Friday May 19, 2017
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Santa Fe poet Jesús Castillo reads from his book-length poem.
About seven years ago, Santa Fe poet Jesús Castillo bought a pack of index cards to take notes while he was reading. He was living in Berkeley at the time, in a house full of young writers who’d recently graduated from college. The city was teeming with literary energy, and Castillo felt inspired to start an ambitious project: a book-length poem. “I realized that each of these index cards made a nice little stanza, and three of them fit on the page,” he says. “For two years after that, I just carried them around with me and filled them out whenever something came up.” The fragments were united in Castillo’s book Remains, which was published by McSweeney’s in early 2016. The book will make its Santa Fe debut at his reading with poet Sonja Bjelic at Strangers Collective’s NO LAND art space on Friday, May 19, 8:00 pm.