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“Poetry is the food of the spirit, and spirit is the instigator and flow of all revolutions.” Since its inception, the Poetry Center has strived to live up to these words from founder Ruth Stephan. With nearly 70,000 items related to poetry in its collection, the Poetry Center is a living archive, a place where the spirit of poetry has served members of the community just like you for over 50 years.
Within this single space you will find opportunities to enjoy readings and lectures, classes and workshops, library exhibitions, field trips, K–12 educational resources, discussion groups, or just a quiet place to sit and read a book. It is, as beloved teacher and friend Steve Orlen said, “The best living room in America for reading poetry.” Welcome; we hope you stay awhile and return often.
• The Poetry Center is a living archive, founded in 1960 to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry.
• The Poetry Center promotes poetic literacy and sustains, enriches, and advances a diverse literary culture.
An internationally renowned poetry library, the Poetry Center sponsors numerous University and community programs, including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, discussion groups, symposia, writing residencies, poets-in-the-schools, poets-in-the-prisons, contests, exhibitions, and online resources, including standards-based poetry curricula. An area of special emphasis within the College of Humanities, the Poetry Center is open and fully accessible to the public.
The Poetry Center is open weekdays and Saturdays during the school year; we are open Monday through Friday during summer months. Visit our contact page for hours of operation and holiday closures. You'll also find a parking map on that page.
Making a purchase at the gift kiosk in the Poetry Center's lobby is a great way to support the Poetry Center. If you purchase a book by featured authors at readings or at meetings of our book club, you will receive 20% off the cover price. And UA faculty, staff, and G.A.T.s receive a 20% discount on all books at all times.