Free poetry evenings set to begin at South Broadway

July 5th, 2014 at 3:18 pm by under Latest Posts

The beautiful South Broadway Cultural Center is New Mexico’s newest and most surprising poetry venue. Beginning on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. the center will host SOUTH BROADWAY POETRY each month with featured poets and open mic readings.

The new series is the brainchild of local poet and educator, Bill Nevins, UNM Valencia Campus instructor and a well-known figure in New Mexico’s poetry scene.

The inaugural event features New Mexico poet-educator-publisher Katrina Guarascio and El Paso’s legendary poet-publisher Bobby Byrd. Katrina Guarascio teaches high school English and is an active member of the poetry community. She produces a monthly poetry performance in Rio Rancho, The Second Saturday Slam, and is the editor-in-chief of the small press, Swimming with Elephants Publications. She also manages the website for a local women’s writing collective, La Palabra, and brings poetry to other youth by sponsoring the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community. Albuquerque Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez says of Guarascio, “(Her) voice is both coquettish and ardently feministic, subtly balancing the quiet internal dialogue of contemplation and the tangible word of concrete imagery.”

Interim SBCC manager Craig Rivera said of the monthly events, “South Broadway Cultural Center’s staff is excited to help bring a wide variety of great poetry to Albuquerque poetry lovers and those who may discover a newfound interest in the genre. We hope to build a strong audience that will make South Broadway Poetry a fixture in the community.”

Bobby Byrd grew up in Memphis, Tennessee during the Golden Age of that city’s music scene. In 1963 he left Tennessee to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, and has lived in the Southwest since that time. He and his wife, novelist Lee Merrill Byrd, moved to El Paso in 1978. Byrd is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the NEA, a D.H. Lawrence fellowship, and an international fellowship to study in Mexico. He is one of the most accessible poets writing today, with work that is compassionate, tender and joyful. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Pomegranates, Get Some Fuses for the House, On the Transmigration of Souls in El Paso, The Price of Doing Business in Mexico, White Panties, Dead Friends & Other Bits & Pieces of Love, and his most recent, Otherwise My Life is Ordinary. The Byrds are publisher and owners of Cinco Puntos Press. In 2005 they received the Lannan Fellowship for Cultural Freedom.

Organizer Bill Nevins has taught Creative Writing and English Composition courses for UNM VC since 2008. He taught previously at CNM and at colleges in Pennsylvania and New England, A graduate of Iona College, Bill did graduate work at UConn, UC Berkeley, Naropa University and UNM, where he published a scholarly study of post-colonial writing. Bill is President of UNM’s AAUP chapter. His poems appear in Malpais Review, New Orleans Maple Leaf Ragand other magazines, and he is profiled in the documentary feature film, Committing Poetry, available via NetFlix. Bill’s written film scripts, including the prize-winning short satire, BBBB–Where Nobody Knows Your Real Name.

Open mic sign up begins at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and all ages are invited.

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