Here’s a relatively comprehensive list of various literary events and activities happening throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Needless to say, we’re doing the best we can, we can’t get everything, and the best way to stay informed is to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and take advantage of other resources.
LOCAL LITERARY RESOURCES
The best way to stay aware and informed of literary events going on here in the Valley is to join the Phoenix Poetry Events group on Facebook (administrated by Aaron Johnson and Bob Nelson). The Arizona State Poetry Society (run by President Carol Christy White) also sends a missive out at the beginning of every month that is extremely helpful. Changing Hands Bookstore and Lawn Gnome Publishing host a ton of events. Hermitag/e is another group to be aware of, too. It’s also worth noting that the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and The Shemer Art Center and Museum have all collaborated with authors in the past and are good people to check in with from time to time as well.
LOCAL CULTURAL RESOURCES
More generally speaking, we might also recommend: joining PHX Downtown facebook; following Tempe Starving Artist and Grand Avenue; subscribing to the Downtown Phoenix Journal and Roosevelt Row Newsletter; reading the Phoenix New Times, JAVA, Localrevibe, YabYum Music and Arts, Things to Do in Phoenix, Between the Peaks Phoenix, and Valley Hype; visiting Welcome to Phoenix; tuning into Radio Phoenix; and, for music, Silver Platter. We might also encourage you to peruse our likes and follows on our social media profiles too.
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CENTRAL/DOWNTOWN — EAST — WEST — NORTH — SOUTH
- Every Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Squash Blossom (701 N. 1st St., Phoenix AZ 85004; moderated by Jacob Shaver)
- Every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Carly’s Bistro (128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix AZ 85004; moderated by Jake Friedman)
- Every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Hob Nob’s Cafe and Spirits (149. W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix AZ 85003; moderated by Cameron Milkins)
- Every Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Armadillo Grill (1904 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix AZ 85016; moderated by Tony Padegimas and Isabel Worden-Klym)
The PHOENIX WRITERS’ CLUB meets the third Saturday of each month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at The Bluewater Grill (1720 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85016; contact Eileen Birin). Please note that, while you have to buy lunch,the Phoenix Writers’ Club brings in guest speakers and you will also probably be hungry to boot.
The POETRY ROUND TABLE meets the second Monday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85283). 7-8 hard copies please. Contact Patte at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A PRIVATE WRITING GROUP generally meets the second Monday of each month from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at The Pyle Adult Recreation Center (655 E Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282). Contact Cynthia at email@example.com for more information.
The EAST VALLEY WRITING WORKSHOP meets:
- Every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Village Inn (1155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa AZ 85202; moderated by Mike Brines)
- Every Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Shadow Mountain Village (8780 E. McKellips Rd., Scottsdale AZ 85257; moderated by Dan Trumpis).
WRITER’S ROUND TABLE meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:45pm at Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85283). 8 – 10 double spaced copies, 1000 words max please. RSVP required. Contact Shari Broyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information/to RSVP.
WRITERS ROUND TABLE OF PHOENIX meets every first and third Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Barnes and Noble (7685 W. Bell Rd., Glendale AZ 85382; contact Walter Goralski or Penina Spinka), but please note that it’s a closed group that shares work in advance and you’ll need to register before you can attend.
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HOMEBASE POETRY (hosted by Harold Branch) is one of the Valley’s longest running open mics and takes place the first and third Sunday of each month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at The Renaissance Hotel (50. E. Adams St., Phoenix AZ 85004). Please note that, if there is a modest cover charge, it is because they are playing awesome music.
The ARIZONA CONSORTIUM FOR THE ARTS OPEN MIC (hosted by Kim “Max” White) takes place the fourth Sunday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Dog Eared Pages (16428 N. 32nd St. Suite 111 Phoenix, AZ 85032).
The SQUASH BLOSSOM OPEN MIC (hosted by Ken Weene) takes place the fourth Sunday of each month from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm at Squash Blossom (705 N. 1st St., Phoenix AZ 85004). Please note that each performer tends to get about seven minutes, so bring some material. To sign up ahead of time, feel free to e-mail Ken at email@example.com
FREE ASSOCIATION POETRY (hosted by Shawnte Orion) takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Glendale Community College (6000 W. Olive Ave. Rm 104, Glendale AZ 85302; with features!)
CAFFEINE CORRIDOR (hosted by Jack Evans, Shawnte Orion and Bill Campana) is one of the Valley’s longest-running open mics and takes place the second Friday of each month from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at 9 the Gallery (1229 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007; with features!).
The BALBOA POET HOUSE (hosted by Deborah Berman and Joe Montano III) takes place the fourth Friday of each month from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at The Balboa Poet House (2197 E. Balboa Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282; with features and snacks!)
PHONETIC SPIT OPEN MIC (hosted by Tomas J. Stanton) takes place the third Saturday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Burton Barr Public Library, 4th Floor (1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85004) and, while focused on youth, is open to everybody!
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The ASU MFA READING SERIES takes place select Thursdays throughout the spring semester at The Tavern on Mill (404 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281; contact allegra dot hyde at gmail dot com for more information). Specifically:
JANUARY 6th: Michael Holladay, Reese Conner, and Corey Campbell
JANUARY 13th: Alexandra Comeaux and Naomi Telushkin
JANUARY 20th: Elissa Hutson, Lauren Espinoza, and Heath Wilcock
STORYLINE (hosted by Dan Hull) takes place the third Friday of each month from 10:30 pm to 12:00 am at Space 55 (636 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
The PHOENIX POETRY SERIES (hosted by Nadine Lockheart and Rosemarie Dombrowski) takes place the fourth Friday of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at 9 the Gallery (1229 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007)