Past Events

2021 | 2020 | 2019

October 15th (5p GMT+1) via Zoom

Isabel del Rio, an October (2020) poet guest, discussed her memoir, A Woman Alone, with journalist Mark A. Silberstein.

October 12th (5p GMT+1) via Zoom

Leo Boix, an August (2020) featured poet, was a panel speaker at the London Spanish Book & Zine Fair’s “British Latinx Poetry” event.

October 9th (1-7:30p MST) via Zoom

tanner menard, a November (2019) poet guest, was a feature reader and workshop lead at this month’s Queer Poetry Salon.

October 8th (6-8p MST) at Grassrootz Bookstore

Sean Avery, a May (2019) poet guest, was the featured reader at Grassrootz Bookstore.

October 5th (7p EDT) via Zoom

Rosaura Magaña, an April (2019) featured poet, was a panel speaker at La Palabras Comprometida artivist discussion. 

October 3rd (6-8p MST) at K’é

Abalone Mountain Press, founded by Amber McCrary, a March (2019) featured poet, hosted their Indigenous Writing Circle.

October 1st (10p MST) at Flagstaff Brewing Company

Jay Mercado, a November poet guest, was a featured performer at the Dead Renaissance album launch party.

October 1st (5-7p MST) at Revolutionary Grounds

Sean Avery, a May (2019) poet guest, was the featured reader at Revolutionary Grounds Books & Coffee.

September 25th (7:30p MST) at Momentum Aerial

Jay Mercado, a November poet guest, was a featured performer at this month’s Flagstaff Foundry.

September 25th (6p EDT) via Zoom

ELKAT Productions, co-founded by El Davíd, a September (2020) poet guest, hosted their “Pass the Mic” feature reading and open mic.

September 24th (6-8p MST) at Audubon Southwest

Sean Avery, a May (2019) poet guest, celebrated the publication of his book,  808s & Otherworlds.

September 16th (6-9p PDT) at Mexican Heritage Plaza

Lydia Martinez, an April (2020) poet guest, was a featured reader at the ¡Grito de Poesía! celebration and book launch.

September 5th (7p EDT) via Facebook

Oscar Mancinas was the featured poet at the Poets in Pajamas Weekly Reading Series.

August 27th-28th in Fort St. Elmo

Miriam Calleja, a November poet guest, was a featured writer at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival.

August 24th (6p CDT) via Zoom

Jeff Cottrill, a December poet guest, was a featured reader at the virtual launch for the Sinew: 10 Year of Poetry in the Brew anthology.

August 22nd (6p MST) via Zoom

Abalone Mountain Press, founded by Amber McCrary, a March (2019) featured poet, hosted their Indigenous Writing Circle.

August 11th (6-10p MST) in Phoenix

MysticBlu, a July (2020) poet guest, was a featured performer at the Grassrootz HipHop Celebration.

August 7th (6:30-8p MST) via Zoom

Palabras Bookstore, co-founded by Rosaura Magaña, an April (2019) featured poet, relaunched their virtual BIPOC open mic.

August 7th (9-11:30p EDT) via Zoom

John “Chance” Acevedo, a July (2020) featured poet, hosted “The Dumping Grounds” open mic.

August 6th (7p EDT) via Zoom

Julie Danho, a January poet guest, was one of the featured poets at Calling All Poets Series’ event.

July 30th (7-9p MST) in Phoenix

Raji GanesanSean Avery and Erin Kong, featured poets from March (2020) and May and September (2019), were among this amazing lineup of artists at Friday’s fundraiser and showcase.

July 25th (1 PM PDT) on Zoom

Amber McCrary, a March (2019) poet guest, led Changing Wxman’s Blood Memory poetry workshop.

July 24th (11:30 PM MDT) on Colorado

Wyld Tha Bard, an August (2019) featured poet, played the main stage at the Salamander Fest.

July 18th-24th (MDT) on Zoom

Laura Tohe, tanner menard and Amber McCrary were among the incredible faculty lineup for the 2021 Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute.

July 17th (2 PM MDT) in Silver City, New Mexico

Beate Sigriddaughter, a February (2020) featured poet, read from her collection, Kaleidoscope, at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House.

July 17th (6 PM MDT) on Zoom

Unmesh Mohitkar, an April poet guest, was a featured reader at the Word is Write’s Open Mic.

June 28th (6 – 8 PM MST) in Phoenix

Abalone Mountain Press, headed by Amber McCrary, a March (2019) featured poet, launched a monthly writing circle for Indigenous writers.

June 15th (8 – 9 PM EDT) via Zoom

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, co-founded by our past featured poet Rosaura Magaña, co-hosted the In the Heights virtual book launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter, moderated by America Ferrera.

June 9th (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM AEST) at Bondi Bowling Club

Kelly Van Nelson was one of three featured performers at Poetica’s event in North Bondi.

