“Alberto Ríos’ contributions to Arizona’s arts and cultural landscape, legacy and diversity are deep and important. His impact is particularly compelling when you see how he has created an understanding and appreciation for poetry throughout the state and how he integrates discussions of literature into the conversation.”
Posts Tagged: Poet Laureate
For National Poetry Month 2017, poets.org presented Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invited young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.