The University of Arizona Poetry Center November at the Poetry Center- Presents Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis & A Coffee Cantata/Kaffeekantate & Workshops & More

The University of Arizona Poetry Center November at the Poetry Center- Presents Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis & A Coffee Cantata/Kaffeekantate & Workshops & More

“Before I was born / I absorbed struggle.”

We are pleased to present two events with poet Thomas Sayers Ellis this month. On Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 pm at the Poetry Center, Ellis gives a poetry craft talk titled “The Assassination of Poetry, or How I Discovered I Was Writing Cover-Story Poetics.” Then, on Friday, November 7, at 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Art Museum, Ellis reads from his work. Q&A and book signing to follow both events.

“We are drawn to edges, to our own / parapets and sea-walls.”

Scottish poet Robin Robertson’s chiseled work contains echoes of Celtic landscapes, myths, and chants. The Poetry Archive calls him “a poet of austere and meticulous diction, tempered by a sensuous music.” He has won numerous awards for his poetry and is also a translator. This month, we offer two encounters with Robertson and his work. On Monday, November 10, at 6:00 pm, join us for a Shop Talk discussion of Robertson’s poetry. On Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 pm, Robertson reads at the Poetry Center, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Both events are free and open to the public.

Also This Month

Friday, November 7: The Poetry Center and the College of Humanities celebrate 100 years of Homecoming and our German Studies Department with a Coffee Cantata/Kaffeekantate. Enjoy Starbucks coffee, strudel, and conversation with musical pieces from Bach’s “Coffee Cantata.”

Saturday, November 6: We’re offering a Poetry Out Loud professional development workshop for Phoenix educators working with grades 6 through 12. The workshop connects poetry performance to ELA standards, providing a platform for the entire school year. Register now!

Thursday, November 20: Two events take place at the Poetry Center. The Closer Look Book Club meets to discuss The Forever War by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Dexter Filkins. Later that evening, we co-present a reading and reception celebrating issue 66 of Sonora Review, the literary journal of the University of Arizona Creative Writing Program. This event will also feature readings by the winners of the Poetry Center’s fall Hattie Lockett awards.

Saturday, November 22: For kids ages 0 to 13 and their families, we’re holding Family Day with writing workshops for kids, followed by a breakfast concert featuring Birks Works.

Apply! Summer Residency 2015

Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program has offered writers an opportunity to develop their work. Poets can apply for a chance to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona, in our guest apartment and also receive a stipend of $500. The application fee is now only $15; the deadline is December 15. Read more here.
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