Readings & Talks

Discover the literary arts in Tempe

Discover the literary arts in Tempe

Tempe’s college-town vibe celebrates the arts and plays host to poets, authors and inspiring speakers. From Changing Hands Bookstore to the ASU Tempe campus, maybe you will meet your favorite scribe or speaker.

Jan 26 - May 31

Arizona Heritage Center: Rebuilding Home Plate

Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

January 26, 2023 - May 31, 2023

Arizona Heritage Center’s newest exhibit, Rebuilding Home Plate, tells the stories of Japanese Americans who were stripped of their constitutional rights during World War II and how “America’s Pastime” was a means of enduring and escaping their imprisonment.

Jan 27 - Jan 28

Poetics: A RaceB4Race Symposium

Carson Ballroom, Old Main ASU Tempe

January 27, 2023 - January 28, 2023

Poetics: A RaceB4Race Symposium will invite scholars and poets to examine the ways race can, should, and/or does function within poetic paradigms.

Feb 3

Faith in Action Prayer Breakfast

Wyndham Phoenix Airport/ Tempe

February 3, 2023

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Faith in Action Prayer Breakfast, taking place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Wyndham Phoenix Airport/Tempe Hotel.

Feb 4

State of Islam in Black America

Tempe History Museum

February 4, 2023

Tempe History Museum presents State of Islam in Black America, a lecture from acclaimed author and speaker Qasim Amin Nathari, which will examine the past, assess the present and look toward the future of Islam in Black America.

Feb 7 - Feb 14

Museum of the Moon at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

February 7, 2023 - February 14, 2023

Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram inspires awe with a 23-foot diameter glowing moon that provides detailed views of the lunar surface fused with a stellar soundtrack by composer Dan Jones.

Feb 16

African Futures and Urban Imaginaries

ASU Tempe Campus

February 16, 2023

Presented by the Institute for Humanities Research, African Futures and Urban Imaginaries invites you to a free and dynamic interdisciplinary panel composed of artists, writers and intellectuals explore the roles that arts and the imagination play in envisioning global futures.

Feb 17 - Feb 19

Spac2Inspire Weekend at ASU

ASU Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field

February 17, 2023 - February 19, 2023

ASU’s Space2Inspire Weekend will include a poetry reading by Sian Proctor, an Afro-Futurism panel discussion, a screening of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Engaging STEM and STEAM activities and more!

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