Please note that registration for all Fall 2018 University of Arizona Poetry Center Classes and Workshops opens August 15th, 2018 at 11:00am. 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

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.

Poetry as Matrix
Class Meetings: Saturday and Sunday, 11/3 – 11/4 from 1:00-5:00 pm in the Poetry Center Alumni Room 205.

Poetry as a Matrix, Hyperreality or Frame: poems about a (any) present moment

Climate change, a childhood memory of childhood, feeding the dog, the history of a feeling, an appointment, a loved one who is suffering, suffering ourselves... when writing a poem we make a decision at every moment about what of our psyche, our dailiness, and the world's psyche and dailiness can enter it. And we make a decision about what we leave out. We create boundaries and frames and invitations--and what is left out of a poem is often as important to the poem as what is inside of it. This two day class will involve close readings of contemporary and historical poems, and generative exercises toward writing and thinking about the matrices of poetry's present moment.

Instructor bio:  


The Hattie Lockett Awards are presented annually to three University of Arizona undergraduate students who, in the fall of their senior year, demonstrate great promise as poets. Three prizes in the amount of $300 each are awarded each year. The award was established in 1978 by Clay Lockett in memory of his mother, Hattie Greene Lockett (1880-1962). An Arizona teacher, sheep rancher, and writer, Hattie Lockett was president of the Arizona League of American Pen Women and served as their Poetry chairman. She also inaugurated Arizona Poetry Day.

We're excited to announce that the 2018 Hattie Lockett judge is Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora’s books include Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame 2017), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press 2017), and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions 2018). Her poetry is found in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, jubilat, North American Review, OmniVerse, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, West Branch, and others. She won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, authored two chapbooks, was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. She is Associate Poetry Editor for the Colorado Review and the Education Programs Coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Contest Eligibility

The Hattie Lockett Awards are open to University of Arizona seniors enrolled in at least 12 hours of course work at the time of the contest.

Enter the Contest

The 2018 contest will open to submissions on Friday, September 7, 2018, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, October 1, 2018, at midnight MST.

Paper submissions will not be accepted. Please make sure that the poems you  submit are exactly as you want them to appear. Revisions will not be accepted  while poems are under review. 

Submissions should include:

  •   A typed manuscript of three poems totaling no more than ten pages.
  • All poems should be included in one document.
  •   We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.
  • Please format your text in Times New Roman or Arial font, size 12.
  •   Name should not appear on work.


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