Director’s Choice is a series of virtual events presenting historic readings from the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s extensive audiovisual archive Voca, as selected by past and present leadership of the Center, including Gail Browne, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Tyler Meier, and Frances Sjoberg. As part of the lead up to our celebration of the Poetry Center’s 60th anniversary, join us online for these live, free listening parties featuring one reading from each decade of the Poetry Center’s sixty years of existence.
From the 1970s: Join us to listen to a reading given Adrienne Rich on January 31st, 1974. This reading features Rich at her best, reading from her collections The Will to Change and Diving into the Wreck, including from the title poem of the latter collection. Several unpublished poems are also featured at the end of the reading. Rich dedicates the reading to the authors of New Portuguese Letters, who were arrested in Portugal for publishing the landmark feminist text. Maria Barreno, Maria Velho da Costa, Maria Teresa Horta were to begin standing trial in Portugal that same evening as Rich gave this reading.