Yeah, yeah, yeah, Phoenix may not be New York or San Francisco, but we've got our fair share of fun art and literature events. We'll keep you posted of these events (and more!) in our sporadically updated review "So, what's there to do in Phoenix?"

LitEvent: Undergraduate Readings

I’m sure some of you remember the hand-shaking, head-aching life of an undergrad. Lot of work, lot of fear, and, well, oftentimes a lot of cheap booze (not that that’s the point of this post…). Arizona State University’s creative writing undergraduates are coming out in full force this December, however, with two Changing Hand Bookstore readings featuring undergrad writers.

The first on Monday December 24th (tomorrow!) is from 7:00-8:30 PM at Changing Hands (McClintock & Guadalupe). For this reading, entitled “Emerging Writers of ASU,” students submitted both poetry and fiction entries for a chance to be one of the four readers at the event. After some hard decisions, the initial applicant pool was scaled down to ten semi-finalists. These ten had to compete in a final audition and after this, four students were chosen. Two students each will be reading their poetry and fiction entries with a short question and answer session at the end. All community members are invited (and encouraged!) to attend this very exciting reading, in what may promise to be the first of many for these budding authors.

Also, there will also be a showcase reading of the creative nonfiction form on Thursday, December 11 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Changing Hands. ASU instructor, Becky Byrkit and three undergraduate students will present pieces from the genre, and will also be accompanied by a special musical guest. For those interested in creative nonfiction and its (many) various forms, this is a great way to learn more about the genre and hear some local students (and author) read their own pieces.

So come on out and support these (likely shaking and nervous) undergraduate readers! For more Phoenix art and literature events, please see HFR’s calendar.