Arizona Poet Laureate Contributes Poem for National Park Service Centennial

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In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Academy of American Poets commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. This project is part of Imagine Your Parks, a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to… Read more »

Arizona Poet Alberto Rios on His Creative Philosophy

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As part of their biannual series of conversations with local creatives, Phoenix New Times recently spoke with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos, who mused on creativity, inspiration, and what hte Phoenix arts cene could use more of. “Somewhere in second grade, I found that daydreaming was a superpower. It was a vast place inside my… Read more »

Arizona’s Poet Laureate reflects on the Tucson Shooting of January 8, 2011

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On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others were shot during a constituent meeting in Tucson. Six people died, including federal District Court Chief Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Rep. Giffords’ staffers; and nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. In an Arizona Republic Op-Ed published on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, Arizona’s… Read more »

Ríos’ Latest Among “Best Poetry Books of 2015”

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The latest book-length poetry collection from Arizona’s Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos, A Small Story About the Sky, is among the 2015 releases recognized by the Kansas City Star in their annal ranking of the year’s best poetry books. “Two languages and cultures mix in the desert geography. Anyone who experiences inner conflict can identify with these… Read more »

United States of Arts: Arizona

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Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts visited Tucson to witness the city’s annual All Souls Procession and speak with State Senator/Public Artist Steve Farley, taiko drummer/teaching artist Karen Falkenstrom, and Arizona’s Poet Laureate, Alberto Álvaro Ríos. Today, we’re pleased to be able to share the finished video with you.

What You See When You Look in the Water

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In honor of the 107th Arizona Town Hall, the Arizona Commission on the Arts produced a limited series of water-themed postcards featuring the words of Arizona’s Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos and images created by Tucson-based artist Kathleen Velo.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos Receives Public Humanities Scholar Award

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On Friday, October 26, 2015, AZ Humanities announced that Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos will be one of two 2015 recipients of the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award. Ríos will be honored along with his fellow award recipients at the 2015 Arizona Humanities Awards ceremony on Friday, November 13.

Say the Life in the Poem: Alberto Álvaro Ríos reflects on Poetry Out Loud

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Beyond having his work featured in the Poetry Out Loud anthology, Ríos has contributed to Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program in a number of ways over the years. He has acted as a host, a judge, and a guest of honor. Recently, Ríos shared his thoughts on the program, its benefits, and the difference between performing a poem and living a poem.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos Collaborates with AZ Opera on Arizona Lady

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Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos recently collaborated with Arizona Opera for its production of Arizona Lady. Though set in Tucson, the opera was originally written in German. Ríos was contracted by Arizona Opera to produce a new English-Spanish translation for their new production debuting October 10, 2015. You can learn more about this exciting collaboration in the articles… Read more »

Alberto Álvaro Ríos Interviewed on KJZZ’s Here & Now

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Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos was interviewed by Steve Goldstein on the October 14, 2015 episode of KJZZ’s Here & Now. Over the course of the 7 minutes conversation, Rios spoke about his new book, A Small Story About the Sky, how he got started as a poet, and why Arizona is his muse. You… Read more »