Fresh Poetry News from Andrea Serrano

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

Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido featuring Cathy Arellano and Ara Cruz

Hosted by Andrea Serrano, Speak, Poet is a venue for poets and spoken word artists to share their work, create community and be inspired. If you’re a mic-veterana/o or a newbie, please come through and bless us with your words!Open mic plus DJ Chachi on the 1’s and 2’s.

This month’s INAUGURAL SESSION’S featured poets are Ara Cruz of Denver, Colorado and Cathy Arellano, a Mission District native on loan to Burque!

$5 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Open mic space is LIMITED, please sign up early! Also, check out the wonderful merchandise at El Chante (and bring cash in case something catches your eye).

This event takes place on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 pm at

(southwest corner of Central and 8th St. at the round-about)
About the featured poets:

A little bit about Ara Cruz:

Born and raised in Denver, Ara Cruz is a Xicano/Indigenous (Mexica/Tiwa) spoken word artist, educator, and organizer who finds himself standing on the shoulders of those women and men who have struggled to maintain traditions and dignity. With this strong sense of responsibility, he tries to walk in a good way every day in order to better his community. Ara graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (emphasis in Chicana/o and American Indian Studies), and he now works with youth in Denver as an educator, advocate, and presenter. Ara published his book of poetry entitled A Journey in Red and Black Ink in 2008 and recently released a spoken word album by the same title. Books and CD’s will be available for purchase!

A little bit about Cathy Arellano:

“I’m a Mission district native who writes poems and stories about growing up brown, coming out queer, and living as true as I can which is kinda crooked. I have one chapbook tentatively titled Salvation on 24th Street under construction; another (I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me) is full of broken-hearted lesbian love poems. I have pieces published in many different anthologies and journals. Before moving to Albuquerque, I taught creative writing to youth in various schools and community organizations. Currently, I teach at Central New Mexico Community College. When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m working on finding publishers for my manuscripts.”:

A little bit about Andrea Serrano:

Andrea Serrano is a mild-mannered Community Educator by day and a poet-loka by night. She enjoys hip hop, long walks on (Tingley) Beach and fountain sodas.


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

with thanks,

Rich B