Grantee Cohort Fall 2017
The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona was founded in 1960. It is one of the country’s leading academic poetry institutions, and hosts programs including a reading and lecture series featuring nationally-known contemporary poets, outreach programs for writers of all ages, and a library with one of the country’s most extensive collections of contemporary English-language poetry. The Poetry Center administers a prison writing program that includes writing workshops in local state and federal prisons, a weekly writing workshop for formerly incarcerated writers, and a journal featuring works from writers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated called Walking Rain Review.
Funding from Art for Justice is supporting a new public poetry project that explored how criminal justice laws disproportionately affect people of color.