reading tonight!

August 23, 2021

Join, host Derek Sheffield, and three stellar readers this evening, Monday, August 23, 2021, 5:00pm Arizona/Pacific, for a free reading and Q & A in the online Reading Series. The featured readers are Alison Hawthorne Deming, Suzanne S. Rancourt, and Anne Haven McDonnell.

Alison Hawthorne Deming, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship among other awards, is retired Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. Her new nonfiction book A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress will be out from Counterpoint in August. Her most recent books are the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven and the essay collection Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.

Suzanne S. Rancourt is of Abenaki/Huron descent. Her debut collection of poems, Billboard in the Clouds, won the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. murmurs at the gate was published in 2019 and Old Stones, New Roads was published in 2021. An aikido and Iaido practitioner, Suzanne holds graduate degrees in psychology and creative writing, and is a multimodal Expressive Arts therapist. She is a USMC and Army veteran.

Anne Haven McDonnell lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and teaches as associate professor in English and creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her poetry has been published in Orion, The Georgia Review, Narrative Magazine, Nimrod Journal,, and elsewhere. Her poems won the fifth annual poetry prize, second place in Narrative Magazine’s 12th Annual Poetry Contest, and second place for the Gingko international ecopoetry prize. Her chapbook Living with Wolves was published with Split Rock Press in fall 2020. Her full-length manuscript has been a finalist for the Levis Poetry Prize, the Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize, and the Hopper Poetry Prize. Anne has been a writer-in-residence and at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

This should be good. Register here for Zoom access.

new podcast

July 7, 2020

We recently wrote about voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Audio Video Library of more than 1,000 recordings of poets reading their work during visits to the Center between 1963 and today. The Poetry Center has now curated selections from voca for a brand-new podcast series, Poetry Centered.

In each episode, a guest poet introduces three poems from voca, sharing their insights about the remarkable performances recorded in our archive. Each episode concludes with the guest poet reading a poem of their own. Our inaugural season includes episodes hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ada Limón, Urayoán Noel, Maggie Smith, and TC Tolbert.

Visit the Poetry Centered Podcast page to listen, subscribe, or download transcripts.

virtual town hall

April 20, 2020

Since 2016, more than 175 writers, artists, scientists, and political and community leaders have offered their impassioned Letters to America in These are now collected — with 50 new letters — in the book Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy.

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 5:00pm Pacific, you can celebrate the launch of the book and the first of a new Dear America Virtual Town Hall event series. The event features Alison Hawthorne Deming, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Ellen Bass, and is moderated by editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Dear American Virtual Town Hall on Facebook.

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