Steve Orlen was an acclaimed poet, a formidable and compassionate teacher, and a friend to everyone he met. He taught at the University of Arizona for 37 years and helped to found its Creative Writing program. Steve was a tireless artist and observer, passionately interested in every poem, person, and conversation that came his way. We miss his buoyant personality, his belief in poetry, and his knack for asking difficult questions. Thank you, Steve, for your poems and for your good company.
This exhibit, curated by Sarah Kortemeier, was originally presented in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery of the University of Arizona Poetry Center in January 2011.