Thursday, October 25, 2012

Quick Notes & Muse Musings

… on area #NMpoetry events approaching on the event horizon,

Notes first, then musings, space and time permitting. Most announcements here are from Billy Brown and Elaine Schwartz, both of whom maintain excellent and comprehensive poetry mailing lists, a poetry lifeline for the Facebook phobic. There are other calendars and sources... making a ✔ for "jonesing for NM poetry?" as future post topic, but in the meantime...

Dale at 2006 Picnic
  • Fixed & Free, this evening, October 25:  6:45-9pm at The Source. Featured readers are Dale Harris (don't miss Book of Cranes, her latest project) and Tony Mares, hosted by Billy Brown, 401-8139.
  • October 29, Monday Open Mic at East of Edith, sponsored by the Local Poets Guild. Margaret Randall will present her latest collection of poetry Where Do We Go From Here in its entirety and also show related slides of her stunning photography from Cambodia and travels…
  • November 13, Jim Nye at Adobe Walls co-sponsored poetry open mic at Page One Books (11018 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 – map) on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm.  The evening consists of an open mic and a featured reader. Open to all poets. 
  • November 15, Book Launch: 8 Voices, Contemporary Poetry of the American Southwest, Lucky Bean Cafe, Santa Fe. Voices is a collection of the work of eight poets from Texas , New Mexico and Oklahoma. The reading and signing will begin at 6:30p.m. Admission is free. Elizabeth Raby (Santa Fe), Tony Mares (Albuquerque), Karla K. Morton and Ronald E. Moore (Texas) will read.
  • November 17, poetry workshop with Wayne Lee at the Source, 1111 Carlisle SE. Registration: $50 ($45 before Nov 1. To reserve a spot, please send a check to Wayne Lee, 2084 Placita de Vida, Santa Fe , NM 87505 , by Nov. 13.  For more information, email or visit
Muse Musings (more or less): Notes are area, mostly Albuquerque, although would I like to include more Central and South NM poetry items. #Mountainair has few poetry specific events, aside from occasional poetry activity committed by Manzano Mountain Scribes (writing group, meeting 2nd and 4th Saturdays, e.g. tomorrow, poetry presence unknown) and periodic rumblings from iCreate.

Due to time constraints, social media commitment overload and cloning myself not being a viable option, I use Google Reader "send to" and Facebook sharing to post NM poetry and related Events on Picnic's page there (which, folks, auto-tweets your notices @PWPicnic). That's a hint for anyone not already using the feature. You can also post your poetry events and announcements directly to our Facebook page

Notes is a catch all / catch up space. Although I won't (will try not to) neglect poetry news with no web home of its own that lands my mailbox, it is not as online sharing-friendly, takes more time to turn around and, thus, is more susceptible to procrastination. That and allocating more space here for about poets, poetry and writing posts, means less plog space for local-poetry-news&announcements, unless these are more developed "about" pieces. Guidelines? Whatever catches my fancy ~ personal interest, recycling choice poetry catch of the day from the feed reader. With NaNoWriMo around the corner, expect that too. This year, I will attempt to combine it with DigiWrMo or Digital Writing Month.

Suggestions and recommendations welcome...

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