Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:00am
Taught by Regents Professor David Soren, School of Anthropology, Department of Classics  WEDNESDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015   Tuition: $85.00   Join anthropologist and classical archaeologist David Soren for an overview of ancient Rome. Moving from the Early Iron Age to the so-called fall of the Roman Empire, the course will also look at the mysterious people known as the Etruscans. It will delve into Republican Rome’s development into an international powerhouse, drawing cultural inspiration from the ancient Greeks. The rise of Imperial Rome features propaganda-master Octavian, conqueror of Antony and Cleopatra, and heir to Julius Caesar. Finally, the class looks at the latest evidence about the “end” of Rome,... Read More
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:00am
Join us for a memorial service in honor of Lois Shelton, former director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, on Saturday, July 18, at 10:00 am. A reception will follow.Please dress comfortably for an indoor/outdoor service at the Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street. Parking in Zone 1 spaces and lots is free and open to the public on the weekends. Gifts in Lois' honor to the Poetry Center should be made out to "University of Arizona Foundation/Poetry Center: with a memo line of, "In honor of Lois Shelton." Read an obituary for Lois Shelton from the Arizona Daily Star.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Matt Bell joins 2015 summer resident Hieu Minh Nguyen for a reading at the Poetry Center on July 23rd, at 7pm. They will each read from their work, followed by a Q&A and a book signing.  Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014). Hieu is a Kundiman fellow, 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, The Paris-American, Muzzle, Vinyl, Indiana Review, and other journals. He lives in Minneapolis.  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... Read More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 5:00pm
Join us for a 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 activisim 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.   Please note:  This screening will take place at The Loft Cinema at 5:00pm on July 29th, 2015.  Note that this start time differs from other published information.  Hosted by the Poetry Center's Walt Whitman Circle.   The film is 60... Read More
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:00am
Taught by Professor Peter Medine, Department of English  MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015 Tuition: $135.00 This seminar begins by putting Dubliners and Portrait of an Artist into their social and literary contexts. We will then spend two meetings on each work. Though in different genres—the short story and the education novel—they are companion pieces in significant ways. Dubliners illustrates the oppression of Irish Catholics by British Protestants and by Irish Catholics themselves through the strictures of the institutionalized Church. A Portrait tells the tale of an individual who refuses to submit to either authority, and who seeks artistic freedom to write. The seminar... Read More
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am
Taught by Director Melissa Tatum, James E. Rogers College of Law  FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015 Tuition: $120.00 In the 1800s the newly created United States of America was seized by what was labeled “Manifest Destiny”--a deep-seated drive to expand from coast to coast. This drive encountered several obstacles, ranging from the challenges presented by geography and travel to the fact that large segments of land were already claimed by America’s indigenous people. The impulse toward a unified continent was also derailed by the Civil War and the division between the states. The military played a significant role in conquering the West and, obviously, in the Civil War. This course will explore how the actions of... Read More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 5:30pm
Join us at Hotel Congress for a talk by poet Shelly Taylor about Hick Poetics, the new anthology she co-edited along with Abraham SmithThis event will take place at the Copper Room in Hotel Congress on August 12th at 5:30pm.  Hosted by the Poetry Center's Walt Whitman Circle. Refreshments will be provided.  About the book: "This anthology offers up forty poets, from the globally famed to the emerging, each of whom have been or are now fast-tied to the countryside.  Let us sing to you of this age-old tradition so well we know the woodline. This book will feature not only poems but also aesthetic statements speaking towards our writers’ relationships with the liminal, the rural, the great American wilds. Meet our hicks... Read More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 5:30pm
Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos gives a talk on "Magical Realism in the 21st Century." This event will be held on August 26th, at 5:30pm at the Copper Room in Hotel Congress, and will be hosted by the Poetry Center's Walt Whitman Circle. Refreshments will be provided.  From the talk:  "Magical Realism is not so much about ghosts as possibility; not so much about the strange as the personal; not so much about science as singular circumstance, what might be called personal science.  It is a literature in continual exception to the rule.  In this country, we think of ourselves as founded upon precepts of individualism, while at the same time individualism—or difference, which is what that really means—is what scares us most."