Announcing the Summer 2024 Season!


We're thrilled to announce an exciting array of classes and workshops this summer—an exciting mix of writing-intensive generative poetry studios, lively workshops, and rigorous writing seminars.  Here is a direct link to register

Financial aid opens: May 21           General Registration Opens: May 28 at 10:00 am

What’s a Book, Anyway? with Charles Alexander 
Thursdays, June 27, July 11 and 18 | 5:00-7:00pm | Tuition: $190 

Writing Tucson: Intersecting Place, Prose and Poetry with Estella González 
Tuesdays, July 9, 16, and 23 | 5:00-7:00pm | Tuition: $150 

The Technology of Surprise: Haiku, Haibun, and collaborative poetry play with Dana Levin 
Tuesday, August 6 | 5:00-7:00pm | Tuition: $100 

Financial aid awards will be offered to cover the tuition cost of a course offered. The awards are valued anywhere from $100 to $190, according to recipient interest. Application is simple, and any community member is eligible to apply for need-based aid if they can attest to personal financial need. Selection is by lottery. The application deadline for financial aid is set for May 27 at 5:00 pm. Please spread the word to working writers for whom tuition would otherwise be a prohibitive financial strain! Learn more and apply here. 



All readings in the Summer 2024 series are presented with support from the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities, the Health Sciences Innovations in Healthy Aging, and the W.A. Franke Honors College. 

2024 Summer Residency Reading: Dana Levin  

Thursday, August 8, 7:00PM

Dana Levin is the author of five books poetry. Her latest is Now Do You Know Where You Are (Copper Canyon), a 2022 New York Times Notable Book and NPR “Book We Love.” She is a grateful recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the Library of Congress, as well as from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. With Adele Elise Williams, she co-edited Bert Meyers: On the Life and Work of an American Master (2023) for the Unsung Masters Series. Levin teaches for the Bennington Writing Seminars, the MFA program at Bennington College, and serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis. 


summer socials

Summer Socials take place in the Century Room at Hotel Congress and are designed as interesting happy hour experiences. Each event will feature complimentary snacks and a cash bar.  

Summer Social: Speedway Corridor Poetry-Inspired Murals
Wednesday, June 26, doors at 5:00PM, program at approximately 5:30PM. 

Join us along with many of the muralists and poets to learn more about this exciting project to beautify the Speedway corridor through the UA Campus. 


Summer Social: Imagination 1, the Artist-led Moon Mission
Wednesday, July 17, doors at 5:00PM, program at approximately 5:30PM.

Join us to learn more about the all-artist six-day moon mission that took place in March 2024. 



sealey Challenge read-along

The Sealey Challenge is to read a book of poetry each day during the month of August. While the books you choose are up to you, The Sealey Challenge encourages reading books by marginalized poets. Learn more about the Sealey Challenge. Join the Tucson Sealey community at these local happy hour read-along events!

Wednesday, August 14th 
A Sealey Challenge poetry read along happy hour at the Tucson Hop Shop, 4-6pm.  Join us to celebrate the halfway point of the Sealey Challenge! Bring poetry books for a book swap. 

Wednesday, August 28th 
A Sealey Challenge poetry read along happy hour at the Tucson Hop Shop, 4-6pm. Join us to celebrate the end of the 2024 Sealey Challenge!