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. Each has brought their own special talents to the program to help people with all aspects of the writing process. Writers are funded from February through July each year.

Our current Writer in Residence is Gene Twaronite

One-on-One Sessions

Our summer Writer-in-Residence, Gene Twaronite, will offer eight 30-minute one-on-one sessions per week, by appointment in May, June, and July 2023.

Sign up for one of Gene's sessions in our calendar.

Talk to him regarding all aspects of your writing and publishing journey.

Upcoming Workshops with Gene

About Gene Twaronite

Gene Twaronite is the author of four poetry collections. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. His first poetry book, Trash Picker on Mars, published by Kelsay Books, was the winner of the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Arizona poetry. His latest poetry collection is Shopping Cart Dreams.

Gene is an accomplished essayist and children’s fiction writer. He has written and published eleven books, including two essay collections, one young adult novel, and a middle grade novella, along with a collection of his children’s stories, Dragon Daily News: Stories of Imagination for Children of All Ages. His first picture book, How to Eat Breakfast, was recently published by Lyric Power Publishing in Tucson.

He is a retired Senior Instructional Specialist for the University of Arizona. Gene currently leads a poetry workshop for the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program.

Visit Gene at www.genetwaronitepoet.com
Instagram @genetwaronitepoetry

Past Writers in Residence

Estella González is the author of the award-winning short story collection, Chola Salvation, published by Arte Público Press in April 2021. Her work has also been published by Kweli Journal, Huizache, Asteri(x) Journal, and other literary journals. Her poetry has been anthologized in What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse by Lost Horse Press.

Her stories have garnered numerous distinctions and awards including Cornell University's Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing, a Pushcart Prize “Special Mention” and a “Reading Notable” for The Best American Non-Required Reading. At the annual International Latino Book Awards, she received a “Rising Star” award for Chola Salvation, which won gold medals for “Best First Book” and “Best Short Story Collection.” Additionally, her short story manuscripts have been finalists for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature.

Estella González was born and raised in East Los Angeles, which inspires her writing. She received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and her MFA in fiction from Cornell University. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two cats.


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

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