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Arizona rock formation © Author Adventures

Literary Arizona

While Arizona has been home to several major authors, ranging from bestselling authors Zane Grey to adventure writer and historian James Willard Schultz, it offers only a few literary landmarks that are directly connected to them and are open to the public. Fortunately, most are located near other significant attractions, like the Grand Canyon, Old West towns, and Phoenix, so they can be easily added to vacation itineraries.

This literary trail includes a Route 66 hotel and restaurant, a cabin, a memorial to a cartoonist, and a vintage hunting lodge that has become available for Western-style destination weddings.

For information about current and upcoming Arizona literary events and activities, check out the websites of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson (https://poetry.arizona.edu/visit/about-poetry-center) and the Arizona Center for the Book in Phoenix (https://azlibrary.gov/libdev/arizona-center-book.

Click any link below for author and place information featuring: 

A. Bil Keane, Paradise Valley
B. Rita Dove, Tempe (Arizona State University) – coming soon
C-D. Zane Grey, Flagstaff and Payson
E. James Willard Schultz, Greer

Notably, Erma Bombeck and Barbara Park also lived in Arizona, but their homes are not open to the public.

Welcome to the Arizona Author Adventure Trail:

Here is a timeline of the Arizona historical sites:

Approximate dates of major early publications © Author Adventures