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.

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

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

11/20/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry reading from the latest issue of Sonora Review. Sonora Review staff and contributors will read from Issue 66, and copies will be available to UA faculty and students for $5.

This reading will also feature the three winners of the...

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.

Arizona Board of Regents