Archive for the ‘Past Events’ Category

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Visiting Poet: Andrew Zawacki

March 29, 2010
--Jennifer Simpson

OK, I’ll admit it:  I didn’t know Andrew Zawacki from Adam (disclaimer: I’m not a poet) before Friday evening when he gave a reading to small but most appreciative gathering of literature lovers at UNM.

Zawacki’s poetry is linguistically playful and sophisticated, and a joy to listen to.  If you missed the event, here’s a video from a reading he gave at the University of Richmond:

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February DimeStories Audio uploaded!

February 26, 2010

This Could be YOU

Our first DimeStories event was a success–  over 20 people, from
CNM, UNM, ABQ and even Belen!  Thanks to everyone who came, and most of all for sharing their awesome 3 minute stories.

The selected “best of” the evening included two of UNM’s own… Annarose Fitzgerald, who although she is not IN the MFA program (I call her a lit geek) she is a darn good writer.  MFA Candidate, fiction writer David Rubalcava also ranked “best of” with a piece that is untitled.

As curator, I added an honorable mention shout out to MFAer Dawn Sperber and undergraduate Randi Beck.  Two more awesome writers in our creative writing family.

To listen to the top 3 selected, head on over to the DimeStories website.

And put the next event on your calendar:

Thursday, March 18, 2010.  7 pm.

At The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave. SE (1 mile south of Central)

or the next, or the next…  we’re doing this every THIRD Thursday!

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Seeds: the Spirit of Women Writers

February 26, 2010

A featured event in the Women and Creativity series

6 p.m. March 11 at National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW, Salon Ortega

Join us for an invigorating evening of readings from women writers featuring:

poet Kathleen Driskell, whose collection of poems, “Seed Across Snow,” was on the Poetry Foundation’s best seller list twice in 2009;

Lisa Lenard-Cook, author of “Dissonance” and “Coyote Morning,” as well as “The Mind of Your Story;”

Carolyn Flynn, award-winning literary fiction and creative nonfiction writer, as well as author of numerous books and editor of the Albuquerque Journal’s SAGE magazine; and

Roma Arellano, writer, artist and co-founder of the writing and art community blog, redRavine.com.

With intro and reading by Valerie Martinez, Santa Fe poet laureate and organizer of Women and Creativity.

Driskell is associate director of Spalding University’s MFA in creative writing program in Louisville, Kentucky, and Flynn is an MFA candidate in fiction and creative nonfiction at Spalding, which features a brief residency abroad. The program promotes the synergy between the arts as a way of invigorating one’s writing.

Arellano, a native New Mexican, creates art inspired by traditional Hispanic folk art, which will be available at the event. Her art is sold on etsy.com and featured frequently on redRavine.com.

The theme of the evening will be the interrelatedness of the arts — other forms of art as inspiration for writing. Lenard-Cook, for instance, used a lot of music images in “Dissonance” and finds inspiration for her novels in music.

ADMISSION: Free

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: Spalding University MFA in creative writing program; redRavine.com.

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Tanaya at Church

February 16, 2010

At the January 31 Church of Beethoven, poet (and fellow grad student)Tanaya Winder read three pieces.  In addition to listening to her poetry, I enjoy hearing Tanaya talk about her own work….

When Tanaya talks about the doctors and the MRIs…  that will become like the dishes, I think of my sister, who has breast cancer.   She’s fine, but I’ve been fascinated how her chemo appointments (going on 6 years now) are like the dishes. It is such a part of her routine….

Tanaya’s second poem is a nice lighter touch after such a heavy poem…

but her third and final poem she wrote, with inspiration from the music that was scheduled to play that day:

AND if you want to take a listen to the music that inspired Tanaya’s work, check out this video:

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Lena Todd Award Winners

February 16, 2010

Join us to celebrate the winners of the Lena M. Todd Endowed Memorial Award, an annual award to students (undergrads) doing the best work in creative writing.

Friday, February 19 at 7 PM
at RB Winnings (on Harvard just south of Central)

FICTION: 1st–Randi Beck, 2nd–Madeleine Coen
POETRY: 1st–Elizabeth Rapf; 2nd–Hunter Lazier
NONFICTION: 1st–Victoria Brooke Rodrigues; 2nd–Lauren Weber

I am constantly amazed by the quality of writing coming out of UNM’s undergrad program so I’m sure I will be amazed once again.  Come on down to Winnings, and be amazed too!

Come early for coffee….

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A Dime for Your Stories

February 16, 2010

The title is not original… I’ve used it before, but it is late and I am tired.

I will be co-hosting a monthly open mic for PROSE.

The event is Duke City DimeStories, a chapter of the DimeStories event that was started in San Diego by my friend, novelist Amy Wallen.

She asked me a long long time ago if I wanted to start a DimeStories even here in Albuquerque, and I’ve finally found the right mix of people (or better said, one person- Merimee Moffit, a poet and closet prose writer, and teacher at CNM- with connections) to make it happen.

The format is simple.  Participants (writers) have three minutes, maximum.  I’ve found it is a great way to edit your work, forcing you to think about every word.  It’s also great for the audience…  if the piece is not good, wait three minutes and it will be over!

Our premier event will be held:

7 pm February 18 (sign ups start at 6:45pm)

at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE (one mile south of Central)

Cost:  by donation

We’ll have tea and coffee and water and munchies.

This event is partially sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association.

Best stories of the night will be posted on the website!  and could be optioned for inclusion on the radio program that is in development.

Let your (prose) voice be heard!  If you can’t make this first event, don’t worry–  we’ll be hosting this monthly. Every third Thursday.

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Marge Piercy To Give Reading at UNM

May 15, 2009

Poet/Author Marge Piercy

May 21st at Noon
Domenici Building, Room 2012 on the UNM HSC North Campus.
Everyone is welcome.
Ms. Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; seventeen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and most recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.
A popular speaker on college campuses, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Terri Gross’ Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Oprah & Friends. Praised as one of the few American writers who are accomplished poets as well as novelists – Piercy is one of our country’s best selling poets – she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction (for which she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom), novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectured and/or performed her work at well over 400 universities around the world.
“Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.” -The Boston Globe

Thursday, May 21st at 12:00 Noon

Domenici Building, Room 2012
UNM HSC North Campus.

Everyone is welcome.

Ms. Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers; the National Bestsellers Braided Lives and The Longings of Women and the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; seventeen volumes of poetry, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats.

Born in center city Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women’s movement, and most recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.

A popular speaker on college campuses, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Terri Gross’ Fresh Air, the Today Show, and many radio programs nationwide including Oprah & Friends. Praised as one of the few American writers who are accomplished poets as well as novelists – Piercy is one of our country’s best selling poets – she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction (for which she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom), novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectured and/or performed her work at well over 400 universities around the world.

“Marge Piercy is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence.” -The Boston Globe

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