PEN America Chapter: Arizona

Arizona Chapter Leaders

Michelle Beaver is an author, editor, journalist and dedicated social-justice volunteer. She’s written two health books for Reader’s Digest and John Wiley &  Sons. A book she self-published helped bridge the gap between gay Mormons and their church and was the focus of a National Public Radio program. Michelle has edited fiction and nonfiction books and served as the judge of Fiction500, a national short-story competition. Her forthcoming novel, Cypher Crew, is about five misfits who unite through hip-hop street dance to save Arizona’s oldest high school from getting shut down by greed.

Michelle has reported full time for the Associated Press and Bay Area News Group and has won national journalism awards. For 20 years she’s freelanced for publications such as PHOENIX Magazine, The Oakland Tribune, The Mercury News, Los Angeles Review of Books and the USA Today Network. She’s also served as editor in chief of five national healthcare magazines.


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PEN America in Arizona

PEN America: Arizona

Recent Events

Free Expression and Schools

PEN Arizona assembled thought leaders to discuss the torrent of book bans overtaking free expression in schools and libraries nationwide.

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Band Against the Band; headshots of Arizona Senator Christine Marsh, Darrell Hill, EJ Montini, Taté Walker, Kyle Patton, and Lydia Zulema Martinez Vega

Band Against the Ban in Arizona

Join the PEN Arizona Chapter in Phoenix as it welcomes local leaders and writers in support of free expression during Banned Books Week 2022.

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