Sunday, March 11, 2012

Poetry Happenings, Workshops, Readings

Elaine Schwartz covers March and into April


March 15,  Librotraficante, a Texas-based caravan of writers who oppose the ban of the Mexican-American reading list in Tucson, will stop in Albuquerque.  

At 10 am, the caravan stops at Denise Chavez's Mesilla Cultural Center. Later that day, Librotraficante will hold a press conference in Albuquerque at 5pm. A reading follows at 7pm: Book Bash y Mas, featuring Rudolfo Anaya, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and other banned and supporting authors. Location TBA.For more information, visit Librotraficante online or the Albuquerque Cultural Conference on Facebook.

Saturday March 17, 1 to 3 pm. Bill & Annmarie Pearson  - Book Signing, Treasure House Books & Gifts in Old Town, Albuquerque. Books:  Annemarie Pearson's mystery,  The Fetish Ruby
Bill & Annemarie Pearson  - Coffee Table book (Poetry & Nature Photographs), Nature Rhymes with Natural Impressions.

March 17—April 14, Metamorphsis: Quilt Show, Eldorado Community Church, The Exhibit Space, La Tienda, Eldorado (off I-25 and 285). Featuring 24 quilters and 60 quilts. Free.

Evening of March 17, Peoples Poetry—Potluck at 6:30pm and, Performance at 7:30, Open Mic sometime later. Dancing afterwards. Featuring SETH and Mary Dezember, with Nate Maxson as Open Mic Host. Factory on 5th, 1715 Fifth St NW, Albuquerque. Free event. 

Sunday March 18, 3pm. Duende Poetry Series, Anasazi Fields Winery, Placitas. Carol Moscrip, Deborah Coy and Rich Boucher in Poetry Live Performance. Pamela Hirst will introduce the new Beatlick Press. Contact Jim Fish (505) 867-3062, 
Sunday, March 18, 3pm, The Albuquerque Word Weavers at Acequia Books, 4019 4th St, NW, Albuquerque: 

The Albuquerque Word Weavers, Chandra Bales, Karin Bradberry, Lisa Jacobs, Kate Padilla, Sylvia Ramos Cruz, Elizabeth Roll and Elaine Schwartz will read and sign copies of their first chapbook, Weavin'. This group of widely published poets has met bi-weekly over the last five years for poetry study, writing and critique. Their work ranges from fixed forms, such as villanelles and ghazals, to free verse and performance poetry. They address a vast array of topics, from the personal to the political, from loss to revelation, and sadness to joy.
March 21 and March 28 at 3:00 (Calif. time) in conjunction with Womens History Month: Poet Marilyn Stablein (author of eleven books including two memoirs, book of poems Splitting Hard Ground, winner of New Mexico Book Award), two part KPFA interview with Jack Foley on his Wednesday Cover to Cover shows. (KPFA is located online at Click on listen or live audio at 4:00 Albuquerque time to hear the show)
March 21 show features poet and artist Marilyn Stablein. Jack and Marilyn discuss three of Stablein's books: Splitting Hard Ground (winner of the 2010 New Mexico Book Award and the 2011 New Mexico Press Women's Poetry Book Award), Sleeping in Caves: A Memoir of the Sixties (a document of Stablein's Himalayan adventures) and More Night Travels to Tibet (prose poems from the author's "pillow book"). Part one of two. March 28, 3:00 Part Two of Two.

Saturday afternoon, March 24, 2 - 5 pm (or until all poets read) Fixed and Free Anthology Celebration and Poetry Reading. 516 Arts, 516 Central SE, Albuquerque. 

All poets with poems in the anthology are invited to read their poems from the anthology. Anyone interested in poetry, including the general public. Please invite friends & family  The Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology will be on sale: $10 contributor price (one copy); $15 regular price. ALL proceeds to support Fixed and Free poetry activities. 

Saturday March 24, 1:30. "Somewhere in Ireland" Poetry Reading by Linda Whittenberg, accompanied by flutist Danny Wilding, Eldorado Community Church. La Tienda, Building B, Eldorado (off I-25 and 285). The reading is part of an extended St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 26  to April 16, 4 sessions Monday evenings, 7 to 9pm, OR 4 sessions, Wednesday afternoons, March 28 to April 18, 2 to 4pm. New Creative Writing Workshop in Santa Fe from Lauren Camp. "Writer as Witness" -- Choose Evenings or Afternoons!

This class is designed to explore personal memories or political / historical / current events at a deep level. Through writing exercises, readings and discussion, students will have the opportunity to take on subjects that may have eluded them before. These four sessions go beyond prompts. They open up the chance for in-depth, poetic consideration of a single theme or topic, and provide remarkable examples for expressing that hard-to-handle subject.

For more info and to register, go to or email

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