Hi there! Two more of my pieces appeared in the in the winter 2015 edition of Catching Calliope, a Swimming with Elephants Production. The poems are Be Gentle and Listening. This anthology really has some incredible work in it — fiction and memoir as well as poetry. All the authors are Albuquerque writers and many are quite young. After reading 4-5 pieces I have to put the book down and spend a few days letting them sink in!
Hi! The Women of the World Poetry Slam 2015 is over. There were hundreds of the best female and female-identified poets in the country in Albuquerque this week, and I feel honored to have been in workshops, audiences and on stage with some of them! Not only that, Albuquerque’s own Mercedez Holtry tied for third place in the finals!
Saturday’s Local Poets Showcase was one of the event’s highlights for me. Thanks to everyone who attended, and for those who didn’t make it, here is the audio of my performance!
Hi! Happy after-Thanksgiving! Many people don’t know that before I was a poet, I was a musician, composer and singer-songwriter. I feel increasingly moved to get back into music, and am making a second attempt (first was in spring of 2012) to start up a new a capella group. How fun is that?? So I need you — or your help!
Do you (or someone you know) love to sing? Seen every episode of The Sing Off? Love love LOVE Pentatonix? Into R&B, current and classic jams, and good pop of all kinds? Live in Albuquerque? This is your chance! Contact me if interested! All gender and gender identities are welcome, and all ages 18 or older. Please see the attached flyer and spread the word!
Hi! It’s been a while, so I wanted to let you know I posted a couple new photos to my site! Also, if you’re looking for an excellent gift for a literary loved one (or yourself!) consider buying the spring edition of Catching Calliope, which includes some of my work as well as some unbelievable poems from fellow Albuquerque poets. I am truly in awe to be included in the company of such r/evolutionaries!
Happy Thanksgiving! And please consider joining me and taking a stand to co-create a world that truly values and honors family, rest, abundance, reflection and connection — and don’t shop on Black Friday!
For nearly two years, I’ve had the privilege of participating, competing, and winning in the Albuquerque slam poetry scene. I’ve learned a lot and met many talented, delightful people. I’ve contributed a new voice and perspective. Over the last few months, however, I’ve felt slightly disillusioned with the atmosphere. I’ve wondered if it was me, the audience, or the behind-the-scenes aspects of Albuquerque slam. But in the last two weeks, I’ve observed behaviors and had experiences that have pushed my mild sense of something’s-not-quite-right into anger and sadness. I’ve realized that a handful of those who run the behind-the-scenes aspects aren’t aligned with my values and vision for what poetry, artistry and community are about.
I have therefore decided, for the time being, to withdraw my participation in the Albuquerque slam poetry scene. I will continue to write, perform, collaborate and hopefully publish – in the Albuquerque area and beyond – but will be more mindful of ensuring my poetry activities take place with fellow artists, and in settings, that truly support and embody integrity, respect, justice, inclusion, community, clarity, responsibility, accountability and excellence. I think my last slam – where the audience and I were inspired by my performance, I was the only woman in the final round, I placed second over one of Albuquerque’s top performance poets, and I missed first place (which went to a veteran poetry slam team member and city champion ) by .1 point – is an excellent note on which to end for now.
Some may view this somewhat formal statement as unnecessary, overly dramatic, or politically unwise. But feigning indifference about matters I care about, staying silent to stay in the good graces of people with positional power, or failing to act when action is called for is also not in alignment with my values or my vision for the world. Not taking a stand is to be complicit, and failing to voice one’s stance so others can hear it maintains the status quo many of us artists are committed to changing. To speak of change, indignity and injustice on stage, and then to live otherwise off stage is to perpetuate the problems we rail against, dilute the precious power of spoken word, and dishonor our truths. It is to be cynics, hypocrites and victims. I am none of these.
I encourage you to likewise take a stand for what you care about and commit to living in fierce integrity with your values and goals. I heartily thank you for your enthusiasm for my work and your ongoing support. And, I look forward to continue evolving as a writer and artist – my best work is yet to come!
Hi there poetry peeps! Much to my surprise and delight, two of my pieces are appearing in the spring edition of Catching Calliope, a Swimming with Elephants Production. The poems are Love Cage and Spring…
Meanwhile, I’ll be slamming at both Más and Final Friday this month — check the schedule in the sidebar to the right for details…
It was a great show last Friday — all the seasoned pros and newbies alike brought their best game, had fun, and supported each other loudly and generously! I made it to the third round and came in 4th place overall, and also got some enthusiastic responses from audience members and helpful feedback from coaches. Thanks to everyone who came out (and to those who cheered from a distance!) and felicidades to the winner, the consistently amazing Jessica Helen Lopez who will rep ‘Burque at the national WOW slam in Austin next March! Click here to see some photos of the event!
Oh my! My goal tonight was to not get cut in the first round (of four). Not only did I not get cut in the first round, I came in 6th out of 10. I advanced to the second round and placed 3rd out of 7! Then I went on to the third round and came in 4th of 5! Does that mean I’m #4 in the city? Wow! It was a great night, everyone was on their game, and the crowd had fabulous energy. Damien Flores got the title (felicidades!) followed by Zachary Kluckman and Mercedes Holtry. I’m just stoked to have been included on the stage with some of the poets I most admire in this super-talented city. Today was a good day — buenas noches Burque! 🙂
Hi! Happy Friday the 13th! Much to my surprise, I made the finals for the Albuquerque city slam championship and the chance to complete for a spot in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA!
Come out and root for me and my other fabulous competitors next Saturday, September 21, at ArtBar in downtown Albuquerque (Gold & 2nd). Doors open at 6:30 and admission is $7 ($2 for club members, and under 21s permitted with parent or guardian).
This city’s slam poetry talent is super sick. Sacrifice poets are local poetry giants Jessica Helen Lopez and David Maile, and event is hosted by the eminent Don McIver. I share the competition stage with ridiculous poets like Sara Roman and Jesus Lucero — also local slam champs Brooke von Blomberg, Mercedez Holtry, Rich Boucher, Damien Flores, Zachary Kluckman, Emily Bjustrom, and Gigi Bella!
Not too bad for someone who’s only been slamming for a few months! 🙂
See you there!