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Did you know that Tucson's own Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, is also an accomplished poet? Now's your chance to bring your students and hear him read from his work at our Matinee Performance on Friday, October 19th from 12:30-1:30pm.
Matinee performances are designed to make poets and writers accessible to middle and high school audiences. Many of the readers who participate in our matinee program also read in our reading series.
Teachers and students are invited to attend our matinee performances which are held on select Fridays. Matinee performances are underwritten by the Friends of the Poetry Center and are FREE to school groups. To reserve seats for a matinee performance, contact Renee Angle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lesson plans, poem packets, and other resources are available for teachers to use in their classrooms! We highly recommend pre-teaching the work of these poets prior to attending a matinee performance. Click here for writing exercises based on Mayor Rothschild's poetry collection, The Last Clubhouse Eulogy.
Born and raised in Tucson, Jonathan is a native Tucsonan. His grandmother came to Tucson in 1942 and opened Valley Fair, a used furniture store on South 6th Avenue. His father attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. A graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, Kenyon College and the University of New Mexico Law School, Jonathan served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Alfredo Marquez. He then joined the law firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, where he served as managing partner from 2001 to 2011. In addition to his own law practice helping businesses and individuals, Jonathan was responsible for the day-to-day management of a 21-attorney firm. Jonathan has a long history of extensive service with local non-profits – as a leader and a worker. His first collection of poetry The Last Clubhouse Eulogy was published by Chax Press in 2011. Charles Alexander writes of this collection, "This is a poetry that embraces everything and doesn't lie about any of it. Clear language, clear vision. Love and truth."