Poets Pedal


An afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy, presented by Living Streets Alliance, the UA Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona. March 5 at 12 p.m.

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“Scratch a poet, find a gourmand.” (Stacey Harwood)

On Sunday, February 19, join Living Streets Alliance, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona for Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy.

Listen to poetry by Tucson poets Wendy Burk, Simmons Buntin, and Kristen Nelson. Ride along the beautiful Loop bike path. Enjoy food and beer made locally in Tucson.

The tour begins at Dragoon Brewery at 12 p.m. Grab a beer or a growler to go and enjoy some poetry to get your wheels spinning. Next, we’ll ride to Manzo Elementary for tour of their gardens and a special reading by Manzo student poets. We’ll refuel at the Mercado San Agustin, and end at the beautiful Mission Garden for a picnic of Barrio Bread and local cheeses and dips (and that growler you grabbed). Picnic packing encouraged. Enjoy a final poetry reading in the gardens, followed by music by Kyklo. A group ride will head back to Dragoon at 4 p.m.

This all-ages, all-abilities route is five miles one-way and 85 percent car-free. We will cover group ride basics and safety before departing. Basic mechanical support for bicycles will be available, so you don’t have to worry about flats. No bike? No problem! You can rent one from BICAS for the day. Questions about biking? Email kylie@livingstreetsalliance.org.

Event Details

What: Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy, presented by Living Streets Alliance, the UA Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona.

When: Sunday, February 19 at 12 p.m.

Where: Ride begins at Dragoon Brewery, 1859 W. Grant Road #111 and ends at Mission Garden, 929 W. Mission Lane.

How much: $10 gets you a drink discount at Dragoon, a tour and reading at Manzo Elementary, bread and cheese to start your picnic at Mission Garden, live music by Kyklo, and readings by three amazing Tucson poets.


Simmons B. Buntin is the founding editor-in-chief of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environment, the longest-published literary journal on the web and the first online journal dedicated to exploring place through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and more. He has published two books of poetry, Bloom (2010) and Riverfall (2005), both by Salmon Poetry, and a collection of sustainable community case studies: Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (Planetizen Press, 2013). His poetry and prose have been published in OrionNorth American ReviewKyoto JournalVersal, and others, and he teaches periodically at the Poetry Center. He lives in the community of Civano in southeast Tucson.

Wendy Burk is the author of Tree Talks: Southern Arizona (Delete Press) and the translator of Tedi López Mills’s Against the Current (Phoneme Media), both published in 2016. She is the recipient of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Projects Fellowship and a 2015 Artist Research and Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Kristen E. Nelson is the author of two chapbooks, sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012); and is a 2016 Pushcart nominee. She has published work in The Feminist Wire, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen is a founder and the Executive Director of Casa Libre en la Solana, a nonprofit writing center in Tucson, Arizona; and the Program Coordinator for the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies.