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516 WORDS Poetry Event This Saturday, November 15

November 12, 2008

Priscilla Baca y Candelaria • Idris Goodwin • Christian Orellana • Margaret Randall

Saturday, November 15, 7pm

AT 516 Arts, 516 Central Ave. Albuquerque NM

In conjunction with the exhibition Speak Out • Art, Design & Politics

Priscilla Baca y Candelaria is a native of Atrisco in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Her work has been published in many anthologies and she recently performed with Concepto Tambor at Solar Fest in Taos. She has published several chapbooks and three CDs which include music by Christian Orellana.

Idris Goodwin is an award winning Hip Hop playwright, break beat poet, recording artist and teacher. He has received grants from the NEA and the Ford Foundation to further his exploration of Hip Hop aesthetics in theater. He frequently teaches and lectures at institutions across the country on the themes of arts, culture and activism.

Christian Orellana is a self-taught percussionist who was born in Peru and raised in San Francisco. He was a member of the band Red Earth for six years and started Concepto Tambor in 2000. As a member of Concepto Tambor, he has shared the stage with Lila Downs, War, Los Moscosos and Bunju Benton. He and poet Priscilla Baca y Candelaria collaborate on performances combining poetry and music.

Margaret Randall grew up in New Mexico. She was in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua) from 1961 to 1984; when she returned, the United States government judged opinions in several of her books to be subversive and she was forced to wage a battle with Immigration to be able to stay in the land of her birth. She is the author of more than 80 books.

516 WORDS is an ongoing literary arts series presented in partnership with the UNM M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. This series was founded by Lisa Gill and she is the current co-coordinator with Richard Vargas.

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