The purpose of the Tucson Poet Laureate is to promote poetry, to foster its appreciation and to inspire a new generation of readers and writers.
Appointed by the Mayor’s Office, Rebecca Seiferle is a poet, editor, teacher and translator of distinction, whose four books of poems have earned coveted national awards, including the Grub Street National Poetry Prize, Western States Book Award and two awards from the Poetry Society of America.
As a teacher, Seiferle has led numerous local workshops for middle- and high-school students. She currently teaches at Southwest University of Visual Arts.
Seiferle was inspired to move to Tucson in 2006 because of its extraordinary literary community. Since then, she has worked to foster foster collaboration between Tucson poets and artists and created new platforms for emerging writers. An admired translator, Seiferle has also made the words of well-known Latin American poets accessible to new readers.
Workshops & Speaking Engagements
The Tucson Poet Laureate will offer a set number of public readings over the course of her two-year term, to be determined by the Mayor’s Office. Additional requests for student workshops and speaking engagements will be entertained on a case-by-case basis. Special consideration will be given to K-12 schools and programs.