Descriptions of the various events can be found below.

Fall 2014


Saturday, September 20: POG and Fridays Reading at the Conrad-Wilde Gallery, 7pm
Wednesday, September 24: Infuse at the Dusty Monk, 7pm

Friday, October 3: Alison Hawthorne Deming reads from her new book, Zoologies, 7pm
Friday, October 3: WIP hosts Maya Kapoor, Kelly Schirmann, and Lela Scott MacNeil, 8pm
Friday, October 17: WIP hosts Nick Greer, Will Slattery, and Jarrett Eakins, 7pm
Saturday, October 18: Youth Poetry Slam at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, 7pm
Wednesday, October 22: Infuse at the Dusty Monk, 7pm
Saturday, October 27: POG hosts Thomas Sayers Ellis at Conrad-Wilde Gallery, 7pm
Friday, October 31: HalloWIP hosts Sara Wolfe Vaughan, Lucas Wildner, and Tommy Mira y Lopez, 7pm

Friday, November 7: 22nd Annual Student Showcase at UofA, 8am-5pm
Friday, November 14: WIP hosts Joseph Bradbury, Taneum Bambrick, and Janet Towle, 7pm
Saturday, November 15: POG hosts Fred Moten at Conrad-Wilde Gallery, 7pm
Saturday, November 15: Youth Poetry Slam at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, 7pm
Wednesday, November 19: Infuse at the Dusty Monk, 7pm
Thursday, November 20: WIP-Tempe hosts Nick Greer, Bree Sheaffer, and Tommy Mira y Lopez, 8pm
Friday, November 28: WIP-Giving hosts Adam Sirgany, Matthew Schmidt, Nina Boutsikaris, Janet Towle, Deb Gravina, Ingrid Wenzler, Lela Scott MacNeil, Liam Swanson, Lucas Wildner, Jarrett Eakins, Jake Syersak, and Jon Riccio, 7pm at Café Passe

Wednesday, December 10: Infuse at the Dusty Monk, 7pm
Saturday, December 13: Youth Poetry Slam at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, 7pm

Spring 2015


Friday, January 22: WIP-Tempe hosts Ingrid Wenzler, Liam Swanson, and Jan Bindas-Tenney, 8pm

Friday, February 13: WIP-tenth hosts Miguel Ramirez, Joel Hans, and Jan Bindas-Tenney, 7pm
Wednesday, February 18: Infuse with visual artist, Janelle Lorraine Krause; art historian, Megan Whitney; fiction, Sara L Wolfe Vaughan; poet, Matthew Schmidt
Friday, February 27: WIP hosts Morgan Miller, Deb Gravina, and Ryan Grandick, 7pm


Friday, March 6: WIP hosts Erin Zwiener, Jos Charles, and Jessica Malordy, 7pm
Wednesday, March 25: Infuse with visual artist, Karoliina Paatos; art historian, Lindsey Baker; poets, Miguel Angel Ramirez and Deb Gravina


Friday, April 10: WIP hosts Paco Cantu, Liam Swanson, and Page Buono, 7pm
Friday, April 24: WIP Prom hosts Brianna Sheaffer, Nina Boutsikaris, and Jon Riccio
Wednesday, April 29: Infuse with visual artist Jonathan Marquis; art historian, Megan Jackson; poet, Jake Syersak; fiction, Lela Scott MacNeil.


The Works-in-Progress (WIP) Reading Series started nearly a decade ago at Maggie Golston’s independent bookstore Biblio on Congress Street, where graduate students of The University of Arizona Creative Writing Program read their poetry and prose to fellow writers and the Tucson community at-large. To this day, the series is student-run and initiated. WIP provides graduate students of all genres a public space and forum to read their work. Light refreshments will be provided by WIP.

Infuse is a monthly event that brings together graduate students from the University of Arizona’s Visual Arts and Creative Writing programs. Participants present interdisciplinary work, share ideas, and connect with the community. We meet the First Wednesday of every month at La Cocina (located in Old Town Artisans block of the El Presidio Historic District, downtown Tucson), starting at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public. Come and enjoy food, drinks, and a mind-bending creative exchange!

POG is a federally-recognized non-profit corporation, a collective of poets, literary critics, and practitioners of other art forms who have joined together in Tucson to offer public programming, and other related events, which will promote active appreciation of and engagement with avant-garde artistic work in a variety of media, especially poetry and multi-disciplinary art. Cross-over programming has been central to POG’s mission from the beginning: POG is committed to attracting a diverse audience to programs that match artists working in different media, from different backgrounds, and with differing aesthetic approaches. With strong and varied ties to Tucson and its arts communities, POG’s members are committed to fostering dialogue among various artistic and geographic communities within the Tucson area, as well as to cooperation and bridge-building among Tucson arts organizations. POG sponsors Poetry in Action, a public multi-disciplinary arts series with a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as a discussion group and an electronic discussion forum.  Click here for further information.

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is a dynamic program advocating literacy, critical thinking and youth voice through poetry competitions, workshops and public showcases. Administered by the 501(c)3 not-for-profit Ocotillo LIterary Endeavors and coordinated by poet Logan Phillips, the youth-centered program kicked off in Fall 2011 and regularly brings in teaching poets from around the state and region. An open poetry slam is held every 3rd Saturday at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea for crowds topping 100 people. Monthly slam is every THIRD SATURDAY at Bentley’s. Cash prizes!