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.

09/04/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program.

Poets francine j. harris and Tarfia Faizullah read at the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free and open to the public.

09/10/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a reading by Annie Guthrie and Richard Siken, two Tucson-based poets celebrating new books: Guthrie's THE GOOD DARK (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Siken's The War of The Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The reading will be...

09/17/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented in partnership with Kore Press and co-presented by the Jewish History Museum as a part of the “Reclaiming Discourses: Jewish Writers Today” series.

Poet Laynie Browne reads from her work, followed by a short Q&A session and a book...

09/24/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a lecture, “The Raven and the Tomahawk: Poe, Poetry, and the Rise of Popular Criticism,” delivered by UA Associate Professor Paul Hurh, whose new book, American Terror: The Feeling of...

10/01/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mark Doty, widely recognized as one of our most accomplished living poets, joins us for readings in Tucson and in Phoenix.

10/02/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Co-sponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program and Superstition Review

Mark Doty, widely recognized as one of our most accomplished living poets, reads in Phoenix at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue.

10/05/2015 - 7:00pm

Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera as part of the UA College of Humanities HUMANITIES WEEK series of events.

10/17/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Sponsored by the UAMA exhibit Rome: Legacy of the Eternal City

Join Poetry Center docents for a reading of poetry about and inspired by Rome and Roman art. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum at the Poetry Center.

10/22/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a reading with Brenda Hillman, one of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers.

10/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry.

Presented with thanks to the American Literary Translators' Association (ALTA).

10/30/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Co-presented as part of the 2015 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) conference

Jerome Rothenberg will deliver the keynote address at the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) annual conference. This event takes place at the UA's ...

11/05/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Co-sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of English 

The UA...

11/07/2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join us for a reading  featuring the voices of poets who passed in the previous year, but whose legacy lives on in their poetry. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum at the Poetry Center.

11/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented with support from the Amazon Literary Partnership

Poets Suzanne Buffam and Fall Resident Srikanth Reddy will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

11/17/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Co-sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies and Classics, the Department of English, and RELSEC: The Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging...

11/19/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Presented in partnership with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series and with support from the Amazon Literary Partnership

Srikanth Reddy, joining us as the Poetry Center's 2015 Fall Resident, delivers this lecture as part of the 2015 Bagley Wright Lecture...

12/10/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Students and teachers who participated in the Poetry Center’s Classes & Workshops program this semester read from their original poetry and prose.

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