Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

Looking for publishing advice? Frustrated staring at a blank page? The Writer in Residence program brings local authors to the Library to consult with writers of any age, experience, or genre.

This program, generously funded by the Arizona State Library, is a favorite among local writers. To date, the Library has hosted seven Writers in Residence. Each has brought their own special talents to the program to help people with all aspects of the writing process.

Writers in Residence hold office hours and workshops at libraries during their residency. These usually require registration beforehand because of the popularity of the program.

Margaret Regan is our Writer in Residence for Spring 2020!

Aspiring writers, take note! Margaret Regan, will have office hours at the Himmel Park Library and the Martha Cooper Branch Library.

Come on in and get advice, feedback, pointers, and tips on writing during a one-on-one consultation!

  • Martha Cooper Branch Library, Mondays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Himmel Branch Library, Wednesdays, 10:00 am to noon


About Margaret Regan

Margaret Regan is the author of the award-winning book, The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, a 2010 Southwest Book of the Year and a Common Read for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. An editor and writer at the Tucson Weekly, Regan has won many regional and national prizes for her immigration reporting, including the 2013 Al Filipov Peace and Justice Award.

In her latest book, Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire, Regan draws on years of reporting in the Arizona-Mexico borderlands. Regan demonstrates how increasingly draconian detention and deportation policies have broadened police powers, while enriching a private prison industry whose profits are derived from human suffering. She also documents the rise of resistance, profiling activists and young immigrant "Dreamers" who are fighting for the rights of the undocumented.


<p>Margaret Regan, writer in residence for the Pima County Public Library. February through April 2020</p>

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Past Writers in Residence

J.M. Hayes

Many of J.M.’s books have been released to critical acclaim, including Prairie Gothic, which was a “Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of” selection by New York Magazine and Server Down, named “One of the Five Best Mystery Novels of 2009” by Library Journal. In a Booklist starred review, his newest book The Spirit and the Skull was called “a fascinating tale… straddling both mystery and fantasy genres.”

Alice Hatcher
Logan Phillips
Susan Cummins Miller
Marge Pellegrino
Lili DeBarbieri
Adrienne Celt
Janni Lee Simner

The Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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