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Ride Along with Poets Pedal

The inaugural Poets Pedal was a day filled with poetry, bike rides, and local food and beer.

March 7, 2017

On Sunday, March 5, Living Streets Alliance, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona joined forces at the inaugural Poets Pedal, an afternoon of biking, poetry, and gastronomy.

The tour began at Dragoon Brewery, where attendees grabbed a beer and enjoyed some poetry to get their wheels spinning. Next, they rode to Manzo Elementary for a tour of their gardens and a special reading by Manzo’s student poets. Poets Pedal ended at the beautiful Mission Garden, where attendees enjoyed a picnic of Barrio Bread and local cheese from Fiore di Capra as they listened to a final poetry reading in the gardens.

Poets Pedal was a collaboration of Living Streets Alliance, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Edible Baja Arizona. Participants rode their bikes and gathered at Dragoon Brewery.

Tyler Meier, the executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, introduced the day’s poets, Wendy Burk and Bruce Gungle, who read at Dragoon Brewery.

Poets Pedal riders enjoyed a local brew before heading along the River Path.

In the gardens at Manzo Elementary School, 5th grade student poets read original work.

The student poets were scattered around Manzo’s expansive gardens and greenhouses; groups of bike riders rotated through each station to hear each poet’s work.

Much of the poetry was inspired by a sense of place and the students’ experiences working in the school garden.

The Poets Pedal ride finished with a beautiful picnic at Mission Garden, at the base of A Mountain.

Barrio Bread and Fiore di Capra cheese were well-received by the hungry riders.

Apricot trees were just beginning to blossom at Mission Garden.

Poet Wendy Burk wrapped up the event with a final poetry reading.

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