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The Poetry Center is proud to host an exhibition of the works of photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy, containing images of Afghanistan created over a period of 18 years.


Presenting a collection of new work by Bay Area Artist Karen Green. Lie Quietly opens September 26 and runs until December 10th.  Join us for a reception September 26th from 5-6:30 p.m.

We're thrilled to announce that The University of Arizona Poetry Center has been awarded an Art Works grant to support the 53rd year of the Center's acclaimed Readings and Lecture Series.  The $20,000 award will support expenses incurred by the series in bringing poets and artists to Tucson for free engagements open to the community and slated throughout the program year.  Art Works grants are funded based on the recommendation of a peer review panel. The Poetry Center's proposed project most directly addresses the core Art Works outcomes of engagement with the arts and lifelong learning through the arts.  "The support of the NEA is both symbolically and practically very important for the Poetry Center," notes Executive Director Tyler Meier.  ...


The UA Poetry Center presents an exhibition of lesbian and feminist works from the personal archives of Chicago-area writer, historian, activist and publisher Marie J. Kuda in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.  “Lesbian and Feminist Works from the Marie J. Kuda Archives” opens May 19 and will run until July 30, 2014.

The exhibit will include a wide range of materials; from books to small pamphlets to postcards to typescripts, the materials on display tell the story of feminist and particularly lesbian poets creating a language for their experiences. Some of the materials on display had very limited distribution, and they present a unique snapshot of this important political and social movement.

The titles of the books really emphasize this: Ready to...


Gail Browne, former executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, has been named the executive director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Phoenix.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, founded in 1985, manages Phoenix’s acclaimed public art program, a national model for involving artists in the design of city infrastructure. The office also administers a grants program; promotes arts learning; conducts research; advocates for the arts; provides information and technical assistance to artists and cultural organizations; and oversees the city’s cultural planning. 

Ms. Browne assumed her position at the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture on March 3, 2014.  She served as executive director of the University of Arizona...


The Poetry Center is proud to announce receipt of a 2014 Governor’s Arts Award. The University of Arizona Poetry Center accepted the award presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor at Mesa Arts Center the evening of March 25th in the category of “Community.”  The Poetry Center was chosen as winner from among fifteen other nominees in the category.


The University of Arizona Foundation (UAF) has awarded the Poetry Center with a Community Connections Grant in support of the Poetry Center's 
2013-14 Reading and Lecture Series. The grant will be used to directly offset the expenses of hosting visiting writers and producing outreach events during their visit. To read the press release, click here.


Celebrated Poet and University of Arizona Alumnus Alberto Álvaro Ríos Named Poet Laureate

The University of Arizona Poetry Center today applauded Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commission on the Arts on the appointment of University of Arizona alumnus Alberto Álvaro Ríos as Arizona’s first Poet Laureate.  Arizona’s Poet Laureate post commemorates and honors the wealth of Arizona literary artists who through their work and service represent Arizona’s values, independence, storied history and boundless potential. With this appointment, Arizona becomes the 43rd state in the nation to establish a Poet or Writer Laureate position.  To read the press...


The Tucson Pima Arts Council recently announced the 2013 winners of its prestigious Lumies Arts & Business Awards. Drs. Helen and John Schaefer were recognized with the Arts Patron Award. Now in its 12th year, the Lumies recognize the many talented individuals, groups and businesses that contribute to making Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality.

For 50 years, Helen and John Schaefer have dedicated themselves to the cultivation and support of the arts in Tucson. They have volunteered their time on numerous boards of directors and have made significant financial contributions to create new works, preserve arts and culture archives, and make the experience of art available to all. At the University of Arizona they played a significant role in developing two world-...


Arizona Public Media created a fantastic video segment with insight into our current library exhibit Social Justice Poets. The exhibit was curated by former School of Library and Information Sciences graduate student and Poetry Center intern, Erin Wahl, and the Progressive Librarians Guild at University of Arizona. The exhibit features  poems, photographs, and original documents representing the deep relationship between poets, their poetry, and their causes. Check out Exhbit Celebrates Progressive Poets on AZPM's website and be sure to check out this collection of challenging...

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