Mission Statement

Cholla Needles is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Cholla Needles publishes a monthly literary magazine and books by local and visiting writers who love the desert.

Cholla Needles hosts literary events, locally and elsewhere, by sponsoring and publicizing the works of local and visiting writers. 

Cholla Needles offers mentoring, workshops, and publishing activities for aspiring writers of all ages and provide free public access to our poetry, prose, and art library by appointment. 

Cholla Needles works with public, private, and municipal organizations to heighten awareness of the benefits provided by the arts in our daily lives.

Our motto: 

a poem is a mere cholla needle
imbedded painfully deep through the skin
when withdrawn the scar lengthens
and the pain worsens
time heals the pain
the scar remains forever.