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Alberto Rios

Piper Center Director and University Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5002
Center Dir & Univ Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5002
Biography: 

Alberto Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate and a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently, Not Go Away Is My Name, preceded by A Small Story about the Sky, The Dangerous Shirt, and The Theater of Night, which received the PEN/Beyond Margins Award.  Published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Ploughshares, and other journals, he has also written three short story collections and a memoir, Capirotada, about growing up on the Mexican border, with a novel forthcoming, A Good Map of All Things.  Ríos is also the host of the PBS programs Art in the 48 and Books & Co.  University Professor of Letters, Regents’ Professor, Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing, and the Katharine C. Turner Chair in English, Ríos has taught at Arizona State University since 1982.  In 2017, he was named director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Education: 
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Arizona 1979
  • B.A. Psychology (Honors), University of Arizona 1975
  • B.A. Literature/Writing (Honors), University of Arizona 1974
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 664Mixed Genres
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 593Applied Project
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 287Beginning Workshop Poetry
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 593Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 664Mixed Genres
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 680Practicum
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 667Issues in Writing Professions