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V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016
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Event Horizon

A Night of Sinn

Friday, Jul 15: Vagrant Variety Presents: Fire and Lions

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

Event Horizon

No Fear of a Black Planet at Wyrdteenth

Sunday, Jun 5: Wyrdteenth

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.

Event Horizon

Words Alive

Thursday, Jun 2: Taos Poetry Festival

Story slams, workshops and open mics featuring poets Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Nathan Brown, Sabina Jones and Alyia Martinson.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016

Literature

Poetry and Prose at Local Book Store

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.

Event Horizon

Slammin’

Saturday, May 7: OutSpoken Queer Poetry

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
Solastalgia
courtesy of the artist

Culture Shock

Solastalgia

: (n.) The pain experienced when the place where one resides or one loves is under immediate assault

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
The Daily Show

Arts

Inundated with the Arts Section

Immerse Yourself

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

Poetry News

The Province of the Heart

Selected poems for National Poetry Month

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
Jennifer Bartlett
Lawrence Schwartzwald

Poetry News

A Conversation with Jennifer Bartlett

UNM roots figure into poet’s oeuvre

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

Culture Shock

Black in Burque

Burque Noir celebrates black women, their art and activism

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

Event Horizon

Show 'Em Who's Boss

Thursday, Feb 25: Burque Women of the World Fundraiser

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
morguefile.com

Literature

Poetic Saturdays

Horrible Valen-times rhyme

Bad poetry for your valentine.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016

Literature

Former TWA Employee Talks Poetry

A signing event for "Dirt Roads: Poetry and Memoirs"

Barbara Jean Ruther, former corporate speaker for Trans World Airlines (TWA), will be at Page One Books 3pm Sunday, February 21, to talk about and sign her new book of poetry, Dirt Roads: Poetry and Memoirs.

The book touches on life, love and memories.

Ruther was a corporate speaker and writer for Trans World Airlines. She wrote destination travel programs, and gave presentations and seminars to travel groups. She is a poet and has been published in small press publications. She also has written a novel, Saving Snowflakes in My Pocket. Barbara was born in New Mexico, has lived in New York and Chicago, and is now back home, living in Santa Fe.

Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Ruther event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.

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"Saving Snowflakes" book

Poem in Santa Fe New Mexican

V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016
Xandert/ Morguefile

Literature

Poetic Saturdays

Emo Haiku

Hide your heart behind your swoopy bangs.
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016

Barstool Haiku

Clever poetry swimming in your glass.
 

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