Alibi V.19 No.15 • April 15-21, 2010 
Photo of local poet Danny Solis
Photo of local poet Danny Solis


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How to get your poetry fix in Albuquerque

Here’s a sampling of what Burque offers the verse-addicted. For special events, see our Arts Calendar. Did we miss out on something? Get in on the discussion at and let everyone know.

Regular Readings

A quarterly reading and performance that ties into 516 ARTS' concurrent exhibit.
The Treehouse
The usually monthly reading presents an hour-long open mic as a run up to a featured poet.
516 ARTS, 516 Central SW

Acequia Booksellers
Billing itseslf as the expert in "fine books and ephemera," Acequia hosts a reading series that has featured such poets as V.B. Price and Arthur Sze.
4019 Fourth Street NW

Church of Beethoven
Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Classical music and poetry from some of Albuquerque's brightest.
The Kosmos, 1715 Fifth Street NW

Duende Poetry Series
The reading at Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas brings poets and winos together four times a year in an unmatched setting.

Poetry and Acoustic Instrument Open Mic Night
Black Market Goods keeps expanding opportunities for dangerous self-expression with this occasional series.
112 Morningside NE

Poetry and Beer
A gathering on the first Wednesday of every month for those who love slam poetry and beer, which is about half of Albuquerque.
Blackbird Buvette, 509 Central NW
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Wordstream Reading Series
This “mostly” quarterly series presents some of the biggest names in New Mexican poetry.
Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh Street NW


Blue Mesa Review
An annual literary journal put out by UNM’s creative writing department.

La Alameda Press
Self-described "micro-press" that's published works by such local poets as Lisa Gill and Gary "Mex" Glazner.

UNM Press
Since 1929, the press has featured works on Southwestern culture and history. Poets include Paula Gunn Allen, Luci Tapahonso, V.B. Price and Levi Romero.

West End Press
Focuses on publishing many first books, especially from women and marginalized communities. Recent releases include books by Sasha Pimentel Chacón (see page 19 for a review) and the late Maisha Baton.


Every week on, TheDitchRider posts “The Sunday Poem” by a different local poet. The comments are often at least as interesting as the work.