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Join us for exciting events and activities presented by Literacy Connects and our community partners. Check back often for updates!

Past Events
Learn with Poe!

Sep, 2015 – May, 2016

Schools and Education Organizations All Over Town.

Our school and education partners are engaging students, young and old, through a variety of exciting, enriching Poe centered activities during this academic year. If your school would like to participate, it’s not too late! Contact us for details!

University of Arizona Poetry Center Presents Streaming POEtry on the Tucson Streetcar, and an Edgar Allan Poe Mural

Tue, Sep 1, 2015 – Wed, Sep 30, 2015,  7:00am – 11:30pm

The Sun Link Streetcar Line and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street

Read some Poe while riding the streetcar through the heart of Tucson.  LED monitors at select streetcar stops will continuously stream Poe’s poetry curated by the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  And be sure to visit the Poetry Center, located just a few blocks from the Helen Street streetcar stop, to see the beautiful Poe themed mural commissioned by the Center.

The Pima County Public Library Edgar Allan Poe Book Discussion Series

Tue, Sep 1, 2015 – Thu, Dec 31, 2015

Various Library Branches Throughout Pima County, Tucson, AZ

The Pima County Public Library will feature Poe and Poe inspired work in its book groups.  Mystery book clubs, horror book clubs, detective book clubs, poetry book clubs, and Poe book clubs will read and talk about Poe.  Come join the discussion!  Check the Pima County Public Library website for more information.

Tucson Festival of Books Young Writers Contest

Tue, Sep 1 – Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe?  Children and teens are invited to submit stories and poems to the Tucson Festival of Books Young Writers Contest.  Submit your work any time between September 1, 2015 and December 18, 2015.  Winners will receive prize money and be honored at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Details will be available on the Tucson Festival of Books website on September 1, 2015.

Big Read Connects Tucson Keynote Presentation, The Raven and the Tomahawk: Poe, Poetry, and the Rise of Popular Criticism

Thu, Sep 24, 2015,  7:00pm – 8:30pm

The University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street

“The Raven and the Tomahawk: Poe, Poetry, and the Rise of Popular Criticism,” Key Note presentation delivered by UA Associate Professor Paul Hurh, whose new book, American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville (Stanford University Press, 2015), explores literary aesthetics, philosophy, and intellectual history.

Reading Adventures with Edgar Allan Poe

Oct 2015, Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sat, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Worlds of Words,  UA College of Education, room 453, 1430 E. Second Street, UA Campus

Come explore a display of children’s and adolescent books related to Edgar Allan Poe.  We have fiction and nonfiction about his life and editions of his famous short stories. Text sets of books on related topics, such as horror books and books about ravens are also available.

A Discussion of “The Raven”

Tue, Oct 13, 2015, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Downtown Campus,  Pima Community College, room LB153, 1255 N. Stone Avenue

Join us for a discussion of Poe’s iconic poem.  Copies of Poe’s work will be provided to those who attend and light refreshments will be served.  Learn why this poem is a classic and share your thoughts.

The Loft Cinema Hosts the Big Read Connects Tucson Kick-Off Event!

Wed, Oct 14, 2015,  7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd

Join us for a screening of the 1961 Poe-based horror classic, The Pit and the Pendulum (starring Vincent Price) a short discussion of Poe film adaptations and a “Poe Poem Read-A-Long” with the audience. A free sampling of Poe-themed snacks and a Poe-inspired photo booth will round out the festivities.

Pima Community College Library Services Reads Edgar Allan Poe: Discussion

Thu, Oct 22, 2015,  2:00pm – 4:00pm

Community Campus, Pima Community College, 401 N Bonita Avenue

Come join us as we open our doors to discuss Big Read Connects Tucson author, Edgar Allan Poe. Readers and enthusiasts are welcome to meet and discuss Poe and his work. Copies of Poe’s work will be provided for those who attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Nanini Library Branch Presents “The Quotable Raven”

Thu, Oct 22, 2015, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Nanini Public Library, 7300 N. Shannon Rd.

