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UA Poetry Center This March
Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm MST
Coming up soon at the Poetry Center.
We are sad to announce that due to the San Antonio mayor’s declaration of a state of emergency, we will not be in attendance at this year’s AWP Conference. We’re already looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Kansas City!
Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory – February 25 through April 18 / Birds of Longing, a collection of distinctive fiber art pieces by Laurie Wohl with an accompanying soundscape, emphasizes commonalities among the spiritual texts and poetry of the three Abrahamic religions. Wohl’s unique Unweavings interweave Jewish, Muslim, and Christian texts from the medieval period of the Convivencia in Spain with those of contemporary Middle Eastern poets, particularly Palestinian, Syrian, and Israeli. Themes of spiritual love, justice, memory, exile, mistrust of enemies, and yearning for reconciliation recur throughout Birds of Longing, stimulating thought about the shared emotional, aesthetic, thematic, and spiritual content of these traditions.
Kids Create – March 21, Saturday at 10:00 AM / Kids Create is a day of workshops, music, activities, and refreshments just for kids infant through 10 years old 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: Robert Frost – March 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.
Shop Talk: The Work of Hanif Abdurraqib – March 24, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / Poet and Poetry Center Senior Library Assistant Leela Denver leads a Shop Talk on the work of Hanif Abdurraqib. 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.
Hanif Abdurraqib in Phoenix – March 25, Wednesday at 7:00 PM / We are proud to present Hanif Abdurraqib, who will read from his work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. This event will take place at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Oro Valley Poetry Circle: Paisley Rekdal – March 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.
Art for Justice Reading: Hanif Abdurraqib – March 26, Thursday at 7:00 PM / We are proud to present Hanif Abdurraqib, who will read from his work commissioned for the Poetry Center’s Art for Justice grant. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Art for Justice grant funds a three-year project that will commission new work from leading writers in conversation with the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States, with the goal of creating new awareness and empathy through presentation and publication.
Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon – March 27, Friday at 10:00 AM / Join us at the CATalyst Studios (Main Library) from 10am-4pm on March 27th, 2020, in room B252-B254, for a day of editing Wikipedia pages concerning womxn and non-binary artists, makers, poets, photographers. The edit-a-thon will include a keynote by local artist Natalie Brewster Nguyen, tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, lightning talks and group editing, reference materials, and lunch will be provided. Please note: this event takes place at the University of Arizona Main Library, not at the Poetry Center. To register (required) click here.
Free Time: Building a Community of Mentors for Incarcerated Writers – March 28, Saturday at 10:00 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.
Voices from Inside – March 28, Saturday at 5:00 PM / Poetry from system-involved writers mentored through the Free Time Community Writing Workshop. This event will be held in the Rubel Room at the Poetry Center.
Birds of Longing Gallery Talk with Laurie Wohl – March 31, Tuesday at 6:00 PM / Textile artist Laurie Wohl will give a 30-minute talk on her work Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory. This event will take place in the Poetry Center’s Jeremy Ingalls Gallery. Wohl’s presentation begins around 6:15 PM, with time to view the exhibit before and after.
Art + Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon returns in a new location!
Join us at the CATalyst Studios in the Main Library for a day of editing Wikipedia pages on womxn and non-binary artists, makers, poets, and photographers!
When: March 27, 10am-4pm
Where: CATalyst Studios (Main Library)
This all-day event is designed to improve coverage of womxn, non-binary, and femme-identified people and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage diverse editorship. The edit-a-thon will include a keynote by local artist Natalie Brewster Nguyen, tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, lightning talks, group editing and reference materials. Lunch will be provided! People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, with a special welcome to womxn, non-binary, and femme people. This event is generously sponsored and co-hosted by CATalyst Studios, the Center for Creative Photography, the Poetry Center, the Public History Collaborative, and the Wikimedia Foundation, making it free and open to the general public as well as the University of Arizona community.
To register (required) and get event details, including workshop descriptions and times, please click here.
On re-reading, and teaching, Layli Long Soldier’s “Whereas”
Feature writer Jill Darling on teaching in a creative writing classroom: “…Long Soldier is teaching us about historical power and the silencing of Native voices, [and] I was, as I often am, struck by the capacity of my students to teach me so much.”
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