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UA Poetry Center in April
Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
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.
Art for Justice Reading: Natalie Diaz – April 4, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Natalie Diaz who will read from her work. She is reading as part of the Art for Justice program. The local opener for this event is the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Open Mic – April 6, 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 garden.
Fuentes Rojas Taller (Sewing Workshop) – April 6, Saturday at 12:00 PM/ Fuentes Rojas/Bordando por la paz y la memoria will host a taller, a sewing workshop, at the Poetry Center on Saturday, April 6, in conjunction with the exhibit Broken Threads, Lives Unraveled: Fuentes Rojas and the Migrant Quilt Project. Participants will receive embroidery instruction and practice to create an embroidered pañuelo (handkerchief). Please contact Suzanne Hesh ([email protected]) to reserve a space – six spots in the workshop are currently open.
Cyclovia – April 7, Sunday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM / Join us at the Poetry Center, one of the activity hubs along this year’s Cyclovia route, for activities for all ages, poet performances, and to explore our library. More information below in this newsletter.
Himmel Park Poetry Circle: The Poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye – April 11, Thursday at 4:00 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 Himmel Park Public Library.
UA Prose: Cherríe Moraga – April 11, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Cherríe Moraga, who will read from her work. The UA Prose Series, curated by the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Kids Create – April 13, 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.
cross-pollination: poetry and science sustaining our world – April 13, Saturday at 1:30 PM / Poetry Center docents will host a series of 3 discussions of eco-poetry, a collaboration of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Poetry Center. The final session will be held May 11. This event will take place at the Bryant Bannister Building, 1215 E Lowell Street.
Shop Talk: The Work of Naomi Shihab Nye – April 16, Tuesday at 6:00 PM/ Poetry Center docent Bonnie Wehle leads a Shop Talk on the work of Naomi Shihab Nye. Shop Talks are free, informal, one-hour discussion groups focused on the work of a poet who will be reading at the Poetry Center. No advance knowledge of the poet or works discussed is needed.
Naomi Shihab Nye in Phoenix – April 17 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.
Naomi Shihab Nye – April 18, Thursday at 7:00 PM / The Poetry Center is proud to present Naomi Shihab Nye, who will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This reading is presented with support from the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Main Library Poetry Circle: Refugee Poetry – April 20, 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.
Persona Reading – April 23, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / The Persona Literary Magazine has been displaying University of Arizona students’ work of literature and art since 1978. A reception is held an hour before the readings begin and allows guests and artists to mingle as well as the opportunity for purchasing a copy of the newest edition.
Rigoberto González – April 25, Thursday at 7:00 PM / We are proud to present Rigoberto González, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. González is the Poetry Center’s Spring 2019 Poet in Residence.
Cyclovia 2019 Celebrates National Poetry Month!
Learn more at Cyclovia’s website.
Open house in the Poetry Center library: Come learn about the Poetry Center and our collections and programs, and take a break in our world-class poetry library.
Kids activities in the Rubel Room:
• Come explore the vintage typewriters
• A writing station that will explore Poet Nikki Giovanni’s line “Bicycles: because love requires trust and balance.” Participants will explore why they love bicycles, with a chance to used their writing to decorate the spokes of their bike.
• A quieter corner where kids can sit and listen to children’s books being read
Odeum activities throughout the day, including:
• 9-10 am Carnegia
• 10-11 am Stories that Soar
• 11-12 pm Barbara Peabody and Whitney Vale
• 12-1 pm Rashaad Thomas & Phoenix poets
• 1-2 pm Kore Press
• 2-3 pm TC Tolbert & Mayor Rothschild
Hall of Giants: Tour the roadways immediately adjacent to the Poetry Center to discover ten poets and one of their poems, each with a history connected to Tucson and the Poetry Center.
Emily Dickinson photobooth and gingerbread tasting: Enjoy our Emily Dickinson photobooth and a chance to sample her gingerbread recipe at 11am while supplies last.
Silkscreen print your own poems with CREAM printing!: Come print a poem by TC Tolbert, Tucson’s Poet Laureate, or Tucson poet Ofelia Zepeda at the silkscreen station! Or: make your own poem from our pre-selected heat-transfer words and print them on a t-shirt. Free t-shirts while supplies last, or bring your own favorite shirt or bag and enjoy a custom printed shirt!
Letterpress printing stations: Explore letterpress printing with the Jack Sinclair Letterpress Studio from the University of Arizona School of Art, with demonstrations on three presses.
Write your own Bike-ku: bicycle-themed haiku at a creation station along the Cyclovia route!
Enjoy food truck fare from four vendors: Bugaloo’s Soft Serve, Peddler on the Path, Pops Hot Chicken, and Ricuras de Venezuela.
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