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.

02/23/2015 - 05/22/2015

In collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Center is proud to bring Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan to Tucson. This exhibit illuminates the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Meant to be recited or sung aloud, the landay is a couplet of 22 syllables. The exhibit, on display at the Poetry Center through May 22, features photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating life in Afghanistan and landays by Pashtun women translated from Pashto by Eliza Griswold, who has been nominated for a 2015 PEN Literary Award in translation.

You can learn more about landays in this excellent article by Eliza Griswold at the Poetry Foundation website.

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, the Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists.

Arizona Board of Regents