Please note that registration for all Summer 2019 University of Arizona Poetry Center Classes and Workshops opens April 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Registration remains open for each class until it fills.

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A Poet’s Field Guide To Tucson: The Ecology of These Streets

Class Meetings: Tuesdays, May 7 - June 11, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 205

where the I is the public, where the I is things, where the I is the things that happen. - Amelia Rosselli
In this class, Tucson will be our subject. As poets, prose writers, and interdisciplinary artists, we will share, discuss, and write our many versions of the city. Keeping a “street notebook," we will record conversations, observations, images, ideas, found text, etc. while also embarking on site-specific field work, with the goal of completing twelve new pieces, some of which will be workshopped. Topics might include human behavior, urban sprawl/renewal, borders/boundaries, murals, backyard climate change, and sidewalk botany. Drawing inspiration from the work of Lydia Otero, Etel Adnan, Ida B. Wells, Sophie Calle, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Werner Herzog among others, we will learn to employ poetic devices across genres, finding poetry not just in form but in our surroundings and how we engage. This class will help us to reimagine our relationships to Tucson during the heat of summer, to turn our days into poetry, and to discover or illuminate a hidden collective consciousness.

Instructor bio:  

The Poet Dot Devota is the author of The Division of Labor (Rescue Press), And The Girls Worried Terribly (Noemi Press), The Eternal Wall (BookThug), and Dept. Of Posthumous Letters (Argos Books). MW: A Field Guide to the Midwest is her nonfiction novel; excerpts are published in PENAmerica, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Magazine, among others. Her most recent book >SHE is autofiction.

Poetry as Activism and Social Change: A Generative Workshop

Class Meeting: Saturday, May 25, from 10:00 PM - 2:00 PM (half hour for lunch), in the Poetry Center Conference Room 207

The Nation posted an article on August 20, 2018 titled, “Poetry Is Everywhere,” with the subheading, “Far from “going extinct,” as it was once predicted, poems are viral, vital—and invincible.” The power and impact of poetry is on the rise, as a way for our nation to turn inward to understand our social, political, and economic inequities. On a panel, poet and professor, Joshua Bennett, talked about the state of dis-information in the political life of the United States. He said, “Either we are doing the work of making a better world, or we are doing something else.” What does it mean to be a poet in the current climate of our nation? What does Bennett mean by “doing something else”? Poets and artists by intrinsic nature look beyond the veil of what is, to expose the seams necessary for social change. Do poets have an obligation to call failed systems and structures into question? Is poetry activism? If so, what makes poetry activism? This generative workshop will consider the role that art, and specifically poetry, plays in activism and how the necessity of voice in poetry is prevalent now, more than ever. We will read and discuss poems designed to challenge, upheave, and disrupt the status quo, from poets such as Terrance Hayes, Jennifer S. Cheng, Tommy Pico, Claudia Rankine, Eduardo C. Corral, and Danez Smith. Workshop exercises will explore voice as a powerful instrument of social change, leveraging the page as an expression of social consideration or deconstruction, reclaiming language and poetic forms to the individual and the marginalized, and viewing a single poem as part of a larger conversation in poetry. Generated poems will be workshopped in dyads and in small groups through at least two short, round-robin methods for greater touch-points of consideration. Come ready to talk, ready to write, ready to interact, and ready to explore poetry as an art of activism.

Instructor bio:  

Felicia Zamora is the author of the poetry books Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press 2018), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press 2017). She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from Verse, authored two chapbooks, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate for Fort Collins, CO. Her published works may be found or forthcoming in Academy of American Poets (Poem-A-Day), Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Lana Turner, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, The Cincinnati Review, The Georgia Review, The Nation,Verse Daily, West Branch, and others. She is the Associate Poetry Editor for the Colorado Review, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and is the Education Programs Manager for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

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