The University of Arizona Poetry Center Oct 1, 2014- Faculty Reading, Day of the Dead Reading, Allen Crawford & More!

October at the Poetry Center
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October at the Poetry Center

Faculty Reading, Day of the Dead Reading, Allen Crawford & More!

Note: All events take place at the Poetry Center unless otherwise stated.
Faculty Reading: Alison Hawthorne Deming and Susan Briante 

When: Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

University of Arizona Creative Writing Program faculty Alison Hawthorne Deming and Susan Briante read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A session and book signing.

Allen Crawford: Illuminating Whitman

Walt Whitman’s iconic collection of poems Leaves of Grass has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. It’s only appropriate then that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate—like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures—Whitman’s masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, “Song of Myself.” Crawford has turned the original 60-page poem from Whitman’s 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art, published as Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself by Tin House Books in 2014. In this artist’s talk, Allen Crawford shares his process of creating Whitman Illuminated. He discusses his year-long voyage through Walt Whitman’s poem, describing his approach to creating parallel visual narrative to the text and his relationship with Whitman’s work. Crawford will speak at the Poetry Center as well as the Phoenix Art Museum.

Illuminating Whitman
@ The Poetry Center

When: Thursday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Poetry Center

Illuminating Whitman
@ Phoenix Art Museum

When: Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free and open to the public.

Professional Development
Workshops for Educators

When: Tucson – Saturday October 11th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phoenix – Saturday November 8th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Register now for this professional teacher workshop on based around the National Poetry Out Loud Contest for high school students. It is general enough for all 6-12 grade teachers to benefit from and use in their classes, and it connects poetry performance to ELA standards, providing a platform for the entire school year. Participating teachers earn a certificate for eight hours of continuing education credit. Visit our webpage for more information and to register.

When: Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m.The UA Prose Series, curated by faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the UA, presents prose writers of distinction. Benjamin Alire Sáenz reads from his work. After the reading there will be a short Q&A session and a book signing.

A Closer Look Book Club:
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

When: Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

A Closer Look Book Club meets throughout the year to discuss novels and other works of fiction. To participate in a Book Club conversation, all you need to do is read the book and then join us in the Dorothy Rubel Room at the Poetry Center. At this book club discussion, we’ll focus our attention on two long essays from this collection: the title piece, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” and “Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All.”

Day of the Dead Memorial Reading

When: Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Honor the living spirits of those we have lost by giving voice to their poems and their legacies.  This participatory event will include an opportunity for community members to read a poem or other short excerpt from a poet who is no longer with us and to celebrate and remember their voice and poems. To express interest in giving voice to a recently-passed poet, please email Hannah Ensor at

New Works of Karen Green 

When: September 26th – December 10th

This fall, the Poetry Center features the work of Karen Green. In Green’s works the interplay of text and image doesn’t craft a “complete” picture. There is collage, yes, but never simply a recontextualizing into discrete presence. It crafts holes. It haunts. In a hole is grief or shame (“if we can call it that”), but also the possibility of orientation, the limits of something new. Her works are nationally recognized and collected by institutions including the Yale Beinecke Library and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her book Bough Down received The Believer Poetry Award and was included in many “Best of 2013” lists, such as at Slate, NPR, and The New Republic.

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