Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Sept 11, 3pm: Duende Poetry Series Reading

at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas Village presents Alvaro Cardona-Hine and Amalio Madueno

The third reading of 2011 sponsored by the Duende Poetry Series (which still does not have a web site to call its own) of Placitas will be Sunday, September 11th 3pm, at the local Anasazi Fields Winery. The featured poets will be two of New Mexico's major writers: Alvaro Cardona-Hine of Truchas and Amalio Madueno of Embudo. 

Alvaro Cardona-Hine, born in 1926, now runs the Alvaro Cardona-Hine Gallery in Truchas. He has published nineteen books of poetry, prose and literary translations, and he is also a playwright, composer and a visual artist. He is, in fact, a sort of Renaissance Man and publishes both in Spanish and English. His poetry has appeared in many well known poetry journals and anthologies such as Contemporary World Poetry; The Pushcart Prize Anthology (IV). 

He has also been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Council. Books include: The Gathering Wave, Agapito, Four Poems about Sparrows; A History of Light; Spring has Come (A translation of Pre-Renaissance Spanish poetry); The Curvature of the Earth which he published with his friend, the late poet Gene Frumkin (UNM Press, 2007); and a memoir, Thirteen Tangos for Stravinsky (link to interview about memoir). Do not miss Alvaro. This is a spectacular event.

Amalio Madueno lives on the Embudo River near where it connects with the Rio Grande. He was associated with The Taos Poetry Circus during the entire 1990s, and performs his work in readings throughout the West. He has published in many poetry journals. His last book, Lost in the Chamiso, was published by Wild Embers Press (2006). His next book, Spider Road, is forthcoming from Mouthfeel Press in El Paso. He is the founder of Ranchos Press and the Border Poets Consortium, and grew up on the U.S. side of the Tijuana/San Ysidro, California border, and considers himself a fronterizo (border) poet. His latest book is Corua, which, like many of his works, is in a mixture of Spanish and English. He directs a new poetry series at the Vivac Winery in Embudo. Amalio is refreshing, funny, exact, satiric, playful and important as a poet in our state.

For all Duende readings, wine, free snacks, and nonalcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, though we encourage donations for the poets. For more information about the event, contact Jim Fish at the winery (505) 867-3062 or by email at

The Duende Poetry Series (pdf) of Placitas sponsors four readings a year and the last reading of this year will be held in October (details forthcoming at a later date). 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, and then 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. 

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