TPF History

As the longest running event of its kind in Arizona, the Tucson Poetry Festival (TPF) was founded in 1981 with the mission to celebrate, and expand the audience for, contemporary poetry. By inviting poets who represent the diverse and eclectic writing approaches of poetry today to read from their work, TPF has provided people with the opportunity to hear over 150 superb visiting poets in this unique annual experience. These voices represent some of the most celebrated poets of our time – Jimmy Santiago Baca, Robert Bly, Anna Castillo, Wanda Coleman, Russell Edson, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Hamill, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, Sharon Olds, Alberto Rios, Sonia Sanchez, David Shapiro, Gary Snyder, and Claudia Rankine, among many others.

Mission Statement

To celebrate and expand the audience for contemporary poetry through a variety of literary arts events, including poetry readings, performances, contests, discussions, and more.

Vision Statement

To collaborate with the Tucson community to reach new constituencies with other artists, patrons of the arts, organizations, and venues by strengthening our ties in the community, nurturing emerging artists, and supporting established artists.