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Poetry Center Announces diverse programming for Fall Lineup


TUCSON, Ariz., July 24, 2015, Tucson Arizona— The Poetry Center presents its Fall lineup of family events, poetry and literature readings, lectures, art and library exhibits, and book clubs. Highlights include readings at the Phoenix Art Museum, a new partnership with the Loft Cinemas, and poetry readings celebrating the return of Arizona poets and former Rincon high students Mark Doty and Brenda Hillman. Also of note is the continued community programming of Family Days, featuring free...


The Poetry Center is proud to host a four part series “ThePoetics and Politics of Water,” featuring four major American Indian poets who will read their work to Tucson audiences over the course of the Spring.  Sherwin Bitsui, Simon J. Ortiz, Ofelia Zepeda, and Natalie Diaz will read work that offer insight into the central role that the character of water plays in contemporary American Indian literature.


Continuing on a successful collaboration from the fall 2014 season that brought Walt Whitman’s illustrator Allen Crawford and award-winning poet Thomas Sayers Ellis to Phoenix audiences, the University of Arizona Poetry Center and Phoenix Art Museum will again partner to offer a reading and lecture series this spring, featuring award winning poet and translator Fady Joudah and acclaimed visual artist and poet Jen Bervin.


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.

Arizona Board of Regents