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.

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.

04/18/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Bodies are enfleshed, but not enclosed. They are open, and radically so: biologically, environmentally, socially, politically, and affectively. To be open means having the capacity for connection and curiosity, and a willingness to receive otherness and difference. 

This presentation...

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.

07/23/2015 - 7:00pm

Beth Ann Fennelly, returning to the Poetry Center for the first time since she was the summer resident in 1999, joins 2015 summer resident Hieu Minh Nguyen on July 23rd.They will each read from their work, followed by a Q&A and a book signing....

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