POG Means Poetry: Spring Fundraiser

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.


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.


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).

$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).

$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).

$50 - Free admission to POG events for one year and your choice of any 3 limited edition broadsides.

$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.

Visit our website , or find us on Facebook , Twitter , and SoundCloud for more information.

Or check out our audio archives going all the way back to 2006!

You make the arts possible. Donate now!

37090508_1550197749732192_r.jpegAbove: Jaap Blonk broadside from 2/17/2019 reading

37090508_1550198057167926_r.jpegAbove: Susan Briante and Teré Fowler-Chapman reading in Winter 2018

37090508_1550197920394804_r.jpegAbove: Maureen Owen and Barbara Henning broadside from 2/16/2019 reading.

Above: Orlando White reading in Winter 2018


  • Lisa Martin 
    • $33 
    • 11 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Charles Bernstein 
    • $100 
    • 12 mos
  • Judith LeFevre 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos

Fundraising team: POG Board of Directors (3)

POG Poetry 
Raised $50 from 1 donation
Tucson, AZ
Pog Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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Charles Alexander 
Team member
Raised $200 from 3 donations
Cynthia Miller 
Team member
This team raised $33 from 1 other donation.
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