The Piper Center, which is part of ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, works to increase public access to contemporary literature while serving writers, readers, and other community members. Its programs include an annual writers conference, distinguished visiting writers series, and writing classes and workshops.
The center announced Ríos' appointment in an August 14 e-mail to supporters.
Ríos is replacing Matt Bell, interim director since February, effective immediately.
A regents’ professor at Arizona State University, Ríos became the inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate in 2013. He’s taught English at ASU for more than 30 years, and served since 2003 as the Katharine G. Turner Distinguished Chair in English.