University of Arizona Poetry Center- August 2015 Summer socials, fall calendar, and more

Summer socials, fall calendar, and more!
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August at the Poetry Center

Whitman Circle Summer Socials: Poetry Plus Friends

Every summer, the Poetry Center’s Walt Whitman Circle hosts free summer socials featuring literary events. These socials are a great way to learn about new poetry and art, enjoy free snacks, and meet like-minded folks. We have two socials left on our calendar this summer! On August 12, Tucson poet Shelly Taylor talks about her work editing Hick Poetics, a poetry anthology that deals with the rural and wild. On August 26, Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos speaks on Magical Realism in the 21st century. Both events take place in the Copper Room at Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson.

Announcing Our Fall Schedule

Our Fall 2015 calendar of events is full of fantastic readings, lectures, discussion groups, family events, writing workshops, literary screenings in partnership with The Loft Cinema, and more!

We’re proud to present, as part of the 53th annual season of the Reading and Lecture Series, a star-studded lineup that includes Richard Siken, Mark Doty, Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Brenda Hillman, Jerome Rothenberg, Phillip Lopate, francine j. harris, Tarfia Faizullah, Annie Guthrie, Laynie Browne, Paul Hurh, Srikanth Reddy, Suzanne Buffam, and Erik Reece. Readings take place in Tucson at the Poetry Center and in Phoenix at Phoenix Art Museum.

Through our Classes & Workshops program we’re offering The Art of the Chapbooktaught by Joni Wallace, a translation workshop taught by Tucson Poet Laureate Rebecca Seiferle, Intertextual Poetics with Kristi Maxwell, and more. Register for courses here.

Our two literature discussion group programs, Shop Talk and A Closer Look Book Club, offer opportunities to discuss work by Mark Doty, Teju Cole, Denis Johnson, Rudolfo Anaya, and others.

And as always, we offer great opportunities for kids, youth, and their families and teachers through our Family Day open houses and Lit Press Fest for Teens.

Become a Poetry Center Docent!

Are you interested in joining an incredible group of people? Would you like to learn more about the role poetry plays in Tucson, Arizona, and beyond? Do you want to spend time in one of the most beautiful buildings in the state? Are you passionate about service and lifelong learning?

If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the good news is that Poetry Center is now accepting applications for our docent training program! This opportunity comes around only once a year, so if you’re interested, we encourage you to apply now. The deadline to submit your application is August 22. More details here.

Pictured: Poetry Center docent Mary Myers.

New in the Children’s Area

A mural featuring Edgar Allen Poe has just been completed in the Poetry Center’s Children’s Area! This mural celebrates the upcoming Tucson Big Read featuring Poe, spearheaded by Literacy Connects with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Muralist Joe Pagac, who has just been nominated for a 2015 Lumie Award for Best Artist from Tucson Pima Arts Council, painted Poe with a black cat sitting on his shoulder in honor of Poe’s beloved cat who sometimes sat on his shoulder while he wrote. Come by the Poetry Center to check out this wonderful painting!

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