Saturday, July 31, 2010

Call for Journal Submissions

RECONFIGURATIONS: A Journal for Poetics and Poetry / Literature and Culture 

ISSN: 1938-3592 ~, Volume 4: Emergence

Submissions: April thru August, 2010

Publication: November, 2010

Guidelines: Volume four of Reconfigurations,, seeks a variety of works concerning emergence—that is, the phenomena of appearing & becoming—across a wide range of signification: matters aleatory or nascent; objects concealed or manifest; actions impending or close-at-hand; communities indeterminate or realized; occurrences unforeseen or unexpected.  

Reconfigurations, ISSN: 1938-3592, is an electronic, peer-reviewed, international, annual journal for poetics and poetry, creative and scholarly writing, innovative and traditional concerns with literary arts and cultural studies.  Reconfigurations publishes under a Creative Commons 3.0 open-access license, is MLA indexed, EBSCO distributed and independently managed.

Email electronic Submissions to

Submissions should be attached as a single .doc, .rtf, or .txt file.  Visuals should be attached individually as .jpg, .gif or .bmp files.  Please include the words "Reconfigurations submission" in the subject line of your message.

reposted from The Poetics List

Friday, July 30, 2010

Venus in the Badlands II: A Tribute to Todd Moore,

Sat Jul 31st, 7-10 pm @ 1011 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. Books, Readings, Special Guests - hosted by John Macker: Venus in the Badlands II: A Tribute to Todd Moore.

Todd Moore reading at 2008 Poets and Writers Picnic

For more info contact John Macker 505-954-5757

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fri July 30: Challenge Slam

 ... 7pm at Winnings Coffee Co. 111 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque. FREE ~ Friday, July 30th, The Challenge Slam Feat.

Extreme Slam Smackdown: ABQ10 Slam Team (In their NPS 2010 Send-Off Performance), The Silver City Slam Team & the 3rd Ranked Youth Team in the Universe, ABQ Unidos Youth Slam Team.

Introduction: Donald Levering

Featured Reader Donald Levering is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in poetry. He holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. In 2002-2004, he was the Director of the Theaterwork Poetry Reading Series. In 2007, he was an Academy of American Poets Featured Poet in the Online Forum (

His poetry books include The Jack of Spring, Carpool, Outcroppings from Navajoland, Mister Ubiquity, Horsetail, The Fast of Thoth, The Kingdom of Ignorance, and Whose Body. The 2009 inaugural issue of the New Mexico Poetry Review featured an interview.

Earlier this year, Donald Levering was a featured reader in the Duende Poetry Series in Placitas, New Mexico.


Brave New Voices 2010 ~ World Youth Slam Championships

ABQ Unidos, youth slammers, speaking for New Mexico at Brave New Voices in Los Angeles last week, finished third in the world. As previously posted, the youth team, Reed Adair, Khalid Binsunni, Eva Crespin, Mickey Figueroa and Olivia Gatwood, will be the featured group at Picnic 2010.

NM Slam poet and 2205 National Champion, Kenn Rodriguez, reporting on Facebook:
Saturday: The ABQ UNIDOS youth team took 3rd place at last night's Youth Speaks - Brave New Voices 2010 Grand Slam Finals in Los Angeles. Way to rep the 505! And congrats to the champs NYC - Urban Word, 2nd place Youth Speaks Bay Area & our sister city, Denver who finished 4th after a stunning display! We love you 303!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sat July 24, Hip Hop @ The Launchpad

Idris Goodwin, 2bers, Broken Bread Winner, Zack Freeman, Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras & Diles at the Launchpad Saturday July 24. Come see a revolution in Hip Hop, Poetry, Live Music and all things "F-R-E-S-H, Fresh, Fresh, that's Fresh." 

