Verso Scoop

Check out who’s gonna be performing poems and discussing craft at Verso Quatro next Wednesday May 25th at 7:00 pm at the Projects (3614 High Street NE).

Spirit Birds They Told Me, Mary Oishi‘s first collection of poetry, was published this year by West End Press, although she has been publishing and performing poetry most of her life. Since coming to Albuquerque in 1999, Oishi produced numerous poetry events, including Some of My Best Friends Are Poets, Q-Words, and WomanWords. She has produced several art-as-protest events as well: including Peace Buzz and Mightier Than the Sword: Writers Address the Nuclear Age. She works for KUNM-FM public radio, and served as adjunct faculty for UNM Valencia.

A slam poet, published author, and award-winning teacher, Joaquín Zihuatanejo has been called by critics, “one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks….”  An HBO Def Poet and Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín has shared a stage with Saul Williams, Billy Collins, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou among others.

Jessica Helen Lopez is a three time member of the City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion Winning UNM Lobo Slam Team.  She has been the Poet-In-Residence in several New Mexico High Schools and continues her work in the classroom.  Mother to a vivacious nine year-old daughter,  Lopez is a member of the Macondo Foundation. She currently works as the poetry intern at UNM’s literary magazine, Blue Mesa Review.  Her first collection of poetry entitled, “Always Messing With Them Boys” has just been pulished through West End Press.

Seth Walker is Houston’s premiere spoken word artist. In 2007, Seth Walker entered the Houston poetry scene like thunder, taking 1st place in the Houston Grand Slam. He was ranked as the top Slam Poet in Houston 2007. That same year, while on the Houston Slam Team, Seth placed 2nd overall in Texas at the Texas Blue Bonnet Competition. In November of 2007, Seth left Houston to travel and perform across the country full-time. Born August 1st, 1984 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Seth’s early life’s progress was measured in overflowing notebooks and a drive for excellence in education.  “As the sun of a preacher man, he was born to shine” but it was his mother’s voice and stage presence that later inspired him to take to the stage.