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Ceci (Yolanda Gutierrez) and La Prima (Anna de la Mora) comfort each other while plotting their escape in Teatro Meshico’s 'Luna Rojiza,' which sold out its two-weekend run in October.

Because of COVID-19, many arts organizations went dark during the pandemic, and the comeback was anything but certain - but the American Rescue Plan Act gave Teatro Meshico and other small arts groups, many in marginalized communities, a boost through grants. Read more»

Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States, has just begun her third term.

Joy Harjo of Oklahoma, the first Native American woman to serve as the nation’s poet laureate, has begun her third term – an honor bestowed only once before. Robert Pinsky was the first U.S. poet laureate to serve a third term, in 1999. Read more»

Sita the tiger died at the Reid Park Zoo at age 19, in July 2020.

A news poem by reader Lisa Periale Martin: Tyger, Tyger / gleaming bright / in the eyes / of those with might. Read more»

The sun rises over Tucson on Sunday morning, Dec. 27. 'We moved to Tucson 18 months ago from the East Coast. We love Tucson. People are great, weather Is fantastic, and the views are spectacular.' — reader Mike Dana

"Instead, how ’bout lauding the efforts of folks, Whose grand contributions merit positive strokes, And rejoice in the genius of women and men Who’re bound to restore our compassion again." Read more»

"on the edge / of monsoon rains / waiting, being mocked / played with..." Read more»

A vigil for Carlos Ingram-Lopez at the El Tiradito shrine in Downtown Tucson, June 25.

A poem of witness in memory of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez. Read more»


Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light." Read more»

Juan Felipe Herrera was announced as the next U.S. poet laureate on Wednesday.

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet. Read more»

Tyler Meier

The University of Arizona Poetry Center will see a change of meter this fall with the appointment of its first new executive director in over a decade. Tyler Meier, who is leaving his post as editor of the Kenyon Review, said he wants to expand the center's reach, engaging audiences both online and in the community. Read more»

Interviews with Joan Lionetti, Executive Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful; Tucson's new poet laureate Rebecca Seiferle; LD 10 state House candidate Stefanie Mach (D); and Tom Collier, Buckmaster contributor on consumer affairs. Read more»

Robert Burns' poem "Auld Lang Syne" has become a near-universal celebration of the New Year. Here are a few renditions of the famous Scots song. Read more»

The UA Poetry Center

The University of Arizona Poetry Center announced today that it received a $49,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to further develop its extensive audio/video collection. Read more»

A sketch of British poet Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath entitled "Portrait of me, made by Sylvia Plath, circa 1957" released by Bonhams auctioneers in central London, Sept. 29, 2005.

France may have its painters, Italy its art and opera, and German culture its matchless composers. But for England it’s poetry, and Westminster Abbey is where the immortals are memorialized. Read more»

Visiting poet Camille Dungy

This Friday and Saturday, Casa Libre will host a “Poetry Weekend” led by acclaimed poet Camille Dungy. The weekend-long event will feature two extensive morning workshops, afternoon exercises and evening poetry readings. Read more»

Poet Dan Beachy-Quick arrives in Tucson Thursday to give a reading at the UA Poetry Center. Since the publication of his first volume, "North True South Bright," he has emerged as a major new figure in American poetry, with good reason. Read more»