In memory of UA poetry professor Steve Orlenby Carolyn Classen on Jan. 20, 2011, under Arts, Education, Life
UA English Professor and published poet Steve Orlen passed away on November 16, 2010, at age 68 due to lung cancer. He was a professor at the U of A since 1967, having received his undergraduate degree from U. Mass Amherst, and MFA from University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He taught Creative writing (poetry) and Twentieth-century American poetry.
UA Poetry Center’s website had a brief memorial online for Steve saying ” Steve. You will be sorely missed. We will carry your words with us.” A memorial service at the Poetry Center is scheduled for Saturday, January 22 at 1508 E. Helen St. (SE corner of Vine), 3 to 5 p.m. Click here for the link:
Additional link to Steve’s 15 readings at Tucson Festival of Books on March 15, 2009:
Watch this video above as it really shows the beauty of Steve’s poetry, especially as recited by him.
Orlen wrote six books of poetry (including “The Elephant’s Child: New & Selected Poems 1978 to 2005″, “Kisses”, “This Particular Eternity”), and did readings around Tucson. We knew him and his wife Gail Marcus-Orlen, a local artist, as our sons went to elementary school together, and we are neighbors in the same midtown area. He was a great guy, always smiling and pleasant.
Farewell Steve, you will indeed be missed, but your poetic words will live on.