Poetry Center Partners with The Shipman Agency to offer online Classes & Workshops

Tucson, Arizona. August 26,2020— The University of Arizona Poetry Center, part of the College of Humanities, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Shipman Agency in our Classes & Workshops program for the Fall 2020 season. The Shipman Agency’s online class initiative, The Work Room, offers a variety of online workshops, craft seminars, and manuscript consultations with their award-winning writers, available to students at every stage. We’re so excited to enter this partnership to be able to share these classes with our audience in lieu of those usually held at the Poetry Center. 

The Work Room’s offerings range from one-day craft seminars to workshops and master classes that take place over several weeks. Instructors are world-class poets and writers, and class topics include poetic sequencing, digital poetry, writing an essay collection, and chapbook design, among others. Instructors include Alexander Chee, Carl Phillips, Tess Taylor, Roy Guzmán, Lillian Yvonne-Bertram, Garth Greenwell, and visual artist Hilary Lorenz, who is offering a class on hand-making chapbooks. View our current offerings here. 

Literary Director Diana Delgado is excited about the chance to partner with The Shipman Agency to support the work of poets and writers during an uncertain time. “We have been presented with innumerable challenges recently, and what's great about our partnership with The Shipman Agency's Work Room is that it’s an opportunity. The Work Room gives the Poetry Center’s community broader access to writers who are leaders in their field; these are writers of diverse talents and backgrounds that we are happy to celebrate and learn from,” she said.

Founder of The Shipman Agency, Leslie Shipman, is also enthusiastic about the collaboration. “We created The Work Room in response to the pandemic, as a way to support our clients as event after event was cancelled. Because The Shipman Agency's client roster represents an amazing group of writers—truly some of the best in contemporary literature—we could offer a high-level experience for an affordable price. As a result, the program has been an enormous success. And now, with the prestige and expansive network of the University of Arizona's Poetry Center behind us, we look forward to continuing to grow the program and offer the best possible experience to our students. Our deepest thanks to the UAZPC!!”

Registration is available now, and you can find details about our Fall 2020 Classes & Workshops at our website and by visiting The Shipman Agency’s website.

The Shipman Agency offers complete literary services to writers at all stages of their careers.  While the primary focus of the Shipman Agency is representing leading authors and thinkers for speaking engagements, it also offers the services of literary agent Annie DeWitt, and Mike Levine, editorial consultant, in addition to our online classes in The Work Room. The mission of the Shipman Agency remains the same: to provide clients and venues with the best possible experience, and to represent authors who are on the cutting edge of contemporary thinking about culture and the world.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center, part of the UArizona College of Humanities, is housed in one of three landmark buildings for poetry in the nation.  In addition to its world-renowned collection of contemporary poetry, the Poetry Center is known for its long running readings and lecture series, international symposia, classes and workshops, writers’ residencies, and a wide range of programs for children and youth. For more information, please visit poetry.arizona.edu or call (520) 626-3765.


The University of Arizona Poetry Center is part of a national coalition of poetry organizations working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about this coalition of organizations: https://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/poetry-coalition