MARCH 10 READING TO FEATURE NEW OKLAHOMA POET LAUREATE
The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas, now in its ninth year, will begin its 2013 season on March 10 with a reading (3pm) at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas which will feature the new Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Nathan Brown, and Albuquerque poet Cathy Arellano. Brown, who has read in New Mexico before but now will read for the first time as Poet Laureate, studied at the University of Oklahoma and has taught there, but now mostly travels, reads poetry and encourages students in various institutions to study poetry and creative writing.
Nathan Brown is also a photographer, songwriter and musical performer as well as the author of eight books of poetry: Hobson's Choice (2002); Suffer the Little Voices (2005), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award; Ashes over the Southwest (2005); Not exactly Job (2007), a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award; Two tables over (2008), winner of the Oklahoma Book Award; My Sideways Heart (2010); Letters to the one-armed poet: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss and butternut squash ravioli (2011); and, Karma Crisis: New & Selected Poems (2012). He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and in 2010 he released a CD of all-original songs,
Gypsy Moths. His poetry has also appeared in many journals, such as World Literature Today,
Descant, Blue Rock Review, Concho River Review, Malpais Review, and in several anthologies such as: Travelin' Music: A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie; Ain't Nobody that can sing like me: New Oklahoma Writing; and, Eight voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest.
Albuquerque poet Cathy Arellano, who teaches Developmental English at Central New Mexico Community College and Creative Writing in the Chicano/a Studies Program at the University of New Mexico (from time to time), also facilitates community groups and workshops such as "Fact, Fiction & Funk: A Writing Workshop for Women of Color" at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She has been awarded the Hispanic Writers Award for the Taos Summer Writer's Conference, and in the past, also won a Literary Arts Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Arellano has recently published her work in Feminist Formations (University of Arizona Women's Studies Program); Huizache (literary journal of the University of Houston at Victoria);
Mas Tequila Review; Malpais Review; Turtle Island to Abya Yala:A Love anthology of Art/Poetry by Native American & Latina women; Chicana Lesbians: The Girls our mothers warned us about; Days I moved through ordinary sounds: The Teachers of Writercorps in poetry & prose; El Tecolote; Cipactli; Fourteen Hills; La Voz, La Bloga; Duke City Fix. Her poetry and prose collection Salvation on 24th Street will be published by Korima Press this Fall.
The Duende Poetry Series sponsors four readings a year in March, June, September, and one floating date. For all Duende readings wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, although we encourage donations for the poets (donation jar as you enter). For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at fish@anasazifieldswinery. com, or 867-3062. To reach the winery, turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos from Highway 165 in the old village of Placitas, across from the Presbyterian Church. Drive past two stop signs, turn left into the winery parking lot. From outside Placitas, take I-25 to Exit 242, drive six miles to Placitas and follow Camino de los Pueblitos through two stop signs to the winery.
"....art is worthless unless it plants
a measure of splendor in people's hearts."
Taha Muhammad Ali
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And poetry must be like a singing bird,
Perching on the highest branch of a tree,
Breaking the heavy silence of the world.
Hamid Reza Rahimi