May 30th-31st (9p-2am MST) at Stratus Event Center

MysticBlu, a poet guest, was a featured artist at this year’s Afro Reggae Fest in Phoenix.

May 29th (6:30-9:30p MST) at Spaces of Opportunity

Lydia Martinez, a poet guest, was a featured performer at Her Voice Open Mic in Phoenix.

May 25th (7p EDT) via YouTube

Meera Dasgupta, a poet guest, was one of four featured performers at Bowery Poetry’s Resilience Poetry.

May 18th-28th (10a-5p UK time) at the St. Albans Cathedral

photograph by Matt Bigg

Grae J. Wall, a feature poet, exhibited his photograph at the Life in Lockdown photography exhibition at the St. Albans Cathedral in the UK.

May 20th (7p EDT) via Zoom

Meera Dasgupta, a March poet guest, gave a special performance at the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement.

May 15th (sunset-9p MST) in Phoenix, AZ

Lydia Martinez, our past poet guest, was a vendor at the Fifth Annual Mujeres del Desierto event.

May 13th (7p PDT) via Zoom

Lee Martínez Soto, our past poet guest, was featured on Paint It Black, The Rolling Stones tribute open mic.

May 11th (7p CDT) via Zoom

Felicia Zamora, our past featured poet, was one of the panelists at this discussion on the future of Chicanx literature.

May 9th (6p UK Time) via Facebook

Jeff Cottrill, our past poet guest, was one of two featured poets at the this month’s Runcible spoon open mic.

May 5th (5-7p MST) via Zoom

Narrative Medicine at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine Phoenix, hosted a Celebration of the Publication of the 7th and 8th Editions of ChArt

Works from these past poet guests below appeared in the 7th edition of ChArt.

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Click on the pictures above to hear Poet and Muses episodes with Isarae, Calvin, Catherine, Sean, Lisa and German.

April 29th (7p EDT) via Zoom

Felicia Zamora, our past featured poet, hosted a reading and book launch for her newest collection: I Always Carry My Bones.

April 28th-30th (MDT) via Zoom

Amber McCrary, our past featured poet, was one of the panelists discussing, “Saad Bee Ahoozhood: Thinking Towards a Diné Literary Culture,” on Friday, April 30th.

April 27th (6-7:30p MST) via Zoom

tanner menard, our past featured poet, led a workshop on Creading a Community Event.

April 24th (7-9p MST) via Zoom

AMP, our past featured poet, was an organizer of this year’s Breaking the Silence Virtual Dance, for those in grades 9-12 living in Maricopa County, AZ.

April 24th (7-8:30p MST) via Zoom

Oscar Mancinas, our past featured poet, was a featured reader at Letters from el Valle and Beyond/Letras del Valle y Más Allá.

April 21st (6:30-8p MST) via Zoom

Laura Tohe, a past featured poet, was a featured poet at University of Arizona’s celebratory event of The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature.

April 20th (6-7:30p MST) via Zoom

Amber McCrary, a past featured poet, discussed the ways to self-publish a zine.

April 15th (7p MST) via YouTube

Austin Davis, our past featured poet, read his poems at Desert Spotlight’s YT Live Show, to the accompaniment of Jazz musician Joe Allie.

April 7th (10a-2p MST) via Zoom

Catherine Lockmiller, our past featured poet, organized the 2021 All Virtual PBC Living Library, where human “books” told their stories about the challenges they’ve faced in the healthcare system.

Readers learned how storytelling can be a powerful force in generating empathy, overcoming injustice, and growing new opportunities to better the healthcare system.

April 3rd (10a-3p PDT) via Zoom

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a stellar lineup of poets at A Virtual Garden of Verses, including our past featured poet, Felicia Zamora.

April 1st (7-8p Arizona Time) via Zoom

Imogen Arate, host of Poets and Muses, led an interactive conversation about the perception of poetry and poets at ASU Piper Center’s monthly literary salon.

March 21st and 28th (5p MST) via Zoom

Desert Diwata, co-founded by our past featured poet Erin Kong, and Luya Poetry teamed up to offer a two-week writing workshop.

March 26th (5-7pm EAT) at Bushpig Backpackers Kampala

Open Mic Uganda, co-founded by two of our featured guests, The Black Poet and Dennis Ssesanga, held an in-person Women, Power & Poetry event.

March 25th (5:30–6:30p Perth, Australia, Time) via Zoom

Jeff Cottrill, a December poet guest, and Imogen Arate, host of Poets and Muses, were among the readers at the Launch Event for the Globalisation poetry Anthology, in which both of their work are included.

March 22nd (5-6:30p Arizona Time) via Zoom

Poets and Muses, in collaboration with UNCOMP Narrative Medicine & Health Humanities and Revisionary Arts, hosted Poetry of Connection in Times of Crisis, a reading and panel discussion in celebration of World Poetry Day, featuring five of our past poet guests.

