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UA Poetry Center

October 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - March 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Fall 2017 Classes & Workshops
Through the Classes & Workshops program, the University of Arizona Poetry Center offers continuing education in creative writing and literature: writing workshops, generative writing studios, and literary seminars–in poetry and prose. Noncredit courses are taught by local and visiting writers, including University of Arizona faculty. There is room in our Classes and Workshops program for writers and readers of all levels of experience.

Our 2017-18 need-based Campau/Inman Scholarship program is newly expanded and improved. Applications for Fall 2017 scholarships will be accepted are open NOW through August 8th. Registration will open one week later, on August 15th.

October Events at the UA Poetry Center

Craft Talk: The World is Full of Paper: Writing in the Epistolary Mode with Aimee Nezhukumatathil: October 5, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Aimee Nezhukumatathil, who will present a craft talk. After the talk, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Open Mic: October 7, Saturday at 11:30 AM / Poetry Center Docents host their monthly Open Mic event. The open mic will be round-robin style, which means each attendant will have the chance to share their own or a favorite poem. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Pō é tree: Alberto Rios: October 7, Saturday at 3:00 PM / Pō é tree is a docent-led partnership between the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum and is held under the trees on the Campus Arboretum in front of Herring Hall.
Martín Espada & Odilia Galván Rodriguez, moderated by Mari Herreras: October 12, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Martín Espada & Odilia Galván Rodriguez, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a panel, moderated by Mari Herreras, and a book signing. This event is part of the 2017 Humanities Festival and will be held at the Poetry Center in the Rubel Room.

Words of Wisdom III: Poetry Readings by LGBT Seniors: October 14, Saturday at 1:00 PM / This community event will feature readings from eight LGBT Seniors, led by Poetry Center docent Curt Stubbs. Featuring special guest: Tucson’s Poet Laureate, TC Tolbert. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Literary Fiction Book Club – “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea: October 18, Wednesday at 5:00 PM / 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.

Thinking Its Presence Conference Evening Presentations: October 19-21 at 7:00 PM / Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Study’s 2017 conference will be held at the Poetry Center. Each night, evening presentations that are free and open to the public featuring fantastic poets and writers will be held. See more about who’s presenting each night here: October 19 / October 20 / October 21

Main Library Poetry Circle: Juan Felipe Herrera: October 21, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Kirk-Bear Canyon Poetry Circle: Ross Gay: October 23, Monday at 1:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Sherman Alexie: October 26, Thursday at 2:00 PM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Oro Valley Public Library.

Family Day: October 28, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Family Day is a day of workshops, music, activities, and refreshments just for kids ages 0 to 13 and their parents and guardians. It’s free and open to the public, and is a great way to engage with your child through reading, writing, play, and dance.

Shop Talk: The Work of Layli Long Soldier: October 30, Monday at 6:00 PM / Shop Talks take a “round table” approach to scholarly investigation of poetic works, resulting in a collegial atmosphere; no advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is required. Led by Danielle Geller.

Blog Spotlight:

Have you visited voca lately? Our audio video library is extensive, and sometimes it’s hard toknow where to start with such a treasure trove of poetry readings. Never fear, Library Specialist Julie Swarstad Johnson is here! Julie has picked some of her favorite voca tracks to present on our blog with her expert and entertaining commentary. Check out her vocalisms twice monthly on our blog, 1508. Her latest features Joy Harjo performing music and poetry in 2016 here at the Poetry Center.

This fall, we’re thrilled to be offering a wide range of opportunities at the Poetry Center, from one evening workshops to eight-week courses.

Music As Source, with Dan Kruse
Class Meetings: Saturdays 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, from 12:00 to 2:00pm
Alumni Room 205.

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible in music.” Aldous Huxley, Music at Night
Music As Source is a six-week exploration of what music means to each of us—what it inspires, reminds us of, provokes in us, expresses through or to us. Each session will include writing exercises of varying lengths, and we will experiment with many written forms and approaches. This is an open genre class, and students with all levels of experience with language and music are welcome. Each class meeting is 90 minutes long, with 30 extra minutes for optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor and/or with your classmates at the end of each class meeting.

Instructor bio: Dan Kruse is a musical researcher and lecturer, a documentary filmmaker, and a teacher and facilitator. He holds a Master’s in Ethnomusicology from the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music. Dan’s Master’s Thesis is “Zoom!”, a documentary film chronicling the life of a small, independent record label in late 1950s Tucson; it was named “Best of Arizona” in the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival. Dan’s documentary works have also aired on Arizona Public Media’s “Arizona Illustrated” and “Arizona Spotlight”, and he served for six years as the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”. He’s a popular lecturer on a variety of musical topics in the Tucson area, and finds the written and spoken word to be meaningful ways to access our deepest values and our relationship to music. COST: $196

Physical Em(body)ment of Language
Class Meetings: Wednesday, November 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Alumni Room 205
Recognizing that language is a physical material for making, we will consider the ways in which language enters the body, inhabits and affects the body; and how to utilize this bodily response as a platform for poetics. This two-hour class will include some reading of materials, some discussion, and some generative writing. If there’s time, we may share our new work with each other.
Instructor bio: Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader and The Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her newest collection of poems “WHEREAS” will be published by Graywolf Press this spring. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. COST: $60

Rewriting Our Family Stories, with Danielle Geller
Class Meetings: Six Mondays and Wednesdays, November 27—December 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Conference Room 207.
We are all accumulations of the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we’ve been told. We inherit family histories in fragments, and while family members may agree on the elements of a story, we sometimes construct different meanings and personal narratives around them. In this course, we’ll explore what responsibility we as writers owe to established family narratives, and when (and how, and why) we should diverge from them. Over six weeks, we will generate and workshop our writing. We will read personal essays and memoir excerpts by writers who document, rewrite, and deconstruct their own family histories, such as Mary Karr, Cheryl Strayed, Jeannette Walls, Melissa Febos, Mason Stokes, and David Sedaris.

Instructor bio: Danielle Geller is a candidate in Creative Writing, Nonfiction at the University of Arizona. She is also the grateful recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her work has appeared in Brevity and Silk Road Review, and she has an essay forthcoming in This is the Place (Seal Press, 2017). She is working on a collection of essays about her mother. COST: $196


October 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am
March 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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