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Summer Poetry Center Events
July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
Summer Events take place at the Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St, Tucson, AZ, 85721, unless otherwise noted.
CCP Exhibit – A Portrait of Poetry – June 1 through November 23 / The Center for Creative Photography and the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona are delighted to collaborate to exhibit a captivating project by B.A. Van Sise in a celebration of the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. Van Sise is a New York–based photographer with a lifelong love of poetry and a family lineage that traces back to seminal American poet Walt Whitman. Van Sise has undertaken an expansive and inventive poetry portraiture project. Beginning in 2015, he embarked on a quest to make portraits of American poets that reflect the diversity and vitality of today’s poetry scene. This exhibit is on display at the Center for Creative Photography (1030 N. Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ).
Exhibit – Another Person’s Magic: Collaborative Books – June 4 through August 10 / This exhibit features works composed collaboratively. Some collaborations presented here are partnerships between two poets; others are the results of joint efforts between writers, visual artists, and bookmakers. All, however, are the product of dedicated and intentional teamwork between accomplished artists, each inviting what poet Jane Miller calls “another person’s magic” into their creative practices, each transforming their individual voices in the process.
Whitman Summer Social: Show and Tell with the American Literary Translators – July 17, Wednesday at 5:30 PM / Join us to help welcome the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) to Tucson! Recently relocated, ALTA is the premiere membership organization for translators in the United States, and hosts a vibrant national conference of leading literary translators each year in cities around the country. Based in Tucson within the College of Humanities, ALTA will bring their signature conference to Tucson in two of the next four years. This event takes place at the Copper Room at Hotel Congress (311 Congress St, Tucson AZ).
Summer Reading: Lehua Taitano (2019 Summer Resident) & Bojan Louis – July 25, Thursday at 7:00 PM / We are proud to present our summer resident Lehua Taitano and Bojan Louis (new poetry faculty in the Creative Writing program and in American Indian Studies), who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Free Time: Building a Community of Mentors for Incarcerated Writers – July 27, Saturday at 11:00 AM / One Saturday every month, Joe Watson—a local writer, activist and former Arizona Department of Corrections prisoner—will educate workshop participants on life in Arizona’s jails and prisons; lead an exploration of creative writing on issues of mass incarceration and mass criminalization; and teach community members how to engage and critique the works of incarcerated writers through correspondence.
Whitman Summer Social: Poetry selections from the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music – July 31, Wednesday at 5:30 PM / Join us for a short reading of poems that the Poetry Center library staff has selected for the programs of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) Programs over the past two years. Poems will be read by Library Director Sarah Kortemeier and Senior Library Specialist Julie Swarstad Johnson. The band Young MacDonald will play before and after the event. This event takes place at the Copper Room at Hotel Congress (311 Congress St, Tucson AZ).
Free Time: Building a Community of Mentors for Incarcerated Writers – August 24, Saturday at 11:00 AM / One Saturday every month, Joe Watson—a local writer, activist and former Arizona Department of Corrections prisoner—will educate workshop participants on life in Arizona’s jails and prisons; lead an exploration of creative writing on issues of mass incarceration and mass criminalization; and teach community members how to engage and critique the works of incarcerated writers through correspondence.
Never Had It Made: Poet Nikky Finney Visits CAPE School
By Lisa M. O’Neill
“It just so happens that poet Nikky Finney’s visit coincides with the giant annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, and when we pull into the entrance to the parking lot for the juvenile detention facility where she will speak to students, a sidewalk sign reads in large red block letters: “NO GEM SHOW PARKING.”
“Now that’s a poem,” she says.
As a commissioned writer for the Art for Justice grant, Nikky will read later that night at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, sharing a powerful long poem that she composed about the life and death of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old black child who, in 1944 in South Carolina, was wrongfully convicted of the murder of two young white girls and executed by electric chair. She will read the detail that, because he was so small, officers made him sit on a Bible so that his arms could be strapped to the chair. The room will gasp. But she hasn’t yet read this work and, on this day, is here to talk about poetry with youth in juvenile detention.”
REMINDER: SUMMER CLOSURE
We will be closed from July 4 through July 15 for summer closure. Our regular summer hours will begin again on Tuesday, July 16th.