V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
Sultry sonnets for sundry sweethearts
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Weekly Alibi offers up some sultry sonnets for sundry sweethearts.
V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016
Healing One Word at a Time
Saturday, Dec 3: Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship
By Megan Reneau [ Fri Dec 2 2016 12:00 PM ]
Ten of the best female performance poets in Albuquerque compete to claim the title of Best Woman Slammer in Albuquerque.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
Words With Meaning
Sunday, Nov 13: Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last
By Nina Ferrell [ Sat Nov 12 2016 11:00 AM ]
Touring author Justin Boening reads with Albuquerque poet Erin Adair Hodges.
V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016
A Night of Sinn
Friday, Jul 15: Vagrant Variety Presents: Fire and Lions
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Jul 14 2016 10:00 AM ]
A variety show featuring the best local talent in comedy, music, drag, magic, poetry, belly dancing and fire performances.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
Courtesy of Wyrdteenth's Facebook Event Page
No Fear of a Black Planet at Wyrdteenth
Sunday, Jun 5: Wyrdteenth
By Robin Babb [ Fri Jun 3 2016 11:00 AM ]
Celebrate cultural aesthetics and critical dimensions of Afrofuturism with zines, poetry and performances from Ebony Isis Booth, Marya Errin Jones, Brielle Leilani, Tanesia Hale-Jones.
Thursday, Jun 2: Taos Poetry Festival
By Monica Schmitt [ Wed Jun 1 2016 10:10 AM ]
Story slams, workshops and open mics featuring poetsÂ Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Nathan Brown, Sabina Jones and Alyia Martinson.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016
Poetry and Prose at Local Book Store
Press Release [ Fri May 13 2016 10:15 AM ]
Jeanne Shannon, born on a farm in Virginia, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 15, to talk about and sign her book of poetry and prose, Summoning.
The book is described as such: "A collection of poems and hybrid works that hover at the boundary between poetry and prose, and that range from the abstract and experimental to the concrete and accessible. Employing imagery that is vivid and frequently surprising, the author addresses subjects that include the natural world (especially the plant kingdom), art and music, the dreamlike regions of memory, and the mysterious—the 'dissolving forms' that tell us the world is stranger than we might suppose. In the title poem and others, she summons recollections of her early life in 1940s southwestern Virginia, 'the heart of Appalachia.'"
Shannon was born on a snowy morning on a farm in southwestern Virginia, “the heart of Appalachia,” when the Sun was in Aquarius and the Moon was in Taurus. She has lived in the west (Arizona and New Mexico) for most of her adult life. She writes poems that she characterizes as paintings—often impressionistic, sometimes abstract. It's hard to find one that does not contain a reference to a member of the vegetable kingdom, be it tree, weed or flower. She is pleased to claim Robert Beverley, historian of early Virginia whose name appears in Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, as a maternal ancestor.
Saturday, May 7: OutSpoken Queer Poetry
By Monica Schmitt [ Fri May 6 2016 1:00 PM ]
The slam is open to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and queer-questioning poets. Featuring Queer Xicana poet, Tannia Esparza. Hosted by Erin Northern.
V.25 No.18 | 5/5/2016
courtesy of the artist
: (n.) The pain experienced when the place where one resides or one loves is under immediate assault
By Maggie Grimason
Maggie Grimason interviews Demian DinéYazhi' and Jess X. Chen, two multi-disciplinary artists probing with their words the hurts of ongoing environmental degradation, colonization and the myriad injustices that thousands of people struggle against daily.
V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016
The Daily Show
Inundated with the Arts Section
By Maggie Grimason [ Tue May 3 2016 12:35 PM ]
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to two artists visiting (or soon-to-be visiting) Albuquerque: Jess X. Chen and Gregg Deal.
Jess X. Chen is a multi-disciplinary artist whose mediums include video, mural work, paintings and poetry. She will be visiting the Tannex with Demian DinéYazhi as part of their joint poetry tour: Solastalgia.
Here is where I will begin to flood you with an immersive multimedia experience. Not only can you read interviews (that I got to conduct (!) *straightens tie*) in upcoming issues of the Alibi, but you can watch these artists speak out on important issues on alternately funny and cerebral platforms.
Jess X. Chen recently delivered her first TED Talk about migration as imagination. Enriched by her poetry, her talk is visceral and powerful.
I also had the pleasure of speaking with Gregg Deal, an artist from Colorado who not only premiered his first short film at last weekend's Rezilience, but threw up a mural at the Peace and Justice Center of Leonard Peltier.
Gregg works in a multitude of public art mediums--murals, performance art and more. His works are visual pieces of activism and always express his Indigenous heritage. He is an outspoken critic of the Washington Redskins racist mascot and participated in a great, biting panel for The Daily Show on the topic.
You can watch both of these artists do their things in the videos above.
You can also watch Jess X. Chen perform her poetry on Monday, May 9 (along with Demian! And a performance by the brilliant Discotays) and also get thee to the Peace and Justice Center (202 Harvard Dr. SE) to see Gregg's mural on the west facing wall. Inside, you can buy shirts with the same images, the proceeds from which will go to the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
V.25 No.17 | 4/28/2016
The Province of the Heart
Selected poems for National Poetry Month
By Maggie Grimason
Maggie Grimason asks a number of local creatives to contribute to a suggested reading list for National Poetry Month.
V.25 No.16 | 4/21/2016
A Conversation with Jennifer Bartlett
UNM roots figure into poet’s oeuvre
By August March
Jennifer Bartlett recently focused her poetic gift to advance a discourse on disability, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability.
V.25 No.12 | 3/24/2016
Black in Burque
Burque Noir celebrates black women, their art and activism
By Maggie Grimason
Burque Noir will feature a wealth of rich and varied performances by, and to pay homage to, black female artists and activists.
V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016
Mercedez Holtry via Facebook
Show 'Em Who's Boss
Thursday, Feb 25: Burque Women of the World Fundraiser
By Joshua Lee [ Wed Feb 24 2016 12:50 PM ]
Albuquerque poets Mercedez Holtry and Eva Crispin present poetry by donation to help pay for their trip to Brooklyn for the Women of the World Poetry Slam next month.
V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
Horrible Valen-times rhyme
By Renee Chavez [ Sat Feb 13 2016 2:30 PM ]
Bad poetry for your valentine.
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