Online Exhibitions

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, University of Arizona visual art students collaborated with the Poetry Center (then known as the Ruth Stephan Poetry Center) to create silkscreen publicity posters for Poetry Center readings. Former Poetry Center Director Richard Shelton initiated a student competition to produce designs for these posters; the winning design for each reading was selected by the Poetry Center staff, produced by a professional lithographer, and distributed widely. The resulting posters are colorful, exuberant, and frequently emblematic of the times. Designs range from an op art-inspired poster for Lawrence Ferlinghetti to a poster incorporating the red sun of the Japanese national flag for a reading by Gary Snyder (who spent a number of years in Japan). The posters present a stunning array of famous names from the period, including Ferlinghetti, Snyder, Ai, James Tate, and Elizabeth Bishop.

This exhibit, curated by Wendy Burk, is on display in the Audio/Video Room of the Poetry Center Library. "Vintage Poetry Center Posters" may also be accessed through the Arizona Memory Project at http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/landingpage/collection/posters.

Henry Reed
Publicity poster for a reading by Henry Reed.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Henry Reed on April 27, 1966.

John Berryman, Marianne Moore, and Kenneth Patchen Memorial Reading
Publicity poster for John Berryman, Marianne Moore, Kenneth Patchen Memorial

Publicity poster for a memorial reading dedicated to John Berryman, Marianne Moore, and Kenneth Patchen on April 17, 1961.

Delmore Schwartz
Publicity poster for a reading by Delmore Schwartz.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Delmore Schwartz on October 28, 1962.

Robert Duncan
Publicity poster for a reading by Robert Duncan.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Robert Duncan on December 5, 1962.

Gary Snyder
Publicity poster for a reading by Gary Snyder.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Gary Snyder on December 9, 1964. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=36.

May Swenson
Publicity poster for a reading by May Swenson.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet May Swenson on February 24, 1965.

John Newlove
Publicity poster for a reading by John Newlove.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet John Newlove on March 17, 1965.

C. Day Lewis
Publicity poster for a reading by C. Day Lewis.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet C. Day Lewis on April 8, 1965.

Lee Anderson
Publicity poster for a reading by Lee Anderson.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Lee Anderson on April 28, 1965.

Robert Sward
Publicity poster for a reading by Robert Sward.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Robert Sward on October 5, 1965. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=543.

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