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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...


May 15, 2013 (Tucson, Ariz.) – College of Humanities Dean Mary Wildner-Bassett has just named Tyler Meier as the new Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Meier brings years of experience as a poet, administrator and teacher to his new position at the Poetry Center, which he assumes on August 5.

Meier comes to the Poetry Center from The Kenyon Review in Ohio where he was the managing editor as well as the co-director of the Young Writers Summer Program. He received an MFA from the University of Washington, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in At Length, AGNI (online), Laurel Review, Bat City Review, jubilat, Washington Square, Thermos, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere.

“Now that the Poetry Center has...

April 22, 2013

Poetry Center Executive Director Garners Prestigious Arizona Humanities Council Award

"For her tireless dedication to poetry and the humanities, University of Arizona Poetry Center Executive Director Gail Browne has been honored with an award from the Arizona Humanities Council. She will be receiving the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award.

"This award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a lasting contribution to the cultural life of their communities through their active support of, and involvement in promoting the humanities. Browne has done just that throughout her career as Poetry Center Executive Director. The award will be presented Sunday, April 28, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe as part of...


This exhibition consists of MapsPoems, Myths, Specimens, and Art Logs...


After 11 years, Gail Browne has made the decision to leave her position as Executive Director of the Poetry Center.
For more information about the job description visit: http://bit.ly/VkjO1B

Arizona Board of Regents