University of Arizona Poetry Center July 2015- Memorial Lois Shelton & Reading: Hieu Minh Nguyen and Matt Bell


 University of Arizona Poetry Center July 2015- Memorial Lois Shelton & Reading: Hieu Minh Nguyen and Matt Bell
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July at the Poetry Center

Lois Shelton, 1932 – 2015

We are sad to announce that Lois Shelton, former Poetry Center director, died on June 10 at the age of 83. A memorial service in her honor will be held at the Poetry Center on Saturday, July 18, at 10:00 am, with a reception to follow.

Lois Shelton served as Center’s director from 1970 to 1990. She transformed the Poetry Center from a cozy cottage with a local following into a literary destination that attracts poets from around the world.The Poetry Center would not be what it is today without Lois’ leadership. She is dearly, dearly missed.

Reading: Hieu Minh Nguyen and Matt Bell

Poetry Center summer resident poet Hieu Minh Nguyen and Matt Bell give a reading at the Poetry Center on July 23. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Hieu Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar, a Kundiman fellow, and a recipient of the Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant from The Loft Literary Center. Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, and the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. His next novel, Scrapper, will be published in September 2015.

Even Though the Whole World is Burning

Please join us at The Loft Cinema on July 29 at 5:00 pm for a FREE screening of Even Though the Whole World is Burning, an intimate portrait of poet and environmentalist W.S. Merwin. The film chronicles Merwin’s significant place in 20th-century poetry, translation, and poetics, and highlights connections between Merwin’s environmental interests and activism and his writing life. Much of the film is shot on location at Merwin’s home in Hawaii, a recovered pineapple plantation that is now recognized as one of the greatest living palm collections in the world.

Summer Writing Workshops

There’s still space in a few of our summer creative writing workshops! In Shaping Text with Letterpress (July 18 through 26), you’ll have the chance to transform and shape a text of your own through printing and the book form. This course is a rare opportunity for non-students to work at the UA’s amazing Book Arts & Letterpress Lab. Learn more about the lab in this video.

In The Fact of Fiction: Turning Life into Story (August 15 and 16), instructor Ted McLoof will lead us in an exploration of the possibilities and pitfalls of writing autobiographically based fiction. In this weekend workshop, we’ll look at well-known examples of work by writers who turned their lives into fictional art (including Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Lydia Davis), talk about which real-life stories have the potential to work well as fiction pieces, and share our ideas for short story ideas with each other.

Register for courses here

Speedway & Swan

Tucson has a new contemporary poetry radio show! SPEEDWAY & SWAN is an hour-long show that airs on KXCI 91.3 every other Sunday at 4:00 pm. Hosted by poet Brian Blanchfield, the show presents contemporary poetry and music together. In each episode, Brian is joined by a different guest co-host who brings a selection of poems to share. The show also draws on the poetry archives of the Poetry Center and KXCI. Listen to archived episodes at the Poetry Center website and mark your calendars for the next episode, airing on July 26.

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