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April 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tucson Poetry Festival 2014 Kickoff Party
THE TUCSON POETRY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 31st BIRTHDAY!
The Tucson Poetry Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious annual events of its kind in the world, will celebrate its 31st Birthday during the first weekend of National Poetry Month in 2014. Throughout its illustrious history TPF has hosted Nobel Prize Winners, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Poets Laureate and more, who gather in the Old Pueblo for one weekend a year to collaborate with the community around a theme. This year’s theme, “Poetry at Play,” promises to bring fun, innovation, and laughter to Tucson’s most beloved venue. This high-caliber festival is also known for its cutting-edge programming which includes games, impromptu happenings, and all-day celebrating downtown!
This year we boast an amazing lineup: 2014 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Contest Winner Xavier Cavazos, 2013 American Book Award Winner Natalie Diaz, National Book Award Finalist Harryette Mullen, and Canadian performance guru and wild man RC Weslowski, as well as readings from Mayor Jonathon Rothschild, Poetry Center Director Tyler Meier, and more. In addition, Friday and Saturday night we’ll hold a Verses/Versus Poet Competition with poets competing in challenges such as Twinkie-eating Contests, and a Rock Show and Dance Party to close out the evening Friday and Saturday. It will truly be a celebration to remember, and all events are 100% FREE, handicapped-accessible and open to the public.
We invite the community of Tucson, Arizona, surrounding areas, and ALL Arizonans to participate in these events on April 3rd-5th, 2014, to celebrate with us the important legacy of this amazing festival, and to experience and create some incredible art. Please notify your readers and any interested community members about this exciting programming!
THURSDAY 4/3 – Kickoff Party 7pm-9:30pm
FRIDAY 4/4 – Poet’s Panel, Readings and Rock Show 4pm-MIDNIGHT (or later)
SATURDAY 4/5 – Workshops Noon-4pm // Readings and Dance Party 7pm-CLOSE.