Poetry is showing off its versatility and collaborative spirit this month, leaving library walls for desert hilltops and the musical stage. How can language intersect with other art forms, with other cultures and with nature? Poet Forrest Gander suggests that "environmental literacy" has much to offer literature, and that our craft, too, can act as a conduit for other lexicons, recharging perspectives for greater insight and understanding. Join in a developing community dialogue this spring between local scientists, artists, poets and musicians.
POG at Tumamoc Hill Writing Project
• 7 p.m. March 16 at the Drawing Studio, 33 S. Sixth Ave. Admission $5; $3 for students.
Reading by Ofelia Zepeda. Also, Kimi Eisele, Eric Magrane, Gary Bear, Maria Elena Wakamatsu, Monique Soria and Wendy Burk will read from writings generated during this project.
They are among 15 Tucson writers who volunteered to make regular visits to the hill to write about their experiences. They also participated in monthly sessions given by University of Arizona scientists about archaeology, botany, geology and wildlife.
Poetry reading with Eloise Klein Healy and Peggy Shumaker
• 7 p.m. March 21 at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
Healy is the author of seven books of poetry and is a distinguished professor of creative writing emerita at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is L.A.'s first poet laureate. Shumaker is an Alaskan poet and prose writer who served as the Alaskan State Writer Laureate until 2012. Her most recent book of poems, "Toucan Nest," is set in Costa Rica. She is the founding editor of Boreal Books, publishers of literature and fine art from Alaska, and was chosen as UA College of Humanities Alumna of the Year for 2011.
Poetry and Piano with Nathaniel Mackey and Marilyn Crispell
• 7 p.m. March 28 at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Recital Hall West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets $18; $10 for students at http://bit.ly/ZdL6V9
Mackey has written many volumes of poetry, including "Nod House," "Splay Anthem" and "Eroding Witness." He is a recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry. Crispell is a high-spirited composer and improviser of extraordinary music. She has performed with Anthony Braxton and Reggie Workman, among others, and has won New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards.