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Poetry Hike and Fundraiser for the Local Poets Guild

  • Apr 28, 2012 · 5:00 PM

Directions to the Lauren's have been sent out. This will be an event to remember but if you cannot make please take yourself off the list. If you do not get the directions or just signed up let me know.

Lauren Schwartz is generously opening her home for this benefit and poetry hike. We have an outstanding program planned. We don't post private information on the site. We will email the directions to Lauren's house on the Wednesday before the event.

We have a premier program this month.

Lisa Gill, Founder and Artistic Director of the Local Poets Guild will be our featured poet. There is a simplicity and elegance in Gill's language that reaches us on different levels. She is a remarkable person really.

Rich Boucher will MC our event and sprinkle it with his magic. Rich is a well know performance poet, who can be seen at local venues such as the Church of Beethoven and all over the place really. His work is multilayered. He has a taste for the absurd. Mixes humor, allegory and metaphor into powerful poems. Rich Boucher's website. Rich is also a contributor/editor at the Local Poets Guild website.

More on Lisa Gill and Rich Boucher below.

On the Local Poets Guild

The mission of Local Poets Guild (LPG) is to advocate for poetry, develop audience, engage poets and foster the creative process, from conception and craft to publication and performance. Lisa Gill, Founder and Artistic Director of the Local Poets Guild, 2011 Annual Report.

A program snapshot from the 2011 annual report:

  • Online Informational Hub – LPG Helps writers find out about opportunities in the poetry community, and also helps the community learn about writers.
  • East of Edith – This is a weekly Monday open mic, which includes a feature. Welcoming many voices, this event allows poets to share work consistently, get inspired and hone skills.
  • Print Publications – LPG offers special freely distributed broadsides on various themes at different times of the year.
  • Triptych Featured Readings – This showcase allows the juxtaposition of twenty minute readings by three poets.
  • Verso Quarto Discussions – A moderator and four poets bring many concerns of craft and content to the table.
  • P(EAR): Poetics and Poems – Poets share perspective on what poetry means to them and how they think about process, form and content.
  • Outreach Programs – LPG advocates for poetry in less expected places and contexts by offering advice on integration, coordinating, or even funding some poetry programming.
  • Workshops including Writing to Heal, Publishing, Performance, Nonviolence and a new study group on craft.
  • LAND IS Retreat: – LPG offers focused rural residencies for writers in cabin outside Moriarty.

The Program In A Nutshell

  • 5:00 PM -- Assemble at Lauren's House for a meet and greet.
  • 5:15 PM -- Leave for an easy hike in the foothills.
  • 7:00 PM -- Potluck begins.
  • 8:00 PM -- Poetry program begins.

On The Potluck and Something To Share

We are having a complete potluck, so bring anything you like. We can always use entries, cheese, bread, crackers, salads, deserts, fruit, wine, beer, or whatever you think we will enjoy. Surprise us!

We will provide dinnerware and drinks.

On Poetry Selection and Theme

This month's theme is American Poetry in honor of National Poetry Month.

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Open Mic

The open mic is where the established poet shares the stage with those of us who want to have a say. This is egalitarianism in practice. Think of the idealism of Athens during the Golden Age. You may choose to either read a poem related to the this months them or one your own.

On the Donation

The suggested donation is $5.00 per person, although you may donate as much as you like.

Lisa Gill

Lisa Gill is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, an Achievement Award from UNM, the Red Shoes Award (named after Dara McLaughlin), and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She is the author of The Relenting: A Play of Sorts and the poetry collections Red as a Lotus, Mortar & Pestle, and Dark Enough. A graphic memoir titled Caput Nili: How I Won the War & Lost My Taste for Oranges has also been released by West End Press and Burning Books, and includes five essays, 89 poems, MRI brainscans, and art by Kris Mills. Recent publications include Tuesday; An Art Project, 1913: A Journal of Forms, The Bigger Boat and a poem in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Annual Report. She served as artistic director of STIR: A Festival of Words and received her MFA with distinction in creative nonfiction from the University of New Mexico. She has performed widely from the Taos Poetry Circus to the Thom McGrath Visiting Writers Series in Minnesota and the Seattle Poetry Festival. She favors collaborations and has worked with visual artists Kris Mills, Becky Holtzman, Suzanne Sbarge, Valerie Roybal, Heidi Pollard plus video guru Bryan Konefsky, filmmaker Jeanne Liotta, and Dome Artist Hue Walker. She has performed with countless musicians including Mike Balistreri, Mark Weaver, Janet Feder, J.A. Deane, C.K. Barlow, Mitch Rayes, Kurt Heyl, The Michael Vlatkovich Trio and th3 e1emental orke5tra. She now makes her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she helps coordinate poetry for both 516 ARTS and Church of Beethoven and serves as Artistic Director for Local Poets Guild. (Photo by Wes Naman)

Rich Boucher

Performance poet Rich Boucher is a past member of five national poetry slam teams, from Worchester, MA, Washington, D.C., Wilmington, DE, and Albuquerque. He has published four chapbooks and for seven years he hosted an open reading in Newark, DE. Since moving to Albuquerque in 2008, Rich has performed steadily in the city's poetry venues and he is a contributor/editor at His poetry has appeared in Adobe Walls; Fickle, Grey Sparrow Journal, HyperText, The Rag, Malpais Review, Clutching at straws, Shot Glass Journal, Missive, Sparkbright, Mas Tequila Review, Yellow Ham, Borderline & The Legendary. In January 2012, Rich appeared on an album-Dylan: Philadelphia pays tribute to a Legend- which features various Philadelphia artists performing covers of Dylan songs to benefit Amnesty International and the End Hunger Network. Rich's contribution to the album was a spoken-word rendition of Dylan's "My back pages." You can hear some of Rich's poems at:

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    Wonderful walk in the foothills, the best of Albuquerque's top poets, great food, interested people--great! You all should have been there!

    April 29, 2012

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