The University of Arizona Poetry Center was founded in 1960 "to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry." The center is an internationally renowned poetry library with over 80,000 items (50,000+ are books). When you walk inside, you'll find a cozy and artistic space with comfortable seating, natural lighting, wooden beams, and rows + rows of poetry books.
The Poetry Center hosts numerous University and community programs throughout the year - including readings and lectures, classes and workshops, field trips, and discussion groups.
The UA Poetry Center is located in mid-town Tucson in the University of Arizona complex. The address is 1508 E. Helen Street.
The Poetry Center is open Tuesday through Saturday year-round. See the UA Poetry website for complete hours and upcoming closures.
Free parking is available in the Zone 1 parking lots on the weekends and after 5:00pm on weekdays. Paid parking is available in the Highland Avenue Garage ($2/hr or $8/day), across the street from the Poetry Center.
A bottle of water, a journal or sketchbook, a pen or pencil, your imagination.
No food is allowed inside the center. There are benches outside the building.
No, but there are a number of excellent restaurants in the vicinity. See below.
Try one of the following outstanding restaurants, which are within 3 miles of the poetry center:
All ages - especially children and adults interested in poetry, reading, and writing. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the colorful Children's Corner (where storytimes and sing-alongs are held).
The UA Poetry Center is not large so a stroller probably won't be necessary.
There is not a designated area, but there are comfortable leather chairs to relax in.
Only service animals are allowed inside the facility.
The UA Poetry Center doesn't rent out space for personal use at this time.
Fun fact! Poet Robert Frost came to Tucson by train in 1960 to read at the dedication of the new Poetry Center.