University of Arizona Poetry Center- April 2015 Events

April events at the University of Arizona Poetry Center
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April at the Poetry Center

All events take place at the Poetry Center and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

April 2, 7:00 pm

Poet and writer Natalie Diaz reads as part of the Poetics and Politics of Water series. Natalie Diaz’s first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She has received many awards including a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and Residency, a Holmes National Poetry Prize, and most recently, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University.

April 4, 10:00 am

Poetry Center docents lead a poetry discussion at Tucson Botanical Gardens, located at 2150 North Alvernon Way. This month we’re reading and discussing poems related to travel. Come on the road with us! Free with admission to the Gardens.

Poetry Center at AWP
April 9 – 11

We’re heading to Minneapolis to participate in the 2015 AWP conference. Come find us in the Book Fair at table #1618, where we’ll be giving out poetry postcards and sharing a visual display of poets who have read at the Poetry Center since our founding in 1960. Executive Director Tyler Meier participates in the Digital Strategy as Mission Statement: Three Models panel, and Marketing Director Annie Guthrie participates in the Literary Production and the Gift Economy panel.

April 15, 7:00 pm

As True As Rain to the Sea is a conversation on the poetics and politics of water, and is the final event in the series of the same name, sponsored by American Indian Studies and the Department of English. Held in honor of Vine Deloria, Jr., the roundtable discussion will feature James Anaya, Jim Enote, and Charles Wilkinson, and will be moderated by Robert Hershey.

April 16, 8:00 pm at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress
Claudia Rankine reads as part of this year’s fantastic Tucson Festival of Books schedule. Claudia’s visit is sponsored by the Tucson Festival of Books and POG and is co-sponsored by the Poetry Center. This event is free and open to the public.

PERSONA Issue Release Reading
April 16, 7:00 pm

Established in 1978, Persona is the University of Arizona’s undergraduate literary journal.Contributors read from their work at this celebration of the new issue.

April 18, 2:00 pm

Silent Anatomies: Cultural Silences and the Body is an event that begins with a multidisciplinary reading and talk by Monica Ong on cultural silences of the body. This will be followed by a panel presentation to be held in conversation with the Open Embodiments: Bringing Somatechnics to Tucson conference.

POETIC VOICES at Oro Valley Public Library
April 23, 2:00 pm

This month’s free poetry discussion group at Oro Valley Public Library is titled The Interior Voice: Emily Dickinson. You’re invited to come and share your knowledge or just listen and learn. No prior knowledge of Dickinson’s poetry is needed. Poetry Center docents will provide reading materials and moderate the discussion.

April 25, 10:00 am

For the past fifteen years, the Poetry Center has hosted an annual corrido contest for Arizona high-school students. This year we bring the contest to a conclusion, although we will continue to support the teaching of the corrido through online resources. In this final awards event for the contest, musical renditions of winning corridos will be performed in a showcase of youth talent, local musicians, and border culture. A reception follows.

SHOP TALK: The Work of Emily Dickinson as Seen by Jen Bervin
April 28, 6:00 pm

Poet and UA Creative Writing MFA candidate Brianna Sheaffer leads a Shop Talk discussion on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and its interpretation by poet and visual artist Jen Bervin, who reads for the Poetry Center in Tucson on April 30 and at the Phoenix Art Museum on May 1. Free and open to the public.

At the Poetry Center on April 30, 7:00 pm
At the Phoenix Art Museum on  May 1, 7:00 pm

Jen Bervin works in hybrid forms that blend language, writing, and the visual arts. Her works are held in more than thirty collections including the Walker Art Center and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her recent book, Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Times Literary Supplement, Hyperallergic, and the New Yorker. She talks about her practice at the Poetry Center on April 30 and at the Phoenix Art Museum on May 1.

SHAME EVERY ROSE: Images from Afghanistan
On exhibit through May 22

Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan is an exhibit illuminating the landay, a clandestine oral folk poetry practiced by the Pashtun women who live near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The exhibit features photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating life in Afghanistan and landays by Pashtun women. Presented in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation.

We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual spring University of Arizona student poetry and broadside contests! Congratulations to the winning poets Nick Greer, Sally McCallum, Matthew Schmidt, Brianna Sheaffer, and Liam Swanson. And congratulations to the winning broadside artists Katherine Killian, Travis Boswell, Jiasi He, Jared Pinon, and Andrew Shuta. There will be a reception and exhibit of the broadsides resulting from these contests on May 7 in the library, directly after the second of our two Creative Writing MFA graduate student readings.

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