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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm MST

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Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory is now ONLINE!

Birds of Longing, a collection of distinctive fiber art pieces by Laurie Wohl, 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.

The physical exhibition was originally displayed at the Poetry Center in spring 2020.
You can also view a Gallery Talk by Laurie Wohl here.

Laurie Wohl presents a gallery talk on Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory. Originally scheduled for March 31, 2020, at the Poetry Center, this digital version of the talk was recorded on April 2, with Wohl presenting remotely from her home in New York City. A brief conversation between Wohl and Poetry Center Library Specialist Julie Swarstad Johnson concludes the presentation.

Questions of Sustainability, Potable Water, and “Swimmer Poetics”

Poetry is a strange art form in that it is always demanded to “do” something. When a friend gets married, people demand a poem; when disaster strikes, we need a poem. In the age of the Anthropocene, a world rife with human demands upon the earth that are not sustainable, can poetry help us understand? What do we do with this disrupted world, what do we do with poetry? Can we regain a sense of stability—has such harmony ever existed?

Virtual Shop Talk: Timothy Donnelly

In lieu of the reading by Timothy Donnelly that was to be held on Thursday, April 16, please enjoy this overview of Donnelly’s work. Here you will find biographical information, links to poems and interviews, and writing prompts for you to explore.

Five Poetry Lesson Plans for K-5 Students

Do you know creative kids who will be home until in-school instruction resumes? Do you want to inspire a kiddo to work on their reading and writing in an engaging, playful way? Are you looking for a fun activity to do as a household or to assign to your students? I’d like to suggest these five straightforward and inspiring lessons plans, crafted by Writing the Community teaching artists. While they were originally developed for K-5 students in classroom settings, these lessons are easily adapted for all ages (grown ups, too!) and for at-home learning and play. Happy writing! (And if you’d like more inspiration, be sure to check out our lesson plan archive.)

vocalisms #9: Roger Bonair-Agard & vocalisms #10: Ruth Stephan

vocalisms is a regular feature 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. We’ve presented these selections from Julie Swarstad Johnson, our Library Specialist,  for a few years now, but we’re starting from the beginning in case you missed them!

This Week On Social Media

Happy Earth Day! This year, we are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this important public recognition of the modern environmental movement.  At the link, we’ve shared some resources at the Poetry Center to help celebrate Earth Day this year!

We’re proud to be part of the reason students choose to attend the University of Arizona. Welcome to the 2020 Flinn Scholars!

Our Events Program Coordinator Patri Hadad is moving on to a new position, and we’ll miss her dearly! You may know that Patri is an incredible artist in addition to her many other talents, and she shared this piece, inspired by Ada Limón’s poem “The Conditional” on her last day. (You can also watch Ada read this poem on voca.) Best wishes, Patri!


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am MST
Sunday, May 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm MST
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