University of Arizona Poetry Center


Rubel Room: activities for kids

  • Typewriter corner using vintage typewriters
  • drop in writing activity based on Nikki Giovanni’s line “Bicycles: because love requires trust and balance.”
  • A corner where kids can sit and listen to children’s books being read

More Activities All Day

  • Live poetry screen printing by CREAM (shirts available or people can/should bring their own to print on)
  • UA Jack Sinclair Letterpress Lab demonstrations
  • Bike-ku Poetry Creation Stations
  • “Hall of Giants” Poetry Tour
  • Emily Dickinson poetry photo-op, including gingerbread tasting at 11am
  • Poetry Center Library Open House
  • Urban Poetry Pollinators/Pollination Station – Chalk & type spring/pollinator poems. (will have 1 typewriter could we borrow a few from PC?) (2-3 UPP volunteers)


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About The University of Arizona Poetry Center


The Poetry Center is a leading literary institution and a living archive of poetry. As a premier example of a thriving public/private partnership, the Poetry Center connects the University of Arizona with the greater literary community in Tucson and beyond. We have amassed one of the finest and largest print/digital collections of contemporary poetry in America, with an active schedule of acquisitions. We’ve welcomed over one thousand poets to Tucson to read. Our education programs annually serve Arizona school children, college students, and adults with poetry experiences. Our public/private partnership has invested in a permanent landmark home for poetry in the American Southwest, and this underscores our ongoing commitment to the future of poetry, poetics, literary arts, and the ever-growing diverse community that we serve and cherish.


To advance a diverse and robust literary culture that serves a local-to-global spectrum of writers, readers, and new audiences for poetry and the literary arts.


Designed by Line and Space LLC, the Helen S. Schaefer Building, our 17,500-foot landmark facility, brings a contemporary note to the University of Arizona campus. Architect Les Wallach employed a design principle called ‘a progression toward solitude.’ As visitors move from west to east through the building’s meeting and gathering spaces, they experience a gradual retreat into the peaceful solitude of the library collection

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