February at the Poetry Center is chock-full of events, special exhibits, special guests, collaborations, and more!
2015 Summer Residency Winner Announced
We’re pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 Summer Residency Program: poet, author, and performer Hieu Minh Nguyen. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014), and is a Kundiman fellow, a recipient of the VERVE grant from Intermedia Arts, and a recipient of the Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant from The Loft Literary Center. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Journal, PANK, Anti-, Muzzle, decomP, Indiana Review, and other journals. Selected by our 2015 residency judge Eduardo C. Corral, Nguyen will spend two weeks at the Poetry Center this summer, and will read from his work on July 23, 2014. Congratulations, Hieu!
Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals: Poetry Recitation by TeensOn February 14, watch and listen to great poetry performed by high-school students from throughout Southern Arizona as they compete for the chance to proceed to state and national finals. Created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, the National Poetry Out Loud competition encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Between rounds, DJ Dirtyverbs mixes music and special guest Sarah Kortemeier performs her poems.
UA Student Poetry Contest: Submit!February 19 is the deadline for our spring 2015 University of Arizona student poetry contests. We’re excited to announce that our contest judge this spring is Wendy S. Walters, a poet, essayist, editor, and Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York. Learn more about the contests and submit here!
Poet Ariana Reines Comes to TucsonPoet Ariana Reines comes to Tucson this month! On Saturday, February 21, she and Joshua Marie Wilkinson read for POG at the Conrad Wilde Gallery in an event co-sponsored by the Poetry Center. On Monday, February 23, Reines delivers a presentation-workshop at the Poetry Center titledAncient Evenings.
Family Day: Creative Writing Activities for Kids Ages 0 to 13What is Family Day at the Poetry Center? First of all, you can expect free breakfast, including caffeinated beverages for parents and guardians in need of a boost. Then we offer hour-long creative writing workshops for kids led by teaching artists trained in innovative creative writing techniques. Four different workshop sessions are held simultaneously to accommodate a range of ages. After the workshop sessions we offer a concert, and all participants are welcome to play in and around the library, where they might find typewriters, magnetic poetry, and other fun games available for discovery. Family Days is a literacy-rich experience for your kids, grandkids, and kid friends. Join us onSaturday, February 28 for the next Family Day! Thanks to Pima Federal Credit Union and Bruce Larkin for sponsoring Family Days.
Discover New Sides of the Poetry Center on Social Media!Did you know that the Poetry Center is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? All three are great ways to get more information about the Poetry Center and the poetry world. What’s happening at the Poetry Center today? What was Philip Larkin’s favorite tool for writing his poems? Which poets have been spotted recently in the library? What wonderful rare book do the librarians have out on their desk today? Which dog most resembles Charles Bukowsi? And how large IS the Poetry Center’s rubber-band ball? To find the answers to these burning questions and more, just follow us online!
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