Click on the pictures above to hear Poet-and-Muses episodes with Lydia, Hunter, Lavina, Austin and Tamika

March 21st (7p CET) via YouTube

Maysan Nasser, one of our November poet guests, was a featured reader at the Poesías desde las sombras de la ira y de la sanación poetry jam.

March 20th (4-6pm Arizona Time) via Zoom

One of our poet guests, Amber McCrary (the founder of Abalone Mountain Press), was a featured reader and panelist at the Labriola Community Reading and Celebration, as a part of NEA Big Read Phoenix.

March 19th (1-2p GMT) via Zoom

Jeff Cottrill, one of our December poet guests, was the featured poet on Nowt But Verse with Hannah Stone at the Leeds Library.

March 14th (6:30p GMT) via Zoom

Jeff Cottrill, a December poet guest, was the featured reader at this month’s Run your tongue.

March 13th (6-7:30p MST) via Zoom

Palabras Bookstore, co-founded by Rosaura Magaña, one of our featured poets, restarted its monthly BIPOC Open Mic.

March 12th (7-9p MST) via Zoom

Join the Sun Valley Jack and Jill Chapter every 2nd Friday for an evening of poetry, storytelling, music, and comedy.

Hosted by our past poet guest, Tamika (aka Dr. T)

March 6th (12-1:30p MST) via Zoom

Rosaura Magaña, one of our featured poets, hosted a special NEA-Big-Read-Phoenix edition of Palabras Bookstore’s Mujerx Book Club.

March 4th (6p PST) via YouTube

Oscar Mancinas, one of our poet guests, was a featured reader at GASHER Journal’s 2 Readers 2 Nights virtual readings.

February 28th (7:30-9:30p EEST) via Zoom

Sidewalk Beirut, established by one of our November featured poets, Maysan Nasser, hosted a generative poetry workshop with Anna Turner, a British poet and playwright.

February 27th (6:30-8:30pm MST) via Zoom

Two Navajo-Nation Poets Laureate, including one of our featured poets, Laura Tohe, officially kicked off NEA Big Read Phoenix with a conversational community event.

February 27th (1-4pm MST) via Zoom

One of our featured poets, Amber McCrary (the founder of Abalone Mountain Press), led a zine-writing workshop at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (at ASU Library), as a part of NEA Big Read Phoenix.

February 20th (2-3pm MST) via Zoom

June Powers, a September poet guest, hosted a triple-book launch virtually at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore.

February 14th (8p Beirut Time) via Zoom

Sidewalk Beirut (established by our featured guest, Maysan Nasser) hosted a “speed-dating” style mini chat-and-create get together, where participants were matched with three different people to discuss thoughts on various aspects of love, then share the result of those brainstorms in an open mic.

February 13th (6-8p PST) via Zoom

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) was a featured poet at the inaugural Los Angeles Poet Society Press Presents: Acid Verse Literary Journal Release Party.

February 13th (11am-6pm EAT) at Bushpig Backpackers Kampala

Because Uganda has COVID under control, Open Mic Uganda, co-founded by two of our featured guests, The Black Poet and Dennis Ssesanga, fêted Valentine’s Day with in-person literary festivities.

February 11th-16th via YouTube

Proverse Hong Kong showcased a poem a day from Home, Away, Elsewhere, the latest poetry collection by our featured poet, 
Vaughan Rapatahana.

February 9th (7-8:30p MST) via Zoom

Dr. Tamika Sanders, a past poet guest, gave a fascinating presentation about the role of coded messages and songs in helping slaves reach freedom via the Underground Railroad.

February 7th (3-4p AKST) via YouTube

Our past poet guest, Felicia Zamora, was one of the featured poets taking part at the Pièces de Résistance benefit reading for the Alaska Quarterly Review.

January 27th (6p GMT) via Zoom

The Oxford Arab Society launched a monthly Poetry Night with Sidewalk Beirut, established by our featured poet, Maysan Nasser.

January 13th (6-8p MST) via Zoom

Our past poet guest, Erin Kong, co-curated a special lunar new year / anniversary celebration reading and open mic.

January 8th (7-9p MST) via Zoom

Join the Sun Valley Jack and Jill Chapter every 2nd Friday for an evening of poetry, storytelling, music, and comedy.

Hosted by our past poet guest, Tamika (aka Dr. T)

January 8th (7:30p EST) via Zoom

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) was a featured poet at 2021’s first iteration of Words out Loud

2020

December 31st (6p PST) via Zoom

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) read with other participants of the Los Angeles Poet Society‘s Love Letters to 2020 writing workshop.

