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The Poetry Center's Poet-in-Residence Logan Phillips recites "Eagle Poem," by Joy Harjo, on November 19th as a part of the Poetry Out Loud Professional Development session for teachers. We encourage teachers and students to view and use these as an example of a strong recitation when preparing for the National Poetry Out Loud competitions at the school, regional, and state levels.
Logan Phillips will be coaching schools around Southern Arizona to help students prepare for the Poetry Out Loud competition. Here is a recitation of one of his original poems, "The Boy's Pockets."
Logan Phillips works to create new opportunities for the intersection of poetry and wider society. As a bilingual poet, performance artist and DJ, he has toured throughout the United States, Mexico and as far afield as Vancouver, Paris, Bogotá and Penzance, England. As Co-Director of the trans-disciplinary performance troupe Vero•bala, he explores border identity through storytelling and digital media, creating performance pieces composed of bilingual poetry, live video projection and sound design. Phillips is also the Coordinator of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, which he co-founded in 2010 to widen access to critical literacy through dynamic, youth-centered events. Born and raised in the Arizona / Mexico borderlands to a family of Irish / Slavic decent, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.