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UA Poetry Center

October 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Annual In Memoriam Reading: November 1, Wednesday at 5:30 PM / Join the Tucson community for a docent-led reading featuring the voices of poets who are deceased but whose legacy lives on in this celebration. This event takes place in the Hillman Odeum.

Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading: Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu: November 2, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Layli Long Soldier & Timothy Yu in Phoenix: November 3, Friday at 7:00 PM/ The Poetry Center is proud to present Layli Long Soldier and Timothy Yu. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Open Mic: November 4, 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: Women Poets Speaking of Trees: November 4, 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.

Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Mary Ruefle: November 9, 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.
UA Prose Series: Rubén Martínez: November 9, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The UA Prose Series, curated by faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. The Poetry Center is proud to present Rubén Martínez. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Literary Fiction Book Club – “Mister Monkey” by Francine Prose: November 15, 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.

Family Day: November 18, 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.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Ted Kooser: November 18, 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: Mark Doty: November 27, 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.

Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Harjo hosted by Natalie Diaz at the Phoenix Art Museum: December 1, Friday at 7:00 PM / Seating for this event in Whiteman Hall is now SOLD OUT. There may be limited additional seating in Whiteman Hall on the night of the event on a first come, first served basis, to be released 5 minutes before the event starts. Additionally, 200 overflow seats and a live feed video system will be set up in the Great Hall adjacent to Whiteman Hall for those without seats in the auditorium.

Three literary legends come together at the Phoenix Art Museum to read from their own writing, as well as to discuss and celebrate the respective and collective impacts of their work over the years. This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Blog Roundup

Did you know we collected our 50,000th book? Read about this exciting addition to our collection here.

Natalie Welch brings us an interview with writer and educator Lisa M. O’Neill (Writing & Teaching Social Justice: An Interview w/ Lisa M. O’Neill)

Alexandra Barylski continues her series on embodied poetics (Vapor Through Various Satins)


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

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November 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85721 United States
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