Join us in a choral reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” as we celebrate Teen Read Week and The Big Read. Participants will get a chance to read portions of the poem out loud and learn a bit about the poet’s life. Round out the evening decorating Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls. Seasonal refreshments will be served.

Make Way for Books Presents Edgar, Allan, and Poe Storytime for Children Birth to Five

Fri, Oct 23, 2015, 10:00am – 10:45am

Make Way for Books, 700 N. Stone Ave

Please join Make Way for Books for an engaging story time with activities, singing, and fun for families with children ages birth to five.

“Poe Today” Mini-Conference

Tue, Oct 29, 2015, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Downtown Campus,  Pima Community College, room LB153, 1255 N. Stone Avenue

Use your creativity to link Edgar Allan Poe’s work to popular culture and showcase poetry, art and ideas.  Light refreshments will be served.

Worlds of Words Halloween Book Fiesta with children’s book author Adam Rex

Sat, Oct 31, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

World of Words,  UA College of Education, room 453, 1430 E 2nd Street, UA Campus

Join us for a Halloween celebration of scary stories and Edgar Allan Poe.  Listen to scary stories, hear Adam Rex talk about his Frankenstein books and make your own scary creature from clay.  For children, ages 5-12 years old and their families. Free parking in the second street garage or take the Sunlink Street Car to the 2nd Street/ Highland stop.

Procession of Little Angels featuring Annabel Lee

Sat, Nov 7, 2015, 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Armory Park, 221 South Sixth Avenue

The Procession of Little Angels is a unique family-friendly event acknowledging and celebrating deceased loved ones from a child’s perspective.   Armory Park fills with children and families, gathering to paint wings, create paper flowers, get their faces painted, dress in costumes created at our kids’ costuming workshops, and approach grief from a child-friendly, child-driven place.

This year’s Procession of Little Angels’ finale is built upon Edgar Allan Poe’s hauntingly beautiful poem of Annabel Lee. Tucson Circus Arts youth performers, along with adult actors from Stories that Soar and aerialist Monica Weinheimer, will bring to life Annabel Lee and her young love, as they interact with jealous angels, chilling winds, and vengeful demons in their kingdom by the sea. Paul Amiel will be providing an original score. This spectacular telling of Poe’s classic poem is appropriate for audiences of all ages. For more information on the Procession of Little Angels, click HERE

Big Read Connects Tucson at The All Souls Procession

Sun, Nov 8, 2015, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Downtown Tucson

Over 100,000 people come together for Tucson’s All Souls Procession, a unique public ceremony inspired by Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos to honor the dead. Big Read Connects Tucson will be honoring Edgar Allan Poe by creating a processional piece using themes from his work. Come enjoy this community event and celebrate Poe and his work!

Pima Community College Library Services Reads Edgar Allan Poe: Discussion

Thu, Nov 12, 2015,  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Community Campus, Pima Community College, 401 N Bonita Avenue

Come join us as we open our doors to discuss Big Read Connects Tucson author, Edgar Allan Poe. Readers and enthusiasts are welcome to meet and discuss Poe and his work. Copies of Poe’s work will be provided for those who attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sonoran Glass School: Trading Places Fundraiser

Sat, Nov 21, 2015,

VIP Reception: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sonoran Glass School, 633 W 18th Street 

In collaboration with Literacy Connects and Big Read Connects Tucson, Sonoran Glass School presents the annual Trading Places event.  Glass art professionals work with local artists to create new works in glass.  This year, artists will be taking inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe in honor of his work and life and as part of Big Read Connects Tucson.

Make Art about Poe! Tucson Pima Arts Council Call to Artists

Jan – Feb 2016

The Tucson Pima Arts Council invites youth and adult artists to enter submissions for a multi-media art show inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and his work, sponsored by the Pima County Public Library and Tucson Pima Arts Council.  A jury of community members will select the works for the show, to be held at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and TPAC galleries in April 2016.  Check back for more details.

