Upcoming Events & Workshops 

Richard Shelton speaks and gives readings for events, groups, conferences, and classrooms, on a limited basis. To inquire about booking him for your event or group, please contact him here.

MAR 11
Nobody Rich or Famous
When / Where:

Saturday March 11, 2017 
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona
Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)

Shelton discusses the art of the memoir, teaching, and the role of the writer as social advocate with poet-lawyer Wallace, who helped him grow the poetry workshop program in local prisons.
 

MAR 12
Poetry and
Prison
When / Where:

Sunday March 12, 2017
10:00am - 11:00am

Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona
Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)

Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Richard Shelton discuss their experiences teaching and learning creative writing in prison and the transformative power of poetry.

Shelton will be signing books in the Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent following the presentation.  

Creative Writing Workshop

 

Thursdays | 6:00 - 8:00pm

University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ

 

In 1974, Richard Shelton established a writers workshop in the Arizona State Prison at Florence. That program, over the years, has expanded into many prison workshops, four of which are currently operating with the support of the Lannan Foundation.

 

The creative writing workshop is also held weekly "on the outside" under the direction of Eric Toso and Ken Lamberton, on Thursday evenings at the UA Poetry Center. Originally designed to help ex-cons in the writing program to continue with their writing work after release, this writing workshop is now also free and open to the public. All levels of experience are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback, critique, and discussion. 

Additional classes and workshops are available through the
UA Poetry Center, here.

Photo courtesy of the UA Poetry Center.

MAR 12
Nobody Rich or Famous
When / Where:

Saturday March 12, 2017 
12:30pm - 1:00pm

Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona
University of Arizona Press Booth #241

Once in a while, a book comes along that redefines the concept of family. Frank McCourt did it with Angela’s Ashes; Annie Dillard did it with An American Childhood. In Nobody Rich or Famous, award-winning poet and author Richard Shelton immerses us in the hardscrabble lives of his Boise, Idaho, clan during the 1930s and ’40s. This is memoir in its finest tradition, illuminating today’s cultural chasm between the haves and have-nots. It is the true story of a family and how it got that way.

MAR 12
Inspired by
Place
When / Where:

Saturday March 12, 2017 
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona
Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)

Join us as we hear from four authors who've written beautiful and moving memoirs that have a deep sense of place and transport us into those places and times that shaped them. Moderated by Chris Cokinos, this panel will explore how these writers were deeply inspired by place and its impact on their lives, and how that influenced their memoirs. Panelists: Shelley Armitage, Richard Shelton, Jennifer Sinor, and Myron Uhlberg.

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