Fall 2019 Class Scholarships closed on July 30. Read more here. 

Student Contests will open in Spring 2020. 

CantoMundo opened October 1 and ends December 29 Arizona time! 

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Please note that registration for all Fall 2019 University of Arizona Poetry Center Classes and Workshops opened August 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Registration remains open for each class until it fills.

If the class that interests you does not appear below, it is because the class is fully enrolled. You may be added to a waitlist for the class by emailing the Patri Hadad, the Events Program Coordinator, at patri@email.arizona.edu

For more details on the Classes & Workshops program and the classes this fall, please visit the Classes and Workshops Current Offerings page of the University of Arizona Poetry Center web site.

Please visit our Registration page to learn about cancellations and refund policies. 


Formatting Directions for Applications

  • PDF format only
  • Letter-sized paper (8½ x 11), with 1-inch margins, 12-point font, Times New Roman

 Submit the following in a PDF format:
1. Cover letter (ONE PAGE, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font) - Include:
a. Contact Information

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone Number
  4. Email

 b. Brief history of previous publications and/or public readings/performances

c. Statement of commitment to CantoMundo vision

d. What you would like to gain from the CantoMundo retreat
2. Sample of writing (Five pages maximum, single-spaced, 8½ x 11-sized paper, with 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font)
Criteria for Craft Workshop Selection
The criteria are:

  1. A significant record of publishing in poetry (book-length manuscript, chapbook, journals, self-publishing, etc.) and/or broad and accomplished experience in the performance of original poetry; and
  2. Self-identify as Latinx.

Poets who gain acceptance will be notified no later than March 18, 2020 (via phone or email).
CantoMundo is committed to including a collective of diverse poetic voices and styles, as well as representation from all Latinx backgrounds.

Class Meetings: Tuesdays, October 15 - November 5, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 207.

“Writings about food are necessarily as diverse as writings about any art … and as illuminative of the things that matter because food is connected to everything,” writes Betty Fussell in “Eating My Words,” an essay that fiercely defends the culinary as a serious literary subject.

In this 4-week writing workshop, we’ll explore our lives and the world around us through a culinary lens. We’ll read authors like Michael Twitty, Denise Chávez, Virgie Tovar, the Kitchen Sisters, Joe Watson, and Natalie Lima; and essays that touch on everything from prison cooking to the African influences in United States’ cuisine to childhood memories of rolled tacos and biscochos. Taking inspiration from these writers, we’ll experiment with memoir, personal essays, and reported nonfiction. We’ll ask: How can we use craft to turn culinary memories into compelling essays? How can food writing catalyze important conversations, and illuminate social and political concerns? How can we effectively communicate that food is, as Betty Fussell writes, “connected to everything”?

Students will have the opportunity to submit one short essay for workshop. This course is designed to be open to all levels of writers.

Instructor bio:  

Wren Awry is an essayist and occasional poet who writes about environmental and social activism, queerness, and community building through a culinary lens. A former prep and pizza cook, they’ve written about food for Entropy, Essay Daily, Edible Baja Arizona, and Tucson Foodie, and have work forthcoming from The Rumpus.They curate the Nourishing Resistance interview series—on food and social change—at Bone + All. Wren is a K-12 Education Programs Coordinator at the UA Poetry Center and holds a BA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona.

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