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.

Archibald MacLeish
Publicity poster for a reading by Archibald MacLeish.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Archibald MacLeish on November 2, 1965.

Ruth Stone
Publicity poster for a reading by Ruth Stone.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Ruth Stone on December 8, 1965.

Reed Whittemore
Publicity poster for a reading by Reed Whittemore.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Reed Whittemore on January 12, 1966.

Marguerite Young
Publicity poster for a reading by Marguerite Young.

Publicity poster for a reading by author Marguerite Young on February 16, 1966.

Karl Shapiro
Publicity poster for a reading by Karl Shapiro.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Karl Shapiro on October 12, 1966.

Alan Dugan
Publicity poster for a reading by Alan Dugan.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Alan Dugan on December 8, 1966.

Louise Bogan
Publicity poster for a reading by Louise Bogan.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Louise Bogan on February 15, 1967.

John Crowe Ransom
Publicity poster for a reading by John Crowe Ransom.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet John Crowe Ransom on March 15, 1967.

George Reavey
Publicity poster for a reading by George Reavey.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet George Reavey on April 19, 1967.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Publicity poster for a reading by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti on October 11, 1967. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=116.

Denise Levertov
Publicity poster for a reading by Denise Levertov.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Denise Levertov on December 6, 1967.

David Wagoner
Publicity poster for a reading by David Wagoner.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet David Wagoner on January 10, 1968.

Thomas Kinsella
Publicity poster for a reading by Thomas Kinsella.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Thomas Kinsella on February 7, 1968.

William Stafford
Publicity poster for a reading by William Stafford in 1968.
Publicity poster for a reading by William Stafford in 1972.

Publicity posters for readings by poet William Stafford on February 21, 1968 and May 9, 1972. Recordings of these readings may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=37.

Marvin Bell
Publicity poster for a reading by Marvin Bell in 1968.
Publicity poster for a reading by Marvin Bell in 1972.

Publicity posters for readings by poet Marvin Bell on February 27, 1968 and February 21, 1972. A recording of the 1972 reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reading_id=60.

Elizabeth Bishop
Publicity poster for a reading by Elizabeth Bishop.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Elizabeth Bishop on April 16, 1968.

James Tate
Publicity poster for a reading by James Tate.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet James Tate on November 20, 1968. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=41.

Bert Meyers
Publicity poster for a reading by Bert Meyers.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Bert Meyers on December 4, 1968. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=168.

W.S. Merwin
Publicity poster for a reading by W.S. Merwin.

Publicity poster for a reading by W.S. Merwin on January 14, 1969. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=24.

John Haines
Publicity poster for a reading by John Haines.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet John Haines on March 5, 1969.

George Hitchcock
Publicity poster for a reading by George Hitchcock.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet George Hitchcock on December 10, 1969. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=67.

Richard Shelton
Publicity poster for a reading by Richard Shelton.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Richard Shelton on January 7, 1970. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=32.

Charles Simic
Publicity poster for a reading by Charles Simic.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Charles Simic on March 4, 1970.

Donald Justice
Publicity poster for a reading by Donald Justice.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Donald Justice on April 9, 1970. A recording of this reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=14.

Galway Kinnell
Publicity poster for a reading by Galway Kinnell.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Galway Kinnell on October 20, 1970.

Paul Zimmer
Publicity poster for a reading by Paul Zimmer.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Paul Zimmer on February 3, 1971. A recording of this reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reading_id=199.

John Ciardi
Publicity poster for a reading by John Ciardi.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet John Ciardi on March 22, 1971. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reading_id=111.

Ruth Stephan
Publicity poster for a reading by Ruth Stephan.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet and Poetry Center founder Ruth Stephan on April 14, 1971. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=38.

Philip Levine
Publicity poster for a reading by Philip Levine.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Philip Levine on March 15, 1972. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=21.

Richard Eberhart
Publicity poster for a reading by Richard Eberhart.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Richard Eberhart on March 21, 1972.

C.K. Williams
Publicity poster for a reading by C.K. Williams.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet C.K. Williams on April 26, 1972. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=71.

Ai
Publicity poster for a reading by Ai.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Ai on September 13, 1972. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=73.

Donald Hall
Publicity poster for a reading by Donald Hall.

Publicity poster for a reading by poet Donald Hall on September 27, 1972. A recording of the reading may be accessed on voca, the Poetry Center's online audio video library, at http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reader_id=11.

Elegies
Publicity poster for a reading on the theme of elegies.

Publicity poster for a reading on the theme of "Elegies."

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