University of Arizona Poetry Center

Type of Venue: 
Event Types: 
Reading, Panel, Talk, Performance

Established in 1962, the University of Arizona Poetry Center Reading and Lecture Series presents readings by nationally known poets including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, Arizona poets, lectures on poetry and literature, interdisciplinary performances, and outreach events at which writers of all ages share their creative work and are celebrated for their achievements. Our annual Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading features emerging and innovative writers. The Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading presents translators of poetry and international poets. UA Prose Series readings, curated by the University of Arizona Creative Writing faculty and featuring writers of fiction and nonfiction, are also presented as part of the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series. In 1963, the Poetry Center began recording readings presented under the auspices of the Series. We have now archived fifty years of readings of by poets and writers. These recordings are available to all through Voca, our online audiovisual library, at

Representative Readers: 

Thomas Sayers Ellis, Natalie Diaz, Eduardo C. Corral, Mary Jo Bang, Cathy Park Hong, Philip Schultz, Craig Santos Perez, Yona Harvey, Zachary Schomburg, Joyelle McSweeney, Fanny Howe, Mary Szybist.

1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721