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Leadership Circle Lecture Series: Letters to the Future – Book Launch and Poetry Reading

October 11 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kick off the Tucson Museum of Art Leadership Circle season with an evening of poetry. Join us along authors giovanni singleton, Ruth Ellen Kocher PhD, Erica Hunt, and Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, for a private reading and launch of their new book Letters to the FutureThis event is resented in collaboration with Kore Press, University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the Dunbar Pavilion


4:30 p.m. – Private Reception for Leadership Circle Members
6:00 p.m. – Public Lecture, reserved seating


About the Speakers:

  • Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of seven books of poetry, including Third Voice (Tupleo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (2014), winner of the Noemi Poetry Prize, Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013). Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine, She’r, and have appeared in various anthologies including: Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of ForkingPath. She has earned an MFA and PhD from Arizona State University, and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, and Cave Canem. She is a Professor of English and the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she teachings Poetry, Poetics, and Literature in the undergraduate and MFA writing programs.


  • Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of Local History (Roof Books, 1993) and Arcade (Kelsey St. Press, 1996), Piece Logic (Carolina Wren Press, 2002), Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (Belladonna*, 2015), & A Day and Its Approximates (Chax Press, 2013). Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, In the American Tree and Conjunctions. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Past writer in residence in the Contemporary Poetics/Creative Writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Bard College’s MFA program, Hunt has taught at Wesleyan University and was a repeat faculty member at Cave Canem Retreat, a workshop for Black writers from 2004 to 2015. She is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University-Downtown Brooklyn.


  • Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of four books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017). She is currently at work on a memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines. Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.


Leadership Circle is the Tucson Museum of Art’s foremost philanthropic membership group. Leadership Circle members make an incredible difference in supporting and sustaining the Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection, exhibitions, and programs.  In appreciation for this support, Leadership Circle members enjoy exclusive programming, invitations to meet prominent guests, and VIP service.


For more information or to JOIN Leadership Circle, contact Alba Rojas-Sukkar, Chief Development Officer, at arojas-sukkar@tucsonmuseumofart.org or (520) 624-2333 ext, 7102


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Kore Press; University of Arizona Poetry Center; Dunbar Pavilion; Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate of the University of Arizona; and Medicine Man Gallery


October 11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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