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 poetry@email.arizona.edu. 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.

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.

01/22/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

University of Arizona Creative Writing Program faculty members Ander Monson and Kate Bernheimer read from their new books, Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf Press, 2015) and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales (Coffee House Press, 2014).

01/29/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

02/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Poetics and Politics of Water, a series curated by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English at the UA, presents Sherwin Bitsui, who will read from his work. After the reading...

02/18/2015 - 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 and translator Fady Joudah reads from his work.

02/19/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Poet and translator Fady Joudah reads from his work, followed by a short Q&A session and a book signing.

This event is co-sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

02/26/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Poetics and Politics of Water, a series curated by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English at the UA, presents Simon J. Ortiz, who will read from his work. After the reading...

03/05/2015 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan is an exhibition of photographs by Seamus Murphy that illustrate the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who span the border between Afphanistan and Pakistan. This event features a talk by Seamus Murphy...

03/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Poetics and Politics of Water, a series curated by the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English at the UA,...

03/26/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

04/16/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Established in 1978, Persona is the University of Arizona's undergraduate literary journal. Contributors to Persona read at this celebration of the new issue.

04/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin works in hybrid forms that blend language, writing, and the visual arts. Much of her work rotates around the poles of text and textile, interrogating and elaborating that ancient connection through poems, archival research, artist books, and art. 

05/01/2015 - 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 and visual artist Jen Bervin works in hybrid forms that blend...

05/06/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Students graduating from the University of Arizona MFA in Creative Writing program read from their work. The readings take place over two evenings (May 6 and 7).

05/07/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The second and final evening of readings by students graduating from the University of Arizona MFA in Creative Writing program.

05/14/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Students and instructors who participated this spring in the Poetry Center's Classes & Workshops Program read from their work.

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