hakim bellamy

V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016

Event Horizon

Get Learnt

Friday, Oct 28: TEDxABQ Women

Influential women share their expertise on topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015

Event Horizon

Night Lights

Thursday, Dec 17: Resolana Luz: Light from Darkness

A program of poetry and music presented in response to the many recent troubles, losses and violence around the world.
V.24 No.45 | 11/5/2015
Aaron Gonzalez
Wes Naman

Culture Shock

What the Camera Reveals

Photographer Wes Naman explores New Mexico's identity through portraiture

A small crew of photographers and writers strive to capture the spirit of New Mexico through the distinct stories and faces of the people who have made their homes here.
V.24 No.35 | 08/27/2015

Alibi Picks

High Altitude Art

Chatter at The Acropolis

The Chatter Ensemble performs three works on the rooftop of the Acropolis Parking Structure.
V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013
Voces students line up to share their Twitter handles on the Twitter wall
Courtesy of @Voces2013

Art Magnified

Rhyme and Reason

Urban Verbs trio transforms Voces

Burque youth find their writing and speaking voices at the Voces Institute.
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V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012

Alibi Picks

Pints 'n' Poems

The late, great bard Brendan Behan was quick-witted when it came to his passions. He quipped that rather than being a writer with a drinking problem, he was a "drinker with a writing problem." If you're a writer, or have spent any time around writers, that sentiment probably strikes a familiar chord. You're not alone. Local slam hero Carlos Contreras is starting a series of spoken word events called I'll Drink to That. The inaugural show takes place at Nexus Brewery (4730 Pan American NE) today from 4 to 6 p.m. and boasts an impressive lineup, including Contreras and newly named Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. Like poetry but not beer? Good. Everyone loves a designated driver.

V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Wes Naman


Best of Burque favorite Hakim Bellamy named Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate

Fresh off his third straight Best Poet win in the Alibi’s Best of Burque poll, Hakim Bellamy is now the very first Poet Laureate in the history of Albuquerque. Not too shabby!

In today’s announcement, committee organizer and poetry advocate Don McIver describes the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program as honoring a word artist who “makes meaningful connections, honors and serves our diverse community, elevates the importance of the art form, and shares poetry with Albuquerque residents.” Yup. Bellamy hits all the right check marks.

Find out more about Bellamy’s many projects and the new laureate program at abqpoetlaureate.org.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011

Alibi Picks

Super Poets

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's a bunch of poets in superhero costumes! But seriously, what better way to kick off the Halloween weekend than dressing up as your favorite masked man and listening to the Silver Surfer wax poetic? You may be in for just that if you attend 516 Arts’ Superheroes Poetry Contest Awards Show tonight at 7 p.m. (516 Central SW). In conjunction with the Superheroes: Icons of Good, Evil & Everything in Between show on display through January, 516 Arts staged a poetry contest and is now unveiling its five winners. The evening will be highlighted by feature poet and comic book enthusiast Gary Jackson. Local legend Hakim Bellamy will host and Nora Hickey, Nick DePascal and Bonnie Altamirano will also perform. The event is free and all attendees are encouraged to costume it up. You should go. Attending a poetry reading will make you feel a lot better about your place in society when you're puking black and orange Jell-O shots out of your nose at 3 a.m. Here is one of the winning poems by Gary Glasgow (after the jump):


He flies! And runs with speed no mortal can.

Unloved, because he’s strange and not from Earth

Regrets he, that he’s not of human klan

And can n’er return to the planet of his birth.

His paunch belies the strength within him still

His craggy face reflects the years of toil

A seventy year exercise of his will

An alien seeking justice on our soil.

No thanks received, no treasures offered up

The Planet’s laid him off, no sad goodbyes

Now waiting for the Greyhound bus to stop

No Lois here, no Jimmy. No surprise.

The victories of Youth have well been told

Our heroes, hopes and dreams have gotten old.

V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
DJ Diles


Urban Verbs

An autobiographical hip-hop intersection of Hip-Hop and humanity in five acts

Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras, DJ Diles and Idris Goodwin: heavy hitters from the arts and music scene with many fingers in many pies at all times. Their newest confection, Urban Verbs, is a video, audio and physical performance piece that is dialogued entirely in poetic verse. Bellamy and Contreras play characters and interact, weaving over and under live electronic DJing from Diles—and under the sharp direction of Goodwin. The actor/creators call Urban Verbs an alternative to the brainless, heartless hip-hop of violence and exclusion. The Friday show also has live art creation, an auction and a DJ. Saturday’s show has a keg and musical guests BrokenBreadWinner.

These are bitty bios of the performers:

Hakim Bellamy – two time national champion slam poet, father, rapper, political journalist, community advocate and organizer.

Diles – Professionally certified, passionately motivated sound engineer, producer, beat junkie, rapper, and all around chemist of sound.

Carlos Contreras – Two time national champion slam poet, educator, artist, community organizer and activist, host of the NHCC’s Voces program.

V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Lisa Gill
Gina Marselle

Poetry News

Spread the Words

April is National Poetry Month

Some people hear the word “poetry” and flash back to that grueling week in middle school whern they were forced to dissect and memorize Carl Sandburg’s “Fog.” If that’s you, this month offers a good excuse to reassess: We’re in the first few of a whole 30 days devoted to imaginative, rhythmic, lyrical expression.

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V.19 No.52 | 12/30/2010
A trapeze artist hangs around at The Kosmos during the CocoRosie after-party.
Champagne Constance Fienstien

Year in Review: Music

Musical Memories

Community members share their best music moments of 2010

When I asked a cross section of music-minded locals for their thoughts on the best moments of 2010, I expected more comments like “The new Arcade Fire album.” Silly me. What I got was a nice reminder that our city is host and home to a lot of amazing music and that experiencing it live is both powerfully communal and profoundly personal. These are some choice examples.

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V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010
Amiri Baraka

Music to Your Ears

Diction and Contra Diction

For a country defined by freedom of speech, America can be alarmingly intolerant when people express themselves. Amiri Baraka knows this firsthand. Over half a century, the award-winning poet, playwright, music critic, political activist and Black Arts Movement founder has stirred controversy and incited criticism for his work. In 2002, for instance, Baraka was named poet laureate of New Jersey and published the poem "Somebody Blew Up America." The poem deals with 9/11, racism and classism. The first stanza, with preface, reads:

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Zack Freeman


Seis Balas: The Solo Sets

Tonight, six New Mexico musicians join forces to create a showcase of solo work. See the indie blues of Alex Maryol, the performance poetry of Hakim Bellamy, the electro-folk of Todd Eric Lovato, the loop station beatboxing of Zack Freeman, the indie folk of Cali Soberanes and the singing/songwriting of Leah Black. The show happens at REVLIS (712 Central), and admission to the all-ages event is $5.