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.

The 2013-2014 season of the Reading and Lecture Series is made possible by a generous Community Connections Grant from the University of Arizona Foundation.

04/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

04/24/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Thank you to the Donald Pitt Family Foundation and the ACT I Foundation for supporting the educational outreach component of this event.

Margarita Engle, Cuban-American poet and writer of books for young adults, takes us through a selection of her work, discussing her...

04/30/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry reading from the latest issue of Sonora Review (64-65), "The Mindy-Body Issue." Sonora Review staff and contributors from the issue, including Elizabeth Frankie Rollins, Lia Woodall, and Ruth Baumann will read from the latest issue, and...

05/07/2014 - 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 7 and 8).

05/08/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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

05/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Students and teachers who participated in the Poetry Center’s Classes & Workshops program read from their work. Up to fifteen writers and artists share their original poetry and prose.

05/22/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mary Szybist reads from her writing, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

08/21/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Poets Brian Blanchfield and Stephen Willey read from their work, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Arizona Board of Regents