505 was the area code for the entire state of New Mexico until 2007 when 575 was added. While I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, Northern New Mexico has been my home for many years and influences my poetry.
The New Mexico Book Coop has announced that *Day of Clean Brightness” is a finalist in the category of poetry! The winner will be announced in November 2018. Judging criteria includes the cover/appearance, text/interior, and content, so kudos go to book designer Lesley Cox, artist Seamus Berkeley, and editor Andrea Watson as well!
Earlier this year I had a great experience with 24PearlStreet. It was my first time taking an online workshop. Rebecca Seiferle taught an 8-week course on the poetic sequence that was informative and inspiring. With only one other student, it was intimate, and the exchanges between the three of us were meaningful and extremely useful. 24PearlStreet published an excerpt from the sequence poem I wrote for the course. The poem is still a work in progress.
Looking forward to my next gig, I’m reading at Bookworks with my fellow Kundiman poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello and poet Ashley Jones! I heard Marci read from her new award-winning book Hour of the Ox at AWP, and it was moving. I’m looking forward to hearing her reading a more intimate space than the book fair hall, and meeting/hearing Ashley. I’ve also heard good things about indie bookstore Bookworks. It’s sad that Los Alamos does not have a bookstore anymore.
Please join us for a diverse, interesting poetry reading!
Heading to Portland, OR to read with my fellow Kundiman and programmer poet Neil Aitken whose third book Babbage’s Dream was released this year as well. It was so interesting to read this book because it activated both my software engineering mind and my poetry mind in such surprising ways.
Poet Veronica Golos is curating a terrific reading series at SOMOS in Taos, NM for National Poetry Month. I am honored to be reading on Sunday, April 9 at 7 pm with fellow poet James Thomas Stevens. Melody Romancito, vocalist and guitarist, will also be performing. A little about James:
James Thomas Stevens, Aronhió:ta’s, was born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1966. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa, and received his MFA from Brown University. Stevens, recipient of a 2000 Whiting Award, is the author of A Bridge Dead in the Water, Combing the Snakes from His Hair, Bulle/Chimère, Mohawk/Samoa:Transmigrations with Caroline Sinavaiana, Of Kingdoms and Kangaroo with Nicolas Destino and (dis)Orient. He is a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and teaches Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Stevens lives in Cañoncito, New Mexico.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
TAYO Literary Magazine First Books Reading
- Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St NW, Washington DC, 20037
- 7:30-9:30 pm
TAYO cultivates emerging poetry and prose, publishing writing that knifes, lifts, and strikes at the emotive truth of all things lost and adrift. This reading features TAYOcontributors & friends with new books: Rachelle Cruz, Chris Santiago, Shamala Gallagher, Ching-in Chen, & Jane Lin
Saturday, February 11, 2017
In Bloom: Kundiman Fellows and Friends Read from New Works
- BloomBars, 3222 11th Street NW, Washington DC, 20001
- 5-7 pm
A celebration of new books by Kundies and friends! Featuring: Neil Aitken, Gina Apostol, Marci Calabretta, Chen Chen, Ching-In Chen, Jennifer S. Cheng, Kazumi Chin, Rachelle Cruz, Muriel Leung, Jane Lin, Michelle Lin, Marco Maisto, MG Roberts, Chris Santiago, Melissa Sipin, and Jane Wong
Next Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 4 pm, Daniel Okulitch (lead in the Santa Fe Opera’s current production of Don Giovanni) will perform Glen Roven’s “Santa Fe Songs” at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe, NM.
“Santa Fe Songs” is a cycle of art songs that use poems by regional poets for its lyrics. Included is my poem “Signs and Portents.” After Emmy Award winner Glen Roven composed the cycle, soprano Talise Trevigne recorded it on her album “At the Statue of Venus.”
Glen Roven returns to Santa Fe to perform on piano with Daniel Okulitch singing. Keri Alkema (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni) will also perform.
I am looking forward to the concert and meeting Glen in person finally!
If you come, be sure to pick up a free postcard of “Signs and Portents” with an original drawing by my daughter.