University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Poetry for Who?

Poets Meg Files, Major Jackson, and poet and linguist Ofelia Zepeda will discuss poetic craft, accessibility, readability and how to reach your intended audience with your poetry. They will also discuss poetry as a means of language preservation, as well as amplifying voices. Does poetry have a place in the public? How can poetry be used to help a community? What is poetry's place beyond the academy?

Meg Files

Meg Files lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she chaired the English and Journalism Department at Pima College's West Campus, taught creative writing and directed the Pima Writers' Workshop. Her novel, "Meridian 144," was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, translated into German and Japanese and published recently as an ebook....


Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including "The Absurd Man," "Roll Deep," "Holding Company," "Hoops" and "Leaving Saturn," which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems....

Ofelia Zepeda

Ofelia Zepeda is a poet, regents professor of linguistics at the University of Arizona, and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in American Indian language education. She is the current editor of Sun Tracks, which was launched in 1971 and is one of the first publishing programs to focus exclusively on the creative works of Native Americans....

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

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