Congratulations to our Poetry Out Loud Regional Finalists, 1st place winner Zaskia Villa, 2nd place Lena Blackmon, and 3rd place Caitlin McCormick. All three will perform and compete at the State Finals Competition on March 12th in Phoenix. Photo credit to Jeff Smith.

The Poetics and Politics of Water is a four-part series organized by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English, featuring four contemporary American Indian writers: Sherwin Bitsui, Simon J. Ortiz, Ofelia Zepeda, and Natalie Diaz. Dr. Larry Evers and Ofelia Zepeda discuss the series and its import to region, native communities, contemporary politics, and poetry in this video

Beginning in the winter of 2012, journalist Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy documented the “landay,” an oral folk tradition sung in secret between Pashtun women in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The resulting photos and translations are on exhibit at the Poetry Center through the end of May. Additionally, the artists present March 5th at 6pm. After stay for a free public reception; wine, cookies, and fruit will be served.

This poetry workshop will take you deep within the experience of poetic rhythm, opening channels to greater self-exploration and self-expression. Annie Finch will teach the course at 10am on March 15th. Register now, spots are limited!

On March 14 and 15, the Poetry Center will be at the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books in the book fair at booth #99, on the mall near the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Come visit us, say hi to Poetry Center docents and staff, and enjoy free postcards designed by artist Alice Vinson featuring quotes from major poets who have visited the Poetry Center.

March 12th at 7pm The Poetics and Politics of Water, a series curated by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English at the UA, presents Ofelia Zepeda, who will read from her work. After the reading there will be a short Q&A session and a book signing.

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Artists' Talk and Screening: "Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan"
03/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan is an exhibition of photographs by Seamus Murphy that illustrate the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the... Read more
"Poetry In the Gardens" Series
03/07/2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am
At its core, poetry asks of us, “Who am I, and how do I see myself in the larger context of world?” Docents from Tucson Botanical Gardens and the University of Arizona Poetry Center... Read more
Poetics and Politics Reading: Ofelia Zepeda
03/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Poetics and Politics of Water, a series curated by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English at the UA, presents Ofelia Zepeda, who will read from her work. After the... Read more
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