Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Hosts "Writers on Border Lines"

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Authors Reyna Grande, Alberto Rios, Evelyn Cruz and Terry Greene Sterling each know their share about border issues and immigration.

On Thursday, October 21, the four will meet to read from their books and lead an open discussion about the border and immigration -- an issue with which each has had a unique experience.

Thursday's reading and discussion panel is sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and will take place at 7:45 p.m., at Great Hall in the Armstrong building on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The event is free and open to the public.

More info about the event and each panelist after the jump ...

Grande's a local author who was born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents when her parents left to work in the United States. She followed when she was 9 years old as an undocumented immigrant who eventually earned the first college degree in her family.

Rios' father was a Mexican immigrant, whose father came to the United States and served in the military and raised Rios in Nogales, Arizona. Rios has since written about his experiences growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border and currently teaches English at ASU.

Sterling's a journalist. She wrote the New Times for 13 years and is currently a Writer in Residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. She just released her book, a collection of stories about life and death on the border. Jackalope Ranch sat down with Sterling in July to discuss her new book.

Cruz is the director of the Sandra Day O¹Connor College of Law Immigration Law & Policy Clinic at ASU and will also participate in the panel discussion. 

For more information about the event, visit the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing website.

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