Discussion Groups

Shop Talks

Shop Talks take a round-table approach to scholarly investigation of poetic works, resulting in a collegial atmosphere. Each Shop Talk begins with a mini-lecture on the featured author, followed by a conversation about the author and the work. A study packet containing biographical information, excerpts, and criticism is made available for each event, and no advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is required. Discussions take place on select Tuesdays at 6:00 pm in the Dorothy Rubel Room. For more information, see Shop Talks on our calendar or email Wendy Burk at wlburk@email.arizona.edu.

A Closer Look Book Club

The Closer Look Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. during the school year for discussion of interesting books, mainly fiction, around a theme. For 2016-17, the theme is:  Cultural Shifts, New Thinking. To participate in a Book Club conversation, just read the book and join us on the red couches in the lobby of the Poetry Center.  No sign-up is necessary.  The Club is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to participate in as many or as few meetings as you like. For more information, see Book Club events on our calendar or contact poetry@email.arizona.edu.

PÕ É tree

Pō é tree is a partnership between the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum. Through partnership, we aim to tap into the power of poetry and provide experiences for campus residents and visitors that nourish appreciation for the natural world. Pō é tree readings and discussions are held under the trees in front of Herring Hall at 3:00 pm on first Saturdays of the month.  A packet of each month’s readings is provided by docents from the University of Arizona Poetry Center. No previous experience with poetry is necessary. For more information, see Community Events on our calendar or contact poetry@email.arizona.edu.

Poetry circle 

Poetic Voices is a series of monthly poetry discussions that take place on select Thursday afternoons at Oro Valley Public Library at 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona. Different poets are discussed each month with topics evolving from feedback of participants. Community members are invited to come and share their knowledge of favorite poets or listen and learn about new poets. No prior knowledge of a poet’s work is necessary. Docents provide reading materials for participants sourced from the Poetry Center’s world-renowned collection. For more information, see Community Events on our calendar or please contact the Oro Valley Library, (520) 594-5580.