Join us for “Poe Inspired”

Literacy Connects, the UA Poetry Center and Tucson Festival of Books present “Poe Inspired.”

Youth throughout Tucson were invited to write Poe-inspired stories and poetry for the Tucson Festival of Books Young Authors’ Competition. Some submissions were then selected for performance by Stories that Soar!, or publication by Literacy Connects.

Join us at the UA Poetry Center Family Day on Saturday, March 5th, to celebrate these stories through performance as well as a book presentation and readings.

UA Poetry Center Family Day, Saturday, March 5th:

Free breakfast and workshops, 10:00am-11:00am
Stories that Soar! live performance, 11:00am-12:00pm
Special STS Books presentation, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Literacy Connects’ professional adult theatre ensemble, Stories that Soar!, will transform a selection of Poe-inspired stories and poems into a dynamic live theatre show.

A selection of stories submitted to Tucson Festival of Books were illustrated by art students at City High. Join us for readings from these books, as well as a special book presentation to recognize the authors and illustrators.

Bring your family and join us at the UA Poetry Center located at 1508 E. Helen St. on Saturday, March 5th!

Streetcar POEtry

Have you taken a close look at the streetcar stops lately? In honor of Edgar Allan Poe and Big Read Connects Tucson, the Sun Link Streetcar will be streaming Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” at select stops along the streetcar route.

There are 23 stops along the streetcar route, 10 of which contain special LED panels that stream poetry curated by The UA Poetry Center. These panels will be streaming the two Edgar Allan Poe classics through the month of September.

If you have never had the opportunity to experience the poetry along the streetcar line, you are missing out. This is a really unique way to take in the words of a poem.

The concept of having streaming poetry at streetcar stops was conceived of by artists Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead as part of the public art project along the streetcar line.   The two were charged with developing the overall concept of the project which includes several incredible pieces at each stop and along the line. The two also produced the piece “Poet” located at the East Helen Street and North Warren Avenue stop.

The poetry project was developed by the UA Poetry Center. The idea is to make the streetcar experience about more than just transportation. As people are using the streetcar, they are given the opportunity to take in poetry that they likely didn’t expect and hopefully it will have a meaningful impact on their day.

We invite all of you to take a ride on the streetcar and read some Poe along the way. Enjoy!

Big Read Connects Tucson Officially Launches Today!

Hello Big Readers! Today is September 1st, which means today marks the official launch of Big Read Connects Tucson!

Over the next nine months, through May 2016, Literacy Connects and all of our community partners will be bringing you a host of events and activities to help you get connected to Edgar Allan Poe.

To kick things off, we thought we’d introduce something fun that will be going on throughout the program that anyone can get involved in. Big Read Connects Tucson wants everyone to read Poe. What better way to do that than to give away free books.

Introducing the “POEfound” project! Throughout the program we will be leaving Poe anthologies (and a few surprises) at various places around town for you to find. Coffee shops, park benches and theater chairs are all fair game, so keep your eyes open.

What’s the catch? All we ask is that you read your POEfound book and share with us where and when you found it, and anything else that you would like on our Big Read Connects Tucson Facebook page. On the inside front cover of each of these books you will find a sticker with some guidance on how to connect with us. Play along and have fun!

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We hope you are as excited about this as we are. Take a look at our Partner list and Event page for more ways to get involved. If you have any more fun, Poe-inspired ideas or plans by all means share that with us. Poe dinner party? Awesome! Poe costume contest? Perfect! Poe choral reading? Why not!

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well to get connected from #HeadToPoe.