The calendar below features upcoming Arts Commission deadlines, events, information sessions and workshop opportunities. Times, dates and event details may be subject to change. For more information, please email [email protected].

Public Meeting Notice

It is the public policy of this state that meetings of public bodies be conducted openly and that notices and agendas be provided for such meetings which contain such information as is reasonably necessary to inform the public of the matters to be discussed or decided. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 34-431.02, all public bodies are required to maintain a Notice of Public Meeting section on their website. All public meeting notices of the Arizona Commission on the Arts can be found at and a link will be posted within the calendar entry below.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the Arizona Commission on the Arts from discrimination on the basis of disability. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Stacey Wong at (602) 771-6527 or [email protected].

Persons who are deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired can contact the Arts Commission through the Arizona Relay Service, 1-800-842-4681 Voice; or 1-800-367-8939 TTY. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


Northern Arizona Book Festival: The Return of the Writer Reading
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Readings followed by book signings from Chelsea Burden, Emma Canning, Nicole Walker, Shonto Begay and Alberto Rios.

Translation with Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presented by University of Arizona Poetry Center in partnership with Arizona Opera as part of the UA College of Humanities HUMANITIES WEEK series of events.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, Arizona, is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. In August 2013, Ríos was appointed Arizona’s first Poet Laureate. Ríos is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he has taught for over 30 years.

Author Visit – Alberto Ríos: A Small Story About the Sky
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The inaugural Poet Laureate of Arizona and National Book Award finalist visits with his thirteenth book of poetry, which casts an intense desert light on the stories that unfold along the Mexico-US border.

In his thirteenth book, Alberto Ríos casts an intense desert light on the rich stories unfolding along the Mexico-US border. Peppered with Spanish and touches of magical realism, ordinary life and its simple props – morning showers, spilled birdseed, winter lemons – the book becomes an exploration of mortality and humanity, and the many possibilities of how lives might yet be lived.

2015 Arizona Humanities Awards Ceremony
Nov 13 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Arizona Humanities for an evening celebrating our 2015 Arizona Humanities Award recipients, including Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos. Enjoy appetizers, drinks, a silent auction and live music at the North Mountain Visitor Center in Phoenix.

ASU Creative Writing 30th Anniversary Celebration
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The ASU Department of English’s MFA in Creative Writing Program celebrates its 30th year with readings, art, and music. Hosted by Arizona Poet Laureate, Alberto Ríos, and featuring readings by MFA program alumni Adrienne Celt and Oliver de la Paz, as well as distinguished faculty and former faculty including poets Peggy Shumaker and Beckian Fritz-Goldberg and authors Tara Ison, Melissa Pritchard and Matt Bell. Alumni Dan Breazeale and Dean Stover will provide music, presenting a jazz poem with piano. Additionally, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, there will be a special exhibition of When the Water Came, a collaborative project between photographer Rebecca Ross and poet Cynthia Hogue, current director of the MFA Program.

Hot Coffee Art Lecture Series with Alberto Ríos
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission on February 23, 2016, at 7:00pm to hear Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Rios share about his life and literary work. Light refreshments will be served. This program is offered for free and does not require registration.

For more info, please contact Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission at 623-882-7530.

Nuestra Poesia: Poetry Reading with Alberto Ríos
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Arizona Historical Society for an evening with Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos. Ríos will share some of his work and discuss the role that oral history plays in his writing. A native of Nogales, Arizona, Ríos writes about life along the U.S. and Mexico border, blending the personal with the political in a way that makes us see both in a new light.

For more information, contact the Arizona Historical Society Archives at: 520-617-1157 [email protected] A flyer about the event can be seen by clicking here.

Presented by the Arizona Historical Society, in partnerships with with the University of Arizona’s Spanish and Portuguese & the Gender and Women’s Studies Departments,

This event and all events in the Nuestro Tucson series are made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Poetry Out Loud National Finals
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

The 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held April 25-26, 2017 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. Click here to view details of the webcast or to host a viewing party.

Don’t forget to follow the action on Twitter @poetryoutloud and #POL17.