Readings & Lectures

Established in 1962, the University of Arizona Poetry Center Reading and Lecture Series presents readings by nationally known poets including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, Arizona poets, lectures on poetry and literature, interdisciplinary performances, and outreach events at which writers of all ages share their creative work and are celebrated for their achievements. Our annual Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading features emerging and innovative writers. The Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading presents translators of poetry and international poets. UA Prose Series readings, curated by the University of Arizona Creative Writing faculty and featuring writers of fiction and nonfiction, are also presented as part of the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series.

In 1963, the Poetry Center began recording readings presented under the auspices of the Series. We have now archived fifty years of readings of by poets and writers. These recordings are available to all through voca, our online audiovisual library.

If you require American Sign Language interpretation for Reading and Lecture Series events, please submit a request to We require a minimum advance notice of two weeks; requests made further in advance are strongly preferred.

Unless otherwise noted, Reading and Lecture Series events take place at the Poetry Center, 1508 East Helen Street.

10/02/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

University of Arizona Creative Writing Program faculty members Alison Hawthorne Deming and Susan Briante read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A session and book signing.

10/08/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This event takes place at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free and open to the public.

Allen Crawford talks about creating Whitman Illuminated (Tin House), a visual interpretation of Whitman’s “Song of...

10/09/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems Leaves of Grass has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it’s only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen...

10/16/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The UA Prose Series, curated by faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. Benjamin Alire Sáenz reads from his work. After the reading there will be a short Q&A session and a book signing.

10/23/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Honor the living spirits of those we have lost by giving voice to their poems and their legacies.  This participatory event will include an opportunity for community members to read a poem or other short excerpt from a poet who is no longer with us and to celebrate and remember their voice...

10/30/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Co-Sponsored by the University of Arizona Africana Studies Program

Go-Go means to keep going, and Rap is a form of talk. This lecture by Thomas Sayers Ellis will chart the early history of the exchange between Go-Go and Hip Hop, focusing on collaborations between the two...

11/06/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From Thomas Sayers Ellis: "In 1990, I published a poem in Ploughshares titled 'Zapruder' about the assassination of JFK. Looking back at the poem nearly twenty years later, I realized that I had allowed some very disturbing and widely accepted untruths to govern my...

11/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

This event takes place at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free and open to the public.

Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis reads from his work.

11/13/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Irish poet Robin Robertson reads from his work, followed by a short Q&A session and a book signing.

12/11/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Up to fifteen students and instructors who participated in the Fall 2014 semester of the Poetry Center's Classes & Workshops Program read from their work.

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