Thinking Its Presence Conference in Tucson

We're excited to announce that the Thinking Its Presence conference -- now in its third year -- will take place in Tucson at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in October 2017!

Conference events will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each of the three days, with keynote evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The 9:00-5:00 sessions are only open to registered attendees, and the evening sessions will be open to the public. The daytime schedule is available here, and for information on the evening events, see our calendar


Click here to register for the 2017 conference in Tucson, Arizona, October 19 - 21.

Registration is available from now until October 9 at midnight MST, at which point online registrations will no longer be available. Very limited on-site registrations will be available; please contact Becka Ranta at to check availability and reserve your pass.

If you would like to register as a conference volunteer for a discounted rate, please email Hannah Ensor, literary director, at

If you would like to register a group of participants, please email Becka Ranta, events coordinator, at

Registration fees:

  • General registration: $80
  • Participant registration (non-UA, non-student): $60
  • Student registration (non-University of Arizona; must have valid student ID): $50
  • University of Arizona student, staff, faculty, alumni: $20
  • Conference volunteer registration: $10 (please contact Becka Ranta for more information:



The Thinking Its Presence conference is presented by the University of Arizona Poetry Center with generous support from the following UA departments and units: Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, College of Humanities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Africana Studies Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Department of English, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, and Institute for LGBT Studies, in addition to generous support from the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Kore Press, The Rumpus, and the Academy of American Poets. 


More information

For more information for registrants, see, for more information about the conference and its board, see, and with questions, please contact Hannah Ensor, Literary Director, at