Arizona State University

Eleanor Wilner reading various poems including "The Muse" and "The Apple Was a Northern Invention" at the Arizona State University "Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference."

Eleanor Wilner has published seven books of poems, most recently Tourist in Hell, 2010 (University of Chicago Press); The Girl with Bees in Her Hair, 2004 and Reversing the Spell; New & Collected Poems 1998 (Copper Canyon Press). Her publications include a translation of Euripides’ Medea in the Penn Greek Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, and a book on visionary imagination, Gathering the Winds (The Johns Hopkins University Press). Her poems appear in over 40 anthologies; her awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, the Juniper Prize, three Pushcart Prizes, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has an interdepartmental Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, teaches peripatetically at various colleges and universities--most recently at the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Smith College; and perennially in the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College. She is a lifelong activist for civil rights and peace.

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference brings writers of all levels together for four exhilarating days in sunny Arizona. Participants get the chance to hone their craft in the classroom with distinguished writers, sharing dialogue during classes, readings, and other events. By keeping the number of participants small, we are able to offer an experience that is both intimate and affordable, all while maintaining our commitment to be the premier writers conference in the West.

2012 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference
Feb. 23-26 • ASU Tempe campus


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