The historic President’s Cottage on the ASU Main Campus is the home of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Located on the corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall, the house was constructed in 1907 and served as the home of the university’s president until 1959. Since that time, it has been used by the ASU Alumni Association for administrative offices (1961 to 1972) and as the home of the University Archives (1972 to 1995). The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is especially fitting as a home for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, as Robert Frost visited there twice as the guest of then-President Grady Gammage.
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the Southwest’s creative hub for writers and readers and the artistic and intellectual heart of a newly vibrant, multinational, and culturally diverse world of writers.
The center aspires to:
- touch many lives in many ways;
- foster a thriving creative and literary community and transform the Valley’s cultural environment;
- promote the value that art is integral to all our lives and make it accessible to our community of writers;
- become the driving force for a dynamic and entrepreneurial creative environment that will enrich Arizona and global communities;
- elevate the creative writing graduate program into the ranks of the top five in the nation and the world.