can class with Justin Petropoulous on Wednesdays, October 31 - November 13, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House. To learn more about each class, visit our website at and About the Authors Diana Marie Delgado’s first publication, the chapbook Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust, won the Letterpress Poetry Contest in 2015 and was published by the Center for Book Arts that same year. A graduate of the University of California, Riverside and Columbia University; and a National Endowment for the Arts fellow and recipient of numerous scholarships and grants, she currently resides in Tucson, where she is the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona. Her most recent publication, Tracing the Horse, will be published in the Fall of 2019 by BOA Editions. Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and     (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Columbia Poetry Review, Mandorla, among others, and have been included in the anthologies Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet (Jaded Ibis Press 2015) and The &NOW Awards 3 (Lake Forest College Press 2015). He is currently the program manager for Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Program. About the Books Tracing the Horse: Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self. Eminent Domain: Winner of the 2010 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize selected by Anne Waldman. "The brilliant serial prose poems of EMINENT DOMAIN frame a troubled scintillating world between animate/inanimate realities, bleak and transcendent at the same time. The title references the power of the state to seize a citizen's property, yet this book reclaims and prioritizes human imagination and vision. These are works in the lineage of Rimbaud, keen, sharp, witty, unsentimental yet curiously visceral and emotionally powerful. Justin Petropoulos mirrors back at us a reflection of the diamond-faceted juxtaposed particulars in the face of our Anthropocene Age. Animals abound, caught in civilization's web: moths, cranes, spiders, sparrows, the isosceles comings and goings of ducks, a butterfly or is it a butterfly chair morphing into blue? Snakes disappear 'lassoed off by wind,' a 'chorus of crickets' is 'chirping at Polaris' and lozenges nest in the 'mud-throats of loons.' Petropoulos's steady eye on the larger cosmos also holds: 'She sees an infinite rack of stray planets in a garlic clove....' It's quite a ride. The crystalline surreal phrases keep humming and surprising in this postmodern apocalyptic world. A 'bulldozer's exhaustoria,' a 'mannequin's fennel suit,' refugee camps, strontium 90, 'martial-like curfews,' turret guns, border zones, fluorescent dyes, Styrofoam skies resound 'as if history were a tea-stained sink.' This is a new Waste Land. Welcome an original consciousness from the belly of the beast"—Anne Waldman. This event is presented as a collaboration between Piper Writers Studio and the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. To find more author talks readings, and classes visit our website at or

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