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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Sponsor 2019, 2020
The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s mission is 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. The Poetry Center fulfills its mission by maintaining one of the most extensive and accessible collections of contemporary poetry in the nation; hosting 6 to 8 exhibitions per year to showcase its unique holdings and celebrate new work; hosting a Reading and Lecture Series that brings nationally recognized writers to Tucson; delivering educational programs, community workshops, and discussion groups; offering writing contests; hosting poet residences; building local, state, and national collaborations; supporting the literary economy in Tucson and beyond; and contributing to Tucson’s identity as a cultural center.