POG is a federally-recognized non-profit corporation, a collective of poets, literary critics, and practitioners of other art forms who have joined together in Tucson to offer public programming, and other related events, which will promote active appreciation of and engagement with avant-garde artistic work in a variety of media, especially poetry and multi-disciplinary art.
Cross-over programming has been central to POG’s mission from the beginning: POG is committed to attracting a diverse audience to programs that match artists working in different media, from different backgrounds, and with differing aesthetic approaches. With strong and varied ties to Tucson and its arts communities, POG’s members are committed to fostering dialogue among various artistic and geographic communities within the Tucson area, as well as to cooperation and bridge-building among Tucson arts organizations.
POG sponsors Poetry in Action, a public multi-disciplinary arts series with a strong emphasis on poetry, as well as a discussion group and an electronic discussion forum.
Charles Alexander, Charles Bernstein, Jamison Crabtree, Linh Dinh, Norman Fischer, Pierre Joris, Barbara Henning, Anselm Hollo, Erica Hunt, Karen Mac Cormack, Steve McCaffery, Cynthia Miller, Harryette Mullen, Sheila Murphy, Heather Nagami, Hoa Nguyen, Maureen Owen, Tim Peterson, Rodney Phillips, Elizabeth Robinson, Jesse Seldess, Juliana Spahr, Cole Swensen, Rodrigo Toscano, Tyrone Williams, Heriberto Yepez
Board of Directors
Samuel Ace’s several books of poetry include Stealth, from Chax Press, co-authored with Maureen Seaton, Normal Sex, and Home in three days. Don’t wash. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Mount Holyoke College and is currently Board President.
Tenney Nathanson’s most recent book of poetry is Ghost Snow Falls Through the Void (Globalization) from Chax Press. Nathanson is Professor of English at the University of Arizona and resident teacher for Desert Rain Zen. He is currently Board Treasurer.
Steve Salmoni’s Landscapes, with Green Mangoes, was issued by Chax Press. Salmoni is Professor of Literature and Writing at Pima Community College, and he writes extensively on the poetry of postmodernism. He is currently Board Vice-President.
Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, for which he received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, and A Several World, winner of the 2014 Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award. A recipient of a 2015 Howard Foundation Grant in Poetry, he hosts Speedway and Swan, a poetry-and-music radio show, in collaboration with the University of Arizona Poetry Center and KXCI Community Radio. He is currently Board Secretary.
John Melillo is Professor of English at the University of Arizona, a modernist scholar, and a musician. He is half of the pomorock duo Algae & Tentacles.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Is a Nice Neighborhood and several chapbooks, including, most recently, My Daughter La Chola. He serves on the poetry editorial team for Fence magazine and on the board of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race & Creative Writing. Matuk is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion (2007), Utopia Minus (2011), and most recently, The Market Wonders from Asahta Press, She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Maryrose Larkin, is the author of The Name of this Intersection Is Frost, Inverse, Whimsy Daybook, The Book of Ocean, and DARC. Maryrose was one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press.
Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer, translator, and teacher. She earned a PhD from the University of Denver, and recently completed a long walk across multiple border regions in Europe. She is the author of the novel Uncountry: A Mythology (Noemi Press, 2016), winner of the Noemi Fiction Prize, and the digital chapbook Abraq ad Habra: I will create as I speak (Essay Press, 2016). Friedland is a member of the poets’ theater group GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual.
Safe Space / Anti-Harassment Policy
It is the intention of POG to create a safe space, free from harassment of any kind, at our readings, symposia, and workshops. POG is dedicated to maintaining an environment that upholds a supportive, positive, and safe space for poetry and the literary arts. In the event that a participant should feel unsafe, they are encouraged to communicate their concern immediately. Active board members are always on hand at events, and our website provides a direct line to board members as well. As an organization, we do not condone harassment in our community. We will take all measures within our power to deal with issues of harassment if they arise. We ask our audience members and participants to please help us uphold these intentions.
Who is protected by POG’s harassment statement?
All board members, volunteers, fellows, participants, audience members, and interns who are involved with, or who attend POG affiliated events, are protected by this statement.
What does POG consider harassment?
Harassment is generally defined as a course of conduct that annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. It is any type of unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim. Harassing behavior may include, but is not limited to, physical or non-physical unwanted contact, epithets, derogatory comments, lewd propositions, and assault.
What is the complaint procedure?
Active board members are always available at events and they are required to report any complaint brought to their attention by an audience member, participant or reader. Our audience is reminded of this supportive presence of POG board members at each of our readings. An invitation to email us complaints and/or concerns is made public via the POG official website.
POG is dedicated to resolving all complaints brought to our attention to the best of our ability, and as quickly and transparently as possible. POG is committed to respecting any accusations and concerns that are brought to our attention. POG also respects the privacy of the people who bring forward complaints. POG understands the importance of confidentiality and ensures that everyone involved in a complaint procedure also understands the confidential nature of the matter.
Does POG censor the work of the artists they showcase or commit to protecting constituents from the content of work presented in its programs?
No. As POG’s mission states, POG curates offerings that “promote active appreciation of and engagement with avant-garde artistic work in a variety of media, especially poetry and multi-disciplinary art.” Please be aware that at times this may include work that provokes and challenges our sensibilities. Such work falls outside of the purview of this harassment policy.