Under a law signed in 2012 as part of Arizona's centennial year of statehood, Alberto Ríos was appointed the inaugural state poet laureate by Governor Jan Brewer on August 19, 2013. Throughout his two-year year term, Ríos will "champion the art of American poetry, inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and educate Arizonans of all ages about the countless writers who have positively influenced our beautiful state,” said Governor Brewer. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  

In December 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski was named the first poet laureate of Phoenix, Arizona. She will serve a two-year term.

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Feb 08 2018
Craft Talk: Khaled Mattawa
Khaled Mattawa, author of the scholarly study Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, as well as the author of four volumes of poetry, translator of nine volumes of poetry, and editor of two anthologies of Arab American Literature, concludes his two-week residency at the University of Arizona Poetry Center with a craft talk.
1508 E. Helen St.
85719 Tucson, Arizona
Feb 02 2018
Poetry Reading with Khaled Mattawa RSVP for Khaled's Reading
The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents a reading with poet, translator, and 2018 Spring Resident Khaled Mattawa, on First Friday, February 2, 2018, in Singer Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7:00 p.m.
A short Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. While the event is open to the public and free, individuals must secure a ticket to the event. Unclaimed seats will be released to the general public 5 minutes before Khaled's reading. 
Khaled's reading is presented by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and support from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest, and Superstition Review. Khaled's residency is sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnerships.
About the Author
Khaled Mattawa is author of four collections of poetry, including Tocqueville (2010), Amorisco (2008), Zodiac of Echoes (2002), and Ismailia Eclipse (1995). He has authored two volumes of literary criticism, How Long Have You Been with Us: Essays on Poetry and Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation (2014);  the co-editor of two Arab American literature anthologies: Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (1999) and Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction (2004, 2009); and translator of 10 volumes of modern Arabic poetry by Amjad Nasser (Jordan), Saadi Youssef (Iraq), Adonis (Syria), FadhilAl-Azzawi (Iraq), Iman Mersal (Egypt), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), and Maram Al-Massri (Syria). 
Mattawa’s poems, essays and translations have appeared in major American literary reviews and anthologies such as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Best American Poetry
Mattawa is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artists Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. 
His books have been awarded the San Francisco Poetry Center Prize, PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize (twice), a finalist for the Pegasus Prize, a Notable Book recognition from the Academy of American Poets, and 3 Pushcart prizes. 
Mattawa is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, the premier poetry society in the U.S. and was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

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1625 N Central Ave
85004 Phoenix, Arizona
Jan 23 2018
archiTEXTS Micro-Studio: Sandra Cisneros and Eduardo C. Corrall RSVP for the Micro-Studio
archiTEXTS and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU present an archiTEXTS Micro-Studio: a conversation with award-winning Latinx poets Sandra Cisneros and Eduardo C. Corral on Grief and Ecstasy in Brown and 'Othered' Bodies, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in the Pima Auditorium (Memorial Union, ASU Tempe, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281) at 1:30 p.m. A Q&A session will follow the event.
This event is open to the public and free. While tickets and registrations are encouraged, you do not need to register or obtain a ticket to attend. Seating is first-come, first-serve with limited overflow. 
About the Authors
Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist and essayist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction; the Texas Medal of the Arts; a MacArthur Fellowship; several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally; and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary schools, high schools and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen.
Eduardo C. Corral's debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He has received the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University. During the 2017-18 academic year, he'll serve as a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.
301 E Orange St
85281 Tempe, Arizona

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Alberto Ríos
Arizona poet laureate

Alberto Ríos

Born in 1952, Alberto Ríos is the inaugural state poet laureate of Arizona and the author of many poetry collections, including  A Small Story about...


A story: There was a cow in the road, struck by a semi--
half-moon of carcass and jutting legs, eyes
already milky with dust and snow, rolled upward

as if tired of this world tilted on its side.
We drove through the pink light of the police cruiser,
her broken flank blowing steam in the air. 

Minutes later, a
Yellow-oatmeal flowers of the windmill palms 
like brains lashed to fans-
even they think of cool paradise, 

Not this sterile air-conditioned chill 
or the Arizona hell in which they sway becomingly. 
Every time I return to Phoenix I see these palms 

as a child’s height marks on a kitchen wall, 
taller now
We stand on the edge, the fall
into depth, the ascent

of light revelatory, the canyon walls moving
up out of

shadow, lit
colours of the layers cutting

down through darkness, sunrise as it 
passes a

precipitate of the river, its burnt tangerine 
flare brief, jagged

bleeding above the far rim for a split