Does Poetry Matter–Carlos Contreras

Poetry in Burque is important in a number of different ways. I came into the Slam Poetry scene at 17, in 2001, it was largely adult dominated. In fact, at that time, I was 1 of a few under 21 participants. Now, ten years later, we are a scene that ranges in age from 13-70 give or take. Poetry in this city matters, because, it has showin people young and old, that we can find a common ground – that we share a similar language, passion, desire, and that we can work together within those things. Poetry in Albuquerque is an amazing thing to witness. Sure, when we think performance and stage… we think LA, we think NY, but now, when people mention peformance poetry at the NATIONAL level, they HAVE to think NEW MEX!!! In the last 5 years, we have sent 5 teams to finals stages, of youth, college and professional tournaments – our adult team has finished in the top 10, 3 times in the last 5 years – Poetry matters because poets in this city, are making it matter – and young peoples lives’ are being saved as a product of that work!

~Carlos Contreras