University of Arizona Poetry Center Presents Streaming POEtry on the Tucson Streetcar, and an Edgar Allan Poe Mural

Fri, Jan 1 – Sun, Jan 31, 2016,  7:00am – 11:30pm

The Sun Link Streetcar Line and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street

Read some Poe while riding the streetcar through the heart of Tucson.  LED monitors at select streetcar stops will continuously stream Poe’s poetry curated by the University of Arizona Poetry Center.  And be sure to visit the Poetry Center, located just a few blocks from the Helen Street streetcar stop, to see the beautiful Poe themed mural commissioned by the Center.

Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents “Poe’s Midnight Dreary” Performed By Seven Tucson Area High Schools

Sat, Jan 9, 2016,  7:30pm – 9:30pm

PCC West Campus Proscenium Theatre, 2202 West Anklam

Are you ready to be immersed in the work and life of Poe? This could be the event for you. Come and enjoy as seven local Tucson high schools perform Richard McElvian’s “Poe’s Midnight Dreary.” This story is cleverly told through a series of dramatizations of the master’s works: The Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Premature Burial and The Poetic Principle. These stories are threaded together with the events of Poe’s life as he deliriously remembers them on an anonymous deathbed in a Baltimore Hospital. Production is coordinated and supported by the Pima Community College Theatre Arts Department.

The Mystery and Horror of Poe

 Jan 11 – 30, 2016.  Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Sat, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Worlds of Words,  UA College of Education, room 453, 1430 East Second Street, UA Campus

Celebrate Poe’s birthday through a display of “all things Poe,” including picture books for children, novels for young adults and related mystery and horror books for children and teens.  Enjoy our reading room and groups are welcome to come for a tour or find a corner to sit and read.

Moonlight, Starbright, Poe-Night

Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Steward Observatory and Flandrau Science Center, 1601 East University Boulevard, UA Campus

Edgar Allan Poe has long been known as the father of the mystery and detective novel, but he also helped to pioneer the genre of science fiction.

Join us for a night of interactive activities for the whole family as we highlight Poe’s interest in cosmology. Bring the kiddos and look through telescopes at Steward Observatory and Flandrau Science Center.  Enjoy the meteorite show and tell from Lunar Planetary Lab, interactive writing activities, and a hot chocolate bar!

Catalina Foothills High School’s drama department will be performing staged adaptations of select stories authored by the CFHS English Department and inspired by Poe’s myriad contributions to the literary world.

A special planetarium show at Flandreau Science Center will feature images of the night sky as Poe may have seen it in his lifetime, while listening to experts in the field read excerpts of his work set to music by local alt-classical group Chamber Lab.

Lectures and demonstrations by UA science and literature experts will showcase what Poe knew about science, where his imagination departed from fact, and how what we know today about the cosmos has changed.

A Toast to Poe on the day of his Birth at Borderlands Brewing

Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Borderlands Brewing, 119 E Toole Ave, Downtown

For seven decades, an unidentified man visited Poe’s gravesite in the wee hours of his birthday and made a toast in honor of this great American writer.

Big Read Connects Tucson will revive this long-standing tradition in true Tucson style at Borderlands Brewing. A special release “Poe Brew” will be featured along with free books. Come join the fun and pay tribute.

For more information about Borderlands Brewing, visit borderlandsbrewing.com

Dine with Poe

Feb – Apr, 2016

Enjoy Poe inspired food and drink at some of Tucson’s finest restaurants and bars.  A special message from Edgar Allan Poe will be included with each order. Check back for more information.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Presents “The Raven” Close Encounter

Sat, Feb 13, 2016, 10:00am – 11:30am

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N Kinney Rd

Experience Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” through a live Raptor Free Flight demonstration featuring Chihuahuan Ravens and other birds-of-prey. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts one of the most captivating Raptor demonstrations in the country. This birds-of-prey demonstration is held in the open desert and spectators watch from the flight path. The birds fly so close visitors often feel the brush of feathers. The museum hosts two demonstrations daily from mid-October through March 27th and on Feb 13th they are producing one show that honors Edgar Allan Poe. Come enjoy the show then listen to a reading of the “The Raven” in one of the spectacular gardens at the museum. A discussion will follow the reading and there will be children’s activities and a Q and A hosted by the Desert Museum raptor trainers.

