Involvement & Accessibility

Thank you for your interest in the Reading & Lecture Series!


We are invested in our literary programming being universally accessible. For all questions about specific accommodations, please contact Paola Valenzuela at 

The carpeted area of the Poetry Center's Rubel Room is equipped with a loop system (also known as a telecoil or t-coil system).  Sitting inside the carpeted area in the Rubel Room will provide the best experience. Learn more about loop systems with this overview

The Rubel Room is also equipped with Listen Everywhere technology, for those with bluetooth enabled hearing aids.  To use, download the app for Apple or Android smart phones; connect to the wireless signal from the Rubel Room sound board, and send the signal to your aids via bluetooth.  This option is available for anyone with bluetooth enabled hearing aids and a smart phone or tablet with the app.  

We have a small number of assisted listening headsets available by request. If a larger number of headsets is requested, please give us two weeks' notice to arrange a loan from another department.

Please also see our assisted listening manual for more information about all three of these options. 

If you would like American Sign Language interpretation for Reading & Lecture Series events, please write to Paola Valenzuela at We require a minimum advance notice of two weeks to connect the visiting poets with the interpreters, who strongly prefer advance access to the poems to review; requests made further in advance are strongly preferred. 

Parking on campus is heavily restricted, however surface lots surrounding the Poetry Center are free after 5:00 PM. When attending Reading & Lecture Series programming after 5pm, make use of these spaces if arriving by care. These recommendations are subject to change. 

If you have any questions about our venue, which is ADA accessible, we are happy to discuss at any time. Feel free to get in touch with Paola Valenzuela at 


If you are interested in volunteering, consider joining us as a Poetry Center Docent! More information about our Docent Program is here:

If you would like to donate to support the Reading & Lecture Series, please contact Tyler Meier, executive director, at, or visit

If you are interested in discussing other involvement in the Reading & Lecture Series, please contact Paola Valenzuela at