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.

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 - 9:00pm

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

After the reading, please join us in the library to view and celebrate the five broadsides -- collaborations between five student writers and five student...

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. Presenting their work this evening will be:

Simmons Buntin

Reid Gilbert

Nicole Broadhurst...

07/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Matt Bell joins 2015 summer resident Hieu Minh Nguyen for a reading at the Poetry Center on July 23rd. They will each read from their work, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. 

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