Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Duende Poetry Series 3 pm Sunday June 8, Anasazi Fields, Placitas

…featuring Sherwin Bitsui and Levi Romero

The Duende Poetry Series of Placitas is now in its 10th year. It is a free event at Anasazi Fields Winery. The featured poets will be NM Centennial Poet Levi Romero and Dineh (Navajo) poet Sherwin Bitsui.

Sherwin Bitsui
Dineh (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona, received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is the author of Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009). His poems come from "the intersection" of Native American and contemporary American culture. His poems are "imagistic, surreal, and rich with details of the landscape of the Southwest." Flood Song is a lyric sequence that explores the traditions of Native American writing in new ways. Bitsui has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and a Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship.

Levi Romero
from the Embudo Valley of New Mexico and earned a BA and an MA in architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is "a bilingual poet whose language is immersed in the regional manito dialect of northern New Mexico," and he is the co-author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland (2013). A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works came out in 2008 and Gathering of Silence in 1996. Romero was named the centennial poet for New Mexico for 2012. Awards: Best Books of the Southwest Award and a Texas Book Award in 2010; the 2009 New Mexico Women's Press Award and the PBS Bill Moyers Language of Life Award in Poetry for 1996.  He teaches creative writing, Chicana and Chicano studies, and cultural landscape studies at UNM.

For all Duende Poetry Series readings, wine, free snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks are available to the audience. The event is free, although donations are encouraged for the poets. For more information, contact Jim Fish at the winery at 867-3062 or To reach the winery, take I-25 to Placitas exit 242, and drive six miles to the village of Placitas then turn onto Camino de los Pueblitos opposite the Presbyterian Church. After two stop signs and turn left into the winery parking lot. Open reading after featured readers as time permits. 

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