Literary Publishing in Tucson Since 1960
The years since the Poetry Center’s founding in 1960 have been an important time in Tucson’s literary publishing history. Tucson literary publishers are diverse, but common threads include an emphasis on innovative writing and Southwestern poets, including American Indian and Chicano/Latino voices, and strong roots in the fine press and/or DIY traditions.
A survey of contemporary press work in Tucson reveals many Poetry Center connections. Some of the publishers featured here are alumni or faculty of the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing Program. Some of them fueled their interest in design and publishing as staff, volunteers, or library patrons here at the Poetry Center. Many of them were a part of the Poetry Center’s Tucson Lit Press Fest on Saturday, March 26, 2011. All of them are friends and admired partners in our shared endeavor to make Tucson a thriving center for literary culture.
This exhibit, curated by Wendy Burk, was originally presented in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from February 28 to April 9, 2011.