look, listen, watch

June 6, 2022

We mention the University of Arizona Poetry Center with some frequency because their work on behalf of poetry and poets is worthwhile wherever you live. Among the Center’s many programs is the audiovisual archive Voca. The archive features audio and video recordings from the Center’s Reading Series and other readings as well as images from the Center’s photographic archives.

Archive access is free. You can browse or search in a variety of ways, such as by reading series, by reader, or by tag (topic). You can also find curated selections from Voca on the Poetry Centered podcast, which just completed its fifth season.

Late last year, the University announced that the Poetry Center had received a $135,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funds will be used to create captions for the entire historical collection of recordings on Voca.

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.

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