Exploded View Gallery and Microcinema Presents: James Sibley Watson’s “Fall of The House of Usher” 

Wed, Feb 24 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Exploded View, 197 E Toole

Exploded View presents the most avant-garde interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this B&W American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon,and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!

  Into the Night with Edgar Allan Poe

Thu, Mar 3, 2016, 6:00 pm

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 North Main Avenue

The Tucson Museum of Art embraces the night and Edgar Allan Poe through its exhibit “Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition”. Join us for a reading of Poe’s night themed work in the gallery. Paul Hurh, University of Arizona English professor and Poe scholar will give a brief introduction.  Please bring a pillow or something soft to sit on and make yourself comfortable on the gallery floor as you listen amidst the night inspired art.  Night themed cookies will be served after the reading.

Stories that Soar!, 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. Submissions were then considered 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
  • STS Live performance, 11:00am-12:00pm

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.

  • Special Stories that Soar! book presentation and readings, 12:00pm-1:00pm

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.

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

Tucson Festival of Books, featuring Edgar Allan Poe

Mar 12 & 13, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Mall

Edgar Allan Poe and his work will be highlighted through author panels, a Stories that Soar! performance of Poe inspired stories by young authors and more.  Stay tuned for details.

Stories that Soar! presents Poe Inspired! at the Tucson Festival of Books

Sat, Mar 12, 2016, 3:00pm

Tucson Festival of Books, UA Campus, Children’s Entertainment Stage

Literacy Connects’ professional adult theatre ensemble, Stories that Soar!, will transform  a selection of Poe-inspired stories and poems submitted to the Tucson Festival of Books Young Author Competition into a dynamic live theatre show performed at the Tucson Festival of Books. More details coming soon!

POEtic Inspiration: Poe Juried Art Exhibit At The Tucson Pima Arts Council and Pima County Public Library Galleries

Apr 1 – 30, 2016 

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue & Tucson Pima Arts Council Gallery, 100 N. Stone Ave

See how local artists think about Poe in this exhibit featuring artwork from a variety of mediums depicting interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s work.

The Loft Cinema presents Raul Garcia’s “Extraordinary Tales”

Sun, Apr 3, 2016, 12:00pm

The Loft Cinema presents Raul Garcia’s “Extraordinary Tales”, an animated anthology film of Edgar Allan Poe stories narrated by luminaries like Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro and Bela Lugosi.    The film re-imagines five of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories, each in a different animation style.  The five stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Facts in the case of Mr Valdemar will all be reborn on screen at The Loft.

Stories That Soar! Best Of Show

Sun, May 15, 2016, 4:00pm – 7:30pm

The 2015-16 Best of Stories that Soar! will include two completely different shows as well as a mid-show Red Carpet Reception.

Showcasing audience favorites from every STS! partnership this year, both Best of Stories that Soar! shows are guaranteed to be an adventure! You’ll find zany characters as well as touching life stories; from silly to scary, sweet to serious, there is something for everyone!

Edgar Allan Poe inspired stories will be represented at the show as part of Big Read Connects Tucson both on the stage and in books with original stories and art work by Tucson students.  These books have just been published and they are FREE so come and get them while they’re hot!

City High School/ Stories That Soar! Book Distribution

Fri, May 27, 2016

The culmination of the Stories That Soar! Book project. A selection of stories submitted to Tucson Festival of Books were illustrated by art students at City High. A selection  of these stories was professionally published into three volumes.  Today, we distribute this amazing body of work to the illustrators who helped bring these stories to life.