Our Beginnings

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 revision 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.

You can make poetry matter.

Join us in our work of enlivening and educating lives, through innovative poetry and poetics, as they investigate and inform the communities we inhabit.