December 31st (7p EST) via twitch

Count down to the new year with The Poetry Stream’s “New Year’s Eve vs battle” poetry slam between Chrissy Bloom and Nicole Tracii (an August poet guest)

December 21st (8:30 CST) via Instagram

Service (an August poet guest) hosted a virtual listening party for his Born + Raised project.

on Instagram:
@servicenoservice

December 19th (7p PST) via Zoom

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) was a featured poet at Open Mic McGee #13. DM her on Twitter or Instagram to get the sign-in details

December 17th (8p EST) via Stream Yard

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) was one of the featured performers at the Healing Collective Benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

November 10th-20th

What role do poets play in community building? Who gets to be a poet?

Vote for our panels at SXSW and SXSW EDU and find out in March


Live discussions between Poets and Muses Host, Imogen Arate, and Sidewalk Beirut‘s Founder,
Maysan Nasser

July 16th (7:30pm AZ time) via Zoom

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Ric Castillo and Imogen Arate will be guest-hosting July’s District 4 Poetry Open Mic

May 25th (8pm EDT) via Zoom from Woolly Mammoth

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) demonstrated her geek creds at the Spit Dat Digital “Say Nerd” event.

May 16th (5:30p MDT) via Twitch.tv

A new poem by Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) was featured during Broche Ballet’s Third-Anniversary Multimedia Concert.

April 29th (8pm EDT) via Instagram Live

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) chatted with The Haifa Girls about staying creative during the lock down.

The Haifa Girls is a lifestyle company co-founded by our past poet guest, Alana Hayes.

April 10th (7-9pm) via Zoom

Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) & a number of past poet guests were featured at the second of four Friday readings from Phoenix Poetry Series, to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Click on the pictures above to hear Poet-and-Muses episodes with Tamika, Ric, Alana, Vida De Jesus and Leah.

March 16th (postponed due to the coronavirus) at Blue House Café

Narrative Medicine will be celebrating the 20th Publication of ChArt, where written and other artistic works by Imogen Arate (host of Poets and Muses) & a number of past poet guests are featured.
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Click on the pictures above to hear Poet and Muses episodes with Isarae, Calvin, Catherine, Sean, Lisa and German.

February 22nd at ASU Tempe

Poets and Muses was scheduled to exhibit at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair (cancelled due to rain), where past poet guests, tanner menard and Laura Tohe, gave talks and readings (this portion was moved to Piper Writers House).

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Image of Laura by Charlie Leight/ASU News

February 21st at Alwun House

Host of Poets and Muses, Imogen Arate, past poet guests, Anna Flores and Tristan Marshell, and other bards will envelop you in erotic poetry.

January 3rd at Palabras Bookstore

January 3rd, 2020: Imogen Arate, Host of Poets and Muses, will be reading the collaborative poem she wrote with Isabel Hermosillo (who will be reading it concurrently at LAC Liga de Artistas y Creadoras in Jalisco, Mexico)

2019

November 28th at First Church

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November 28th, 2019: Imogen Arate, Host of Poets and Muses, read at Hope 4 Phoenix Thankful Sundays Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26th at First Church

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November 26th, 2019, Art-of-Justice Event featuring Imogen Arate, Host of Poets and Muses

November 9th at Space 55

Poets and Muses Event Page: 11092019 Desert Diwata Exodus Event

Imogen Arate, the Executive Producer and Host of Poets and Muses, will be performing at Desert Diwata’s “Exodus” event, along with Poets-and-Muses guests, Megan Condeno Atencia and Erin Kong (DD’s Co-Founder), and other notable AAPI & POC artists.

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October 5th at the Phoenix Public Market

Poets and Muses Event Page: 20191005 Meet Your Community Flier

Poets and Muses exhibited at the 2019 Meet Your Literary Community event (along with Poets-and-Muses guest, Leah Marché and Erin Kong, and other exhibitors) and took part in our partner, Oh My Ears’s demonstration of the Phoenix Poetry Orchestra.

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September 26th at the Uganda Museum

Imogen Arate was featured, along with a number of talented Ugandan poets, writers, performers and artists, at Tontoma‘s Meet & Greet with Arts Collaboratory (including Poets-and-Muses guests, Rap Poet, Gideon Mugay and the Black Poet).

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September 21st at the Phoenix Urban Arts Market

June 4th at the Phoenix FilmBar

Imogen Arate performed with the Phoenix Poetry Orchestra wind quartet, with music composed by Kevin E. Kerr, specifically to the poems she read.

During the 2nd half, the audience participated in writing improv poetry that the talented musicians interpreted (in vivo) in musical form.

June 1st at the Mesa Convention Center

May 25th at Narrative

Imogen Arate read her poetry and short stories along with Poets-and-Muses guests, Sean Avery and Anna Flores, among other writers.

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May 11th at the Heard Museum

Imogen Arate MCed the Poetry Reading Open Mic at the Books, Beats and Bite event, which also featured Poets-and-Muses guests, Freddy Lopez and Dyrti Redd.

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