Thinking Its Presence Information for Registrants

Thinking Its Presence conference at the University of Arizona Poetry Center
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Registering for the conference

To register for the 2017 Thinking Its Presence conference, click here:

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.

Lodging in Tucson

We have reserved hotel blocks at discounted rates for hotel registrants at two hotels: the new AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott and the Aloft Hotel. To reserve a room, contact the hotel directly and ask for a room that has been reserved for the Poetry Center.

AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott

151 E. Broadway Blvd. / Tucson, AZ

King or two-double bed rooms available, both $189 + tax nightly rate

The AC Hotel is just over 2 miles from the UA Poetry Center. It is a 40-minute walk, or a 20-minute ride on the SunTran streetcar. More information about the streetcar is below.

***Make reservation by September 14th to receive the discounted rate***
To make reservations, click here. You can also call at 520-860-0547.

Click here for directions from AC Hotel Tucson to Poetry Center via Streetcar

Aloft Hotel

1900 E Speedway Blvd / Tucson, AZ

King or two-queen bed rooms, both $180 + tax nightly rate

***Make reservation by October 2nd to receive the discounted rate***
To make reservations, click here.

Click here for walking directions from Aloft Hotel to Poetry Center.

Other possible lodgings:

We have set up a room-sharing page to connect potential Tucson hosts with visitors. This page is only for already-registered attendees. If you have not yet registered, please do so first, and then request to join this group:

Arizona Inn

2200 E Elm St
Tucson, AZ

Hotel Congress

311 Congress St
Tucson, AZ

Tucson options, 10/19-10/22

Tucson also has a number of Bed & Breakfasts.
See TripAdvisor’s recommendations here.


Tucson in October is likely to be quite warm – likely, the mid-80s for the duration of the conference, with the nights cooler. Please plan to bring a water bottle, sunglasses and/or hats, lightweight clothing and/or layers, and anything else you might need to be happy and healthy in the heat. It’s good to be mindful of how much time you plan to spend outside when getting from point A to point B. Please stay healthy in our desert city!


Sun Link Streetcar:

Tucson has a streetcar line that connects downtown to the university. You must buy fares in advance of boarding: either a $4 day pass (which you can purchase at every streetcar stop) or a SunGo card that will charge you $1.50 for each ride. Once you are aboard the streetcar, you tap your pass over a farebox to have your fare deducted from the card.

More info: SunLink homepage / Schedule & route / Boarding the streetcar

3-minute walk from the Helen/Warren St. Streetcar Stop to the UA Poetry Center:


Tucson is consistently listed as one of the top ten bicycling cities in the U.S. There are bike paths and bike-friendly roads around campus and downtown. For more information on biking in Tucson, click here, and when using Google Maps select "bicycle" for roads with bike paths.


While you may choose to rent a car and/or to drive to Tucson—especially if you plan to get out to see the surrounds of Tucson—we do NOT recommend driving to campus for the conference. Parking near the Poetry Center is extremely limited, and when available, expensive. If you have any questions about this, please contact Becka Ranta, Events Coordinator, at


We’ve arranged for food trucks to be on site to sell lunch every day of the conference.

There will also be a midday complimentary coffee/tea/water station each of the three days.

Local dining/grocery options:

There are many dining and grocery options. For groceries, we recommend the Food Conspiracy Co-op, which is easily accessible via the streetcar route. And for dining options within walking distance of the Poetry Center, we recommend Bentley’s (a café with many good lunch options) and 1702 (where you can get large slices of pizza and any number of beers on tap).

Other recommendations:

Off 4th Ave (streetcar):

Exo Coffee Co / 403 N 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ

Tap & Bottle / 403 N 6th Ave #135, Tucson, AZ

Downtown (streetcar):

Veg Box (vegan) / 75 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ

Penca / 50 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

La Cocina / 201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ

Independent Distillery / 30 S Arizona Ave, Tucson, AZ

Tough Luck Club / 101 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ

Pueblo Vida Brewery / 115 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ

Barrio Viejo (car):

Café Desta / 758 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ

5 Points Market & Restaurant / 756 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ

West Side (south end of streetcar):

Mercado San Augustin / 100 South Avenida del Convento suite 200, Tucson, AZ 85745


We look forward to seeing you in Tucson soon!


Directions from the two conference hotels (AC Hotel and aloft) to the ua Poetry Center:

From AC Hotel Tucson to Poetry Center via Streetcar:

  • Purchase a pass (fares are not available on-board the streetcar). You can either buy a $4 day pass at the streetcar stop itself or you can purchase a pay-per-ride SunGo pass ($1.50 per ride) at any of the retail locations listed here.
  • Note: there is only one streetcar route, so you can’t get on the wrong streetcar—only the wrong direction. The below directions will take you from the AC Hotel to the university.
  • Board at stop 9E at Broadway Blvd & 6th Ave.
  • Ride train until final destination, stop 19 at Helen St.
  • Once you are off the train, walk west on Helen St, toward Warren Ave. (If you get to Campbell Ave., you’ve gone in the wrong direction. If you get to Vine Ave., you’ve gone too far in the right direction.)
  • Cross Warren Ave., then N Cherry Ave., and the Poetry Center will be on your left.

For more information on the streetcar, scroll up to "Transportation Information" heading.

Walking directions from Aloft Tucson to Poetry Center:

  • Walk west on Speedway Blvd., towards Campbell Ave.
  • Cross Campbell Ave., and continue until N Cherry Ave.
  • Turn right (north) on N Cherry Ave. and cross Speedway Blvd.
  • Turn left on Helen St.
  • The Poetry Center will be on your left.