Want to support the arts and help bring more poetry to Tucson?
Read below to hear about who we are, where we come from, and why your help sharing poetry and art with our community matters.
WHO WE ARE
POG: Poetry in Action, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community arts organization. We've been presenting incredible poetry and related arts programs in Tucson for 22 years. What defines and distinguishes us is that we do not take for granted what poetry is and how it should look or sound. When it comes to the arts, we welcome diversity--in every sense of the word. We believe in radical aesthetic experimentation, and we believe in creating space to amplify marginalized and underrepresented voices.
POG has presented, in addition to poets: musicians, performance artists, puppeteers, visual artists, dancers, and groups/individuals who think about our contemporary moment through their artistic practices.
POG began in 1996, a project envisioned by Tenney Nathanson, Cynthia Miller, and Charles Alexander. From the beginning we have focused on bringing innovative poetry and poetics projects to Tucson, particularly projects not well represented by local poetry groups, or university or college programs. Each year since then, we have brought 10 or more visiting poets and artists to Tucson, often presenting them with local artists in readings, performances, workshops, and other projects.
We believe poetry matters, and that we always need to re-envision what poetry is and does, how it responds and relates to the world at large. Walt Whitman said that “Reading is a gymnast’s act,” and this is also true of being in the world. Poetry is an act. We are here / we make language / we make poems.
WHAT YOU'LL GET
Right now, you can help POG present more poets and artists to the community—and you'll get FREE admission to one or more events, along with the opportunity to take home some of our limited edition broadsides (See images below).
TIER 1 $10 - Free admission to one POG event and one of our most recent limited edition broadsides (Charles Alexander/Joseph Lease or Steven Salmoni/Susan Thackrey).
TIER 2 $25 - Free admission to three POG events and one of our most recent limited edition broadsides (Charles Alexander/Joseph Lease or Steven Salmoni/Susan Thackrey).
TIER 3 $50 - Free admission to POG events forone year and your choice of any 3 limited edition broadsides.
TIER 4 $100 - You will receive free admission for yourself and a guest to POG events for one year along with a full set of our 2018-2019 limited edition broadsides.
Please join us in bringing innovative poetry projects and events to life in Tucson, and recording these projects for audiences to learn from now and in the future, wherever they may be.