Summer Poetry Reading

For all you poetry lovers out there, why not devote some of your summer reading time to local poets?

Summer reading continues with Arizona inspired poetry. One of the most prominent poets of Arizona’s early statehood was Andrew Downing. In addition to playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the Carnegie library in Phoenix, Mr. Downing was unofficially known as the “Poet Laureate of Arizona” for the amount of poetry he published about our state, most of which can be found within the pages of The Arizona Republican.

You can read more poetry about Arizona through DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library. 

Arizona Republican article

“Some Day You’ll Surely Own These Books,” The Arizona Republican, December 28, 1916, p. 5, column 1.


Arizona Digital Newspaper Project

“The Forty – Seventh Star,” The Arizona Republican, August 22, 1911, p. 1, column 2.

“Statehood,” The Arizona Republican, April 06, 1902, p. 6, column 5.

“The City Beautiful,” The Arizona Republican, October 29, 1915, p. 4, column 3.


Arizona Memory Project

“Arizona Literary Magazine, Fall 1996,” 1996, The Writing Life, Arizona Authors Association, pp. 49 – 62. (For more issues of “Arizona Literary Magazine” visit The Writing Life Collection on AMP)


Reading Arizona

Henry Van Dyke, The Grand Canyon and Other Poems, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1914.