May 18 2012 - May 20 2012

The University of Arizona Poetry Center presented its third biennial symposium from May 18 to May 20, 2012. Some of today’s most intriguing and adventurous poets were showcased: those who forge new literary territory with the help of modern technologies; those daring to make new work that is best “read” off the page or performed in collaboration or in tandem. Diverse and electric performances were presented in Poetry Off the Page, an event based in spectacle and community engagement.

Participants shared in investigations of crucial questions including:
What is a poem if it isn’t written down? What are the implications for literary publishing in this digital age? How can we interpret connections between hybrid poetics and documentary poetics in terms of performance? How do voice and recitation play into the crafting of sound, slam poetry, or poet’s theater?

Poetry Off the Page presented

performances, Classes, Panels, and Exhibits by:

The Black Took Collective, Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Carr & K.J. Holmes, Jeff Clark, Brent Cunningham, Johanna Drucker, Christine Hume, Douglas Kearney, Ander Monson, Julie Patton, Claudia Rankine, Cecilia Vicuña, Danielle Vogel, Dan Waber, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Screenings of Work by:

Eula Biss & John Bresland, Brandon Downing, John Gallaher, Forrest Gander, Kate Greenstreet, Deborah Poe, Sawako Nakayasu, Robyn Schiff & Nick Twemlow, Zachary Schomburg, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Events took place throughout the Poetry Center and at The Rogue Theatre in downtown Tucson. Art exhibits, art installations, and library exhibits were displayed concurrently with the symposium. These performances were archived on voca, the Poetry Center's audio video library. Experience them here.



Poetry Off the Page Features

Check out some features written by Poetry Center staff and symposium participants previewing, highlighting, and exploring some of the many exhibits, performances, and works that comprise Poetry Off the Page.


March 6 2010

Gustaf Sobin is a US-born writer who for more than 40 years wove the history, sensations, and language of his adopted Provence into his poetry and prose. Sobin's greatest popularity came with the 2000 novel The Fly-Truffler. He published more than a dozen books of poetry, four novels, a children's story, and two compilations of essays. He died of pancreatic cancer in Cavaillon, Vaucluse, France on July 7, 2005. Click here for more information on the Tribute. Click here to learn more about this Tribute, and here for video recordings of the panel and reading.

May 29 2008 - May 31 2008

Conceptual Poetry and Its Others on voca

• Click here to learn more about this syposium.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents biennial symposia on poetry and interdisciplinary explorations in the arts and humanities. Recent symposia include Native Voices: Indigenous Language and Poetry and Conceptual Poetry and Its Others. Occasional one-day events, such as A Tribute to Gustaf Sobin, are also presented.

June 14 2007 - August 16 2007

The Poetry Center, in partnership with American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), presented Native Voices to explore themes of indigenous language from the perspective of storytellers, poets, and scholars. This national symposium brought together more than a dozen distinguished writers and storytellers who presented their work, led classes, and engaged in discussion with one another. Click here to learn more about this symposium.

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