Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
POG & Friends
Sept 24th, 7pm (Az Time)
Nicole Brossard, Cynthia Hogue, Sylvain Gallais (ZOOM Reading)
Oct 8, 5pm
Bev Dahlen, & another poet TBA (ZOOM Reading)
Oct 15th, 7pm (Az Time)
Check out the POG 2021 chapbook, available from Chax Press
POG presents the work of innovative poets and practitioners of other art forms, attracting a diverse audience in diverse Tucson communities. POG’s premise is that experimental, innovative art, and in particular avant-garde poetry, can successfully be presented to a diverse and increasingly engaged audience, and that such audience engagement with challenging but not inaccessible work tends to broaden people socio-politically as well as culturally.
By pairing a local poet with one from beyond Southern Arizona, POG presents cutting edge programs that present challenging, avant-garde work at the heart of our mission. Through these pairings, we bring to the thriving Tucson poetry community a range of internationally visible, innovative artists whose work is significantly different from that presented by other Tucson poetry organizations.
POG began in 1996, a project envisioned by Tenney Nathanson, Cynthia Miller, and Charles Alexander. From the beginning we have focused on bringing innovative poetry and poetics projects to Tucson, particularly projects not well represented by local poetry groups, or university or college programs. Each year since then, we have brought 10 or more visiting poets and artists to Tucson, often presenting them with local artists in readings, performances, workshops, and other projects.
Our directors are poets, artists, and others interested in the arts. The current board of directors includes:
Lisa Periale Martin
We are in the process of expanding our board. If you are interested in joining, please contact us.
Associates & Volunteers
Maryrose Larkin (Special Consultant)
POG offers its deepest thanks to some of the following organizations and individuals, who help make this work possible:
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Poets & Writers
WAMO & Jim Wilcox
UA Poetry Center
Casa Libre en la Solana
Charles Alexander & Cynthia Miller
We talk to arts community members throughout the USA and beyond, including local artists and supporters, former presenters in the arts, and others who help us plan our activities. Currently our advisors include:
Samuel Ace, Trace Peterson, Brian Blanchfield, Farid Matuk, Susan Briante, Yanara Friedland, Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, Karen Brennan, Sheila Murphy, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte, Tracie Morris, Erica Hunt, Sue Carnahan, Sherwin Bitsui, Rodrigo Toscano, Norman Fischer, Gwen Ray, Cameron Quan Louie, and more.
Consider Getting Involved
Please, join us in our work of enlivening and educating through innovative poetry! Our monthly performances are always open to the public and we'd love to see you there. POG is able to offer these events thanks to your generosity, and we deeply appreciate donations!