Fresh Poetry News from Richard Vargas –

Courtesy of Albuquerque poet Richard Vargas, we thought you all should know about this upcoming event; it sounds wonderful and we encourage people to come check it out:

Carmen Giménez Smith Reads Poetry From

Odalisque in Pieces

Sunday, June 12, 2-3 PM

May 23, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – Alamosa Books welcomes Carmen Giménez Smith, asst. professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University, the publisher of Noemi Press, and editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol. She will be reading poetry from her collection Odalisque in Pieces and her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds. (This is only her second reading in Albuquerque.)

Giménez Smith’s work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity, and frequently references myth and memory. Wolf Schneider, writing in New Mexico Magazine, described Giménez Smith’s poetry as “waves of free verse, incantation and song.” With the publication of Odalisque in Pieces,Giménez Smith was featured as a New American Poet on the Poetry Society of America’s website. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Floricanto Si! U.S. Latina Poets (1998) and Contextos: Poemas (1994).


“Odalisque in Pieces renews our sense of what a collection can do. This is a poet of mystery, power, and also ancient wisdom: ‘Moths are often still. / Give me a moth and a thread of black silk, / and I’ll show you history.’ Carmen Giménez Smith brings us news both of this world, and the one before it.” –Laura Kasischke, author of Lilies Without

Carmen Giménez Smith elevates the motherhood memoir to pure poetry. Who are we, beyond somebody’s mother and somebody’s daughter? Bring Down the Little Birds dives into all the rich and irritating questions with heart, guts, and humor.” –Ariel Gore, author of Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness and founder of Hip Mama

Where does this take place?

Alamosa Books

8810 Holly Ave NE

Ste D

Albuquerque, NM 87122


(located in same shopping center with Trader Joe’s,

at the far end of the parking lot, next to Saxbys Coffee.)

I hope this gets the word out in time to fill up some chairs!

with thanks,

Rich B