Self-labeled "Mid West, South West, American Rapper" on his previous EP, IDRIS GOODWIN is an acclaimed writer, National Endowment of the Arts grant recipient and HBO Def Poet. His Hip Hop melds honesty, humility, hilarity and hungry emcee's emcee, much of Goodwin's recently released Break Beat Poems CD was produced and created in Santa Fe, NM.
Also on the bill, are local Hip Hop genre-benders, 
THE 2BERS, and Raps, Rock, Reggae misfits BROKEN BREAD WINNER. Albuquerque' s own Bobbie McFerrin of Hip Hop, ZACK FREEMAN will be part of the show and rounding out the program are the visionaries of the upcoming multi-media theatrical performance Urban Verbs: Hip Hop Conservatory & Theater. Both, 2-time National Champions in the Poetry Slam Community, performance poets and musicians, HAKIM BELLAMY and CARLOS CONTRERAS...along with their creative mastermind on production, DILES. This will be the most ecclectic and eccentric Hip Hop show in Albuquerque thus far, this year. You don't want to miss it, invite all of your friends, parents and grandparents who say they don't like "rap music", this is the kind of show that will change their minds. The kind of show that makes people go, "Was that rap? It didn't sound like rap."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

NM Publications: Venus Envy Relaunch

description, deadlines and other information via John Biscello, who writes, 

Venus Envy is an art and literary magazine, published quarterly in both print and online versions.  The Summer 2010 issue was our re-launch issue (we published five issues between 2002-2003), and our next edition will come out this September.  

Submissions guidelines are as follows: Up to three poems (one hundred line limit) or two works of prose (2,500 word limit), can be submitted per quarterly reading cycle. Visual art is also accepted and should be sent as a jpeg.  VE is open to all styles, flavors and genres, quality being the key.  

Submit by email to venusintaos@gmail.comDeadline for the next issue is August 16th. 

What else?  We distribute the print editions primarily in Taos, with a smattering of distribution in Santa Fe.  There is no charge for the magazine, copies can be picked up free at distribution locations. 

Email for distribution locations or for information on ordering  by surface mail

Reminder: July Fixed & Free TONIGHT

Tonight -  Thursday July 22, 7-9 pm, July's F&F poetry reading at The Source features Gina Marselle, well known in the Albuquerque poetry community as the organizer of the Poetry In Place events at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center, an energetic participant and supporter of Slam Poetry, an accomplished photographer, and the mother of that famous young poet Miranda Marselle! 

Gina Marsell, photo from Local Poets Guild

(We have reserved a room at The Source for the 4th Thursday of every month throughout 2010. Please note these monthly poetry readings in your calendars, and plan to attend often!).  

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Look up! Look up!

 ... but not at the sky (or the ceiling fan). I've been busy with page re-design. Look up at the top the page, just below the page title. See the tabs with active links? Those are for the plog's new pages.

If you are reading this, you are Home ~ the other tabs read About, Picnic and Workshop. Respectively, pages cover general blog information, the August 28th Picnic IRL (In Real Life) and the Sunflower Writing Workshop. 

I may add more pages: suggestions invited. Currently under consideration: calendar; links page; gallery; a message (graffiti, haiku) wall (Wall Wisher or another); arcade

MAS Poetry Slam & Open-mic

July's MAS Poetry slam and open-mic is TOMORROW (Wednesday), July 21 at Winning Coffee Co., 111 Harvard SE (across from UNM).

Winning Coffee, Co.
The February show features Phoenix-based poet Miouo Nance, a performance poet who has made a name for herself at the Black Pearl Slam in Phoenix, the Tiny Mesa (Arizona) slam and has been doing shows regionally throughout 2010. This is her first appearance in Albuquerque.

There will also be the usual open-mic and a regular garden-variety slam, guest host, Damien Flores. Slam and open-mic signup starts at 6:30 pm. The show starts promptly at 7pm, so get there early!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Update: Picnic IRL

Once again Picnic slouches towards Mountainair to be born Saturday August 28, high noon at the Shaffer Hotel garden and more or less concurrent with the annual Sunflower Festival. I posted early basics some time back. Updates were twittered @PWPicnic as they dribbled in. The flyer is out (posted below) ~ a recap wouldn't hurt. 
click to view larger version to print or download

Kenneth Gurney and Dale Harris will emcee again this year. Kenneth sent me a splendid collection of links to his poems that will go in a separate post just about him. I requested an updated bio + links, poetry sample, etc. from Dale and refuse to run the same old that I've been running since 

The presumably complete list of 2010 featured individual readers runs as follows:Tani Arness, Gary Brower, Greg Candela, Wayne Crawford, Donald Levering, Miriam Sagan, Cirrelda Snyder-Bryan, Mitch Rayes, Sirena Rayes and Charles Usmar.  

