Stellar Alumni Reading Series

Stellar Alumni Reading Series

Jacqueline Balderrama | Venita Blackburn

Join the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at ASU in welcoming poet Jacqueline Balderrama and fiction writer Venita Blackburn at the Stellar Alumni Reading Series event on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. This event is free of charge, in-person, and open to the public.

It will be held at Tempe Campus in the Pima Auditorium Room 230. The location is Memorial Union (MU) 301 E. Orange St.

This is a great opportunity to hear the works of some of ASU’s star graduates. Learn more about them below to see just how awesome they are!

Jacqueline Balderrama is the author of “Now in Color” (Perugia Press, 2020) and the chapbook “Nectar and Small” (Finishing Line Press, 2019). She serves as a poetry editor for Iron City Magazine, has been involved in the Letras Latinas literary initiative, and the ASU Prison Education Program. Currently, she’s a Virginia G. Piper Fellow-in-Residence and Clinical Assistant Professor at ASU.

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction for her collected stories, “Black Jesus and Other Superheroes” in 2017. She is the founder of the literary nonprofit Live, Write (, which provides free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Blackburn’s second collection of stories, “How to Wrestle a Girl,” was published in the fall of 2021. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.