Harvard Club of Southern Arizona
Luncheon with Richard Shelton
Reservations required: SheilaT@sheilatobias.com
(indicate if vegetarian).
Price: $30. Membership Renewal 2018-19, $50.
Richard Shelton is a world- renowned poet and writer living in Tucson. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and creative nonfiction, including Crossing the Yard, about his work in teaching the writing of poetry to men in prison.
“This book is a tribute to Richard Shelton’s artistry, to the power of words, and to the talent of men behind bars. ‘You have saved me before they might have destroyed me,’ writes one of his former workshop participants, ‘I am singing.’ In this deeply felt and honest memoir, Shelton teaches us the meaning of compassion and makes a moving plea for the arts in prison.”—Jean Trounstine, author of Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison.
His poems and essays have appeared in more than 200 magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and the Paris Review.
Shelton is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the prestigious Lannan Foundation Grant and the Arizona Literary Treasure Award. His book Going Back to Bisbee was selected as a One Book Arizona.
For more than 40 years, he has led writing workshops in Arizona prisons, and was recognized with a 2017 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers award for his work. He is an emeritus Regents’ Professor of English at the University of Arizona where he helped found the MFA program in creative writing and has been associated with the Poetry Center since its founding.