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Contributed by University of Arizona Poetry Center
This collection traces the story of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from its modest beginnings in two Highland Avenue cottages to its permanent home in the award-winning Helen S. Schaefer Building. As the Poetry Center celebrated its 50th anniversary, its current and former leaders looked back at the Center's history in a series of essays collected in The University of Arizona Poetry Center: Celebrating 50 Years. That volume is reproduced here, together with photographs and reproductions of artifacts from the Poetry Center's institutional archives.
The Poetry Center was founded in 1960 by writer, editor, and philanthropist Ruth Stephan, who envisioned a space where the public could "encounter poetry without intermediaries." Since that time, the Poetry Center has expanded to become one of the premiere institutions of its kind in North America, offering a world-class, open-access special-collections poetry library and a wide variety of educational and outreach programming for writers, readers, and artists of all ages.