If it’s April, there is probably a good chance that someone somewhere is publicly reading a poem to a rapt audience. After all, April is National Poetry Month, and Albuquerque celebrates it with a gusto usually reserved for hot-air balloons and green chile. So as the inaugural Book Talks Series kicks off at the Kimo Theater, it only seems fitting that some of the best poets in town will appear live for this celebration. On Friday, April 12th at 8 p.m., there will be a no-holds barred conversation between poetry legend Jimmy Santiago Baca (whose books include A Place to Stand, Healing Earthquakes, Black Mesa Poems, Martḯn and Meditations on the South Valley and others) and local poet extraordinaire, Jessica Helen Lopez (author of Always Messing with them Boys). Tickets are only $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the Kimo Box Office, online or by phone at 886-1251. (Don McIver)
Friday Apr 12, 2013
Internationally renowned poet and novelist reads from his poetry and engages in a one-on-one conversation with host Jessica Lopez on stage about his work.
Including his popular book of poems, Immigrants in Our Own Land (1991) and his award-winning memoir, A Place to Stand (2001). Baca will also discuss his current work in screenwriting and film direction. The host and interviewer is Jessica Helen Lopez, a local and national slam poetry competitor and the winner of the 2012 WOWPS (Women of the World Poetry Slam) in Albuquerque. Her published collection of poems titled Always Messing with them Boys (2011) won the Zia Book Award and made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list. The event will end with a Q & A with the audience and a book sale and signing in the lobby. Music both before and after the reading and conversation will be by the national guitar celebrity and recording artist Keith Sanchez.