Event: PC Rising Hosts Jimmy Santiago Baca

Join our friends at Phoenix College Rising as the Creative Writing Department hosts Jimmy Santiago Baca. Events include: Viewing of A Place to Stand with focused discussion, Writing Under the Influence led by Baca, and Baca reading from his new book, “When I walk Through That Door, I Am.”

Please visit PC Rising’s Facebook page for more details.


When: Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Phoenix College Dalby Building Room 224, 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Facebook event: A Place to Stand

Based on the memoir of the same name, “A Place to Stand,” is a 90-minute documentary about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s rise from a barely literate inmate at Florence State Prison, to poet, teacher, and inspirational leader. After the film, stick around for a focused discussion about the film.


When: Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: The Clarendon Hotel, 401 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Please visit PC Rising’s Facebook page to purchase tickets.

Facebook event: Writing Under the Influence

This writing experience aims to expand and explore the variety of ways that writers are influenced: drinking and drugs, other writers, art, or supernatural voices. Hosted by a visiting writer who will determine how they respond to the idea of influence, offer a riff on this theme, and then provide participants writing prompts to respond to while enjoying a drink on Clarendon’s SkyDeck rooftop bar. Please bring paper and pen or an electronic device.


When: Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Phoenix College Dome Room, 3310 N 10th Ave. ( Parking is available in the lot on 11th Avenue. And the building entrance is on Flower.)

Facebook event: Live Reading

In his new book, “When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest for Freedom,” the Pushcart Prize winning poet continues his legacy, putting a human face on the crisis of family separation at the United States-Mexico border. Oscillating between prose poetry and more traditional verse, the book-length poem tells the harrowing story of Sophia, a young mother from San Salvador who travels north in search of asylum after her husband’s brutal murder.