University of Arizona Poetry Center

Leading academic poetry institution

Grantee Cohort Fall 2017

Location National

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.