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UA Poetry Center Events
February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
Open Mic – February 2, 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 will take place in the Poetry Center’s upstairs classroom.
Shop Talk: The Work of Nikky Finney – February 5, Tuesday at 6:00 PM/ Gabriel Palacios leads a Shop Talk on the work of Nikky Finney. Shop Talks take a “round table” approach to scholarly investigation of poetic works, and a study packet containing biographical information, excerpts, and criticism is made available for each event; no advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is required.
Nikky Finney in Phoenix – February 6, Wednesday at 7:00 PM / Readings in Phoenix are presented in collaboration with Phoenix Art Museum and with support from lead sponsor the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, with additional support from the ASU Creative Writing Program, the Literary & Prologue Society, and Superstition Review. This event takes place at Phoenix Art Museum.
Art for Justice Reading: Nikky Finney – February 7, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Nikky Finney who will read from her work. Finney is reading as part of the Art for Justice program. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Kids Create – February 16, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Kids Create is a day of workshops, music, activities, and refreshments just for kids ages 0 to 10 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: Natalie Diaz – February 16, 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.
Tom Sanders Memorial Reading: Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon – January 24, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon, who will read from their work. The Tom Sanders Memorial Reading features writers who were former students at the University of Arizona, writers who were formerly or currently members of the University of Arizona faculty, or University of Arizona Press authors. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Poetry Out Loud Southern Region Competition – February 23, Saturday at 1:00 PM / Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a national program for high school students and teachers that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers through recitation and performance. This event is free and open to the public.
Broken Threads, Lives Unraveled: Fuentes Rojas and the Migrant Quilt Project- February 25 through April 20 / This exhibit presents work by Fuentes Rojas/Bordando por la Paz y la Memoria and the Migrant Quilt Project, volunteer organizations that use textile arts to render legible the deaths of marginalized people in Arizona and Mexico.
Myriam Moscona with Antena: Jen Hofer & John Pluecker – February 27, Wednesday at 7:00 PM / Join the Jewish History Museum for a trilingual reading in Spanish, English, and Ladino with Tela de sevoya (Onioncloth) author Myriam Moscona along with translators Jen Hofer and John Pluecker of Antena. This event takes place at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701.
Oro Valley Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Donald Justice – February 28, 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.
Myriam Moscona & Jen Hofer & John Pluecker – February 28, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Myriam Moscona, Jen Hofer, and John Pluecker, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish History Musuem.
Don’t forget to apply to our Summer Residency Contest!
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Founded in 1994, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program offers poets the opportunity to focus on their writing during a two-week stay in Tucson, Arizona. Residents are housed in the Poetry Center’s studio apartment, located just steps away the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. Residents also receive a $500 stipend and give a public reading in the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series, ongoing since 1962. The residency is offered annually between June 1 and August 31.
The 2019 Summer Residency Judge is Vickie Vértiz.
A graduate of Williams College and the University of California, Riverside, Vickie Vértiz is a writer from southeast Los Angeles. Her work can be found in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many publications. Her collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, was awarded the 2018 PEN America prize in poetry. She is a creative writing teacher who has given lectures and readings in France, Japan, Mexico City, and throughout the United States.
vocalisms #13: Tomas Tranströmer
vocalisms is a regular feature on our blog that presents selected tracks from voca, the Poetry Center’s online audio video library of more than 800 recorded readings, spanning from 1963 to today. vocalisms is presented by Julie Swarstad Johnson, our Senior Library Specialist.
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