K-12 Education

Poetry Joeys participants having fun!Young people have a natural capacity for language and a tremendous amount to say about their lives. To nurture and develop these abilities, the Poetry Center offers several programs and spaces designed to encourage young people to express themselves through creative writing. We also offer resources and support for teachers, parents, and artists who inspire youth to read, write, imagine, and play with words. The Poetry Center is dedicated to connecting classroom teachers with contemporary poets and providing the resources necessary to teach and host poetry readings at local schools.

In 2012, the Poetry Center's arts education programs were honored with a Lumies Arts & Business Award. Granted by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Lumies celebrate the outstanding arts “luminaries” that contribute to Tucson and Pima County’s unique creative vitality.

Here are some of the highlights of our award-winning programming for youth, teachers, and parents:

K-12 Calendar of Events 


September 26: Family Day + breakfast concert featuring Tucson Jazz Institute Concord Combo!

October 31: Family Day + breakfast concert featuring Chamber Lab!

November 21: Family Day + breakfast concert featuring Odaiko Sonora!

December 5: Lit Press Fest for Teens

Teach to our Reading Series!

Incorporate the Poetry Center's Reading Series into your curriculum! Here you will find resources such as books that correspond with Poetry Center readings, an extra credit worksheet, and an interview with teacher and poet Christopher Nelson on the how and why of teaching to Poetry Center programming.

Past Programs

Imaginative Writing Residencies

Arizona Board of Regents