Upcoming Exhibitions

Our library exhibits select from our collection of over 70,000 items to present a cohesive view of individual poets, schools of poetry, particular presses, book forms, and more. Stop in and experience our exhibits whenever the Poetry Center is open. For our hours, click here.

06/01/2015 - 08/12/2015

Language and line, phrase and form, syllable and shape: countless ways to explore the relationship between writing and art. This text-activated/juried exhibit includes drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, collages, and sculptural forms by members of PaperWorks. PaperWorks, the Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists, provides educational and creative opportunities for all who work with and on paper, and promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of the paper and book arts through regular and special events. Works by more than 20 artists were selected for this exhibit by Associate Professor Cerese Vaden and Professor Karen Zimmerman, both of the University of Arizona School of Art.

Come to the Poetry Center Library on Thursday, June 4, 5-7 PM for a public reception celebrating PaperWorks: Between Word and Image. The reception will feature remarks by Karen Zimmerman.

08/24/2015 - 9:00am - 11/21/2015 - 2:00pm

What do Ai, Eduardo C. Corral, Mark Doty, Brenda Hillman, Alice Notley, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Richard Siken, and Ofelia Zepeda have in common? These illustrious poets were all born and/or spent their formative years in the region that is sometimes called Baja Arizona. Ranging from Stanfield and Casa Grande to Tucson, Bisbee, and Nogales, this exhibit pays homage to eight of the many wonderful writers whom we are proud to say are from here.

11/30/2015 - 9:00am - 01/23/2016 - 2:00pm

The Poetry Center is interested in building visibility for social justice in our collections. This fall, we begin the process in the anthology section with a project that highlights female and female-identified poets on the shelf and in the catalog. This exhibit explores our discoveries during the project, highlighting issues of representation and intersectionality within anthologies. We also want to hear from you: which groupings of poets should we highlight next? Join us for this exhibit—and help us look toward the future.

Arizona Board of Regents