From October 19 to 21, 2017, the third annual Thinking Its Presence conference took place at the Poetry Center. Thinking Its Presence examines innovative creative writing and scholarship that re-thinks the complex and inseparable links between literary forms and the racialized thinking, processes, and histories that have shaped the United States since its founding. The 2017 conference centered on José Esteban Muñoz’ concept of the "ephemeral archive." Evening events that were free and open to the public are preserved on Voca.
Presented by the University of Arizona Poetry Center with generous support from the following departments and units: Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, College of Humanities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Africana Studies Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Department of English, Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, and Institute for LGBT Studies, in addition to generous support from the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Kore Press, The Rumpus, and the Academy of American Poets.