Every reader who submits "bio +" (bio, picture, link/s, sample poem) gets a separate post ~ a separate page with its own link. I already have "bio +"  from Tani, Gary, Wayne, Donald (already posted) and Miriam (including neat teacherly stuff for her workshop bio). I prefer not to recycle bios on past readers unless they have been living in a coffin since their last picnic appearance. 
photo by Robin des Jardins

There will also be open mic and live music (a group, guitar accompaniment for some readers and unscheduled free form jamming). Open mic readers who are reasonably sure they will attend are also invited to send information for a readers' page

Traditionally, Picnic lineup includes a group: this year we are honored to be featuring New Mexico slam champions, the ABQ UNIDOS Youth Poetry Slam Team. [see also Duke City Youth Poetry Collective]. For a YouTube preview: clips of ABQ Unidos performing at the Church of Beethoven

The accompanying Sunflower Writing Workshop (link to old, pre-blog page) runs August 26-28, Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning. The 2010 brochure will be blogged as soon as I have a copy of the file, which will also be linked. There's more about recently added blog pages just for Picnic and the Workshop ~ see tabs at the top of the page ~ that I'll also blog separately. FYI ~ 2009 Workshop brochure and 2008 Workshop brochure

The New Mexico Celtic Singers are the scheduled music group. I sincerely hope they have added authentic Welsh pieces to their repertoire. With this blogwyr at the helm, English folk songs denigrating the Welsh don't count except against them.
Cyrmu am byth! Y Ddraig Goch ddyry gychwyn! Twll dîn pob Sais!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Call for Submissions: Subito Press

The 2010 Subito Press Book Competition will publish two books of innovative writing, one each of fiction and poetry.  Winners will be flown to the University of Colorado at Boulder to give a reading in the spring of 2011.
Suito Press Logo

Submission Guidelines: Submit mss. of up to 70 pages of poetry or up to 100 pages fiction (double spaced) along with a $20 reading fee and an SASE for notification of results.  Please see for complete guidelines.  Send to Subito Press, English Department, Hellems 101, 226 UCB, Boulder, Colorado, 80309-0226. Former students, friends and relatives of UC Boulder faculty are ineligible. 

Submissions will be accepted from June 1st to August 14th, 2010 (postmark date).                        

from The Poetics List ~ moderated & does not accept all posts. Check guidelines & sub/unsub info at the website

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wayne's Literary events, 7/17-20

From Wayne Crawford, who will also be one of our featured readers at the umpteenth annual Poets and Writers Picnic, August 28 (for anyone having problems figuring out what date the 4th Saturday in August falls on). Events listed below are in Las Cruces unless otherwise noted

Saturday, July 17, 1:30 pm,
Fountain Theatre in Mesilla (built 1905), showing "Spoken Word" with guest appearance by co-screenplay writer and poet, former Las Crucen and NMSU alumnus, Joe Ray Sandoval.  The film stars Kuno Becker, Persia White, Miguel Sandoval, Ruben Blades, and Antonio Elias, and is directed by Academy Award nominated director Victor Nunez.  This film was also shot in NM.
Spoken Word

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

August Postry Postcard Project

From Lana Ayers, reposted from the Poetics List. Doesn't this sounds like fun... especially if you decorate the card?

Welcome to the  August 2010 Postcard Poetry List!

Here's what's involved:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Call for Submissions

The Journal of Renga & Renku is ready to begin accepting offers of content for the first issue of Journal of Renga & Renku. While some details remain to be ironed out, the journal will be:
  1. published near the end of 2010
  2. available in hardcopy only
  3. available for purchase online using Paypal
We're looking for a variety of content along the lines of:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

thin pipes to NM Poetry, July into August

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, Alameda Press, for "thin pipes lit lines 2010" writes, 

Joan Logghe is Santa Fe's new Poet Laureate. To hear a poem from Rice visit and search for Joan Logghe, 

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