In memoriam: Richard Shelton, world-renowned poet, author Dec. 5, 2022 Image We are sad to hear about the passing of world-renowned poet and Tucson resident, Richard Shelton. In addition to being a prolific and award-winning author, he served as the Regents Professor of English and former Director of the Creative Writing Program and Poetry Center at the University of Arizona. He will be greatly missed. You can view his books and manuscript materials at Special Collections. Photo by Laverne Harrell Clark for the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Copyright © 1976 Arizona Board of Regents.