And Looking Ahead


Wednesday April 25th 7:00 pm at the Projects
This is when we will launch a performance studies group. Don McIver, the Co-Artistic Director for Local Poets Guild will be leading this sequence of classes and workshops which will help poets prepare for the stage from the reading to the full solo show. More info forthcoming.
Saturday April 28th at 4pm at 516 ARTS
516 Words at 516 ARTS, the museum style gallery on Central downtown, will feature four poets in “Can Poetry Work for New Mexico: Judge for Yourself.”  Lisa Gill will host and lead four dedicated poets with “real” day jobs  in readings and discussion of how work informs poetry, how poetry can work for the community, and their views of poetry and craft. Features Raymond Zachary Ortiz, District Court Judge; William O’Neill, State Representative; Beata Tsosie-Pena, Environmental Activist; and Erin Northern, kindergarten teacher and GLBT activist. For more information see

Friday, May 11, 7:30pm at the Outpost Performance Space 210 Yale SE

 $15/10 members/students

This kick-off event for the Write Disability will showcase poets from Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, all of whom have some kind of a “disability.”  Featuring Mary McGinnis, Denise Leto, Natalie Illum, Kenny Fries, and Lisa Gill, Friday will be a night of unique perspectives and a celebration of the newly released Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, from Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, which has been named one of ALA’s Notable Books of 2012. This show is the kick-off event for (L)INK: THE WRITE DISABILITY which will continue discussions with the authors downtown Saturday, May 12th. More info forthcoming.

Sunday Readings Twice Each Month
We also run a poetics reading and discussion group on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from noon to 2pm at the community room for Silver Gardens Apartments. Three essays on poetry are read out loud and discussed each session. For more info or to RSVP contact Lisa Gill at nearartexperience at Yahoo dot com.
Open Mic Every Week
And don’t forget East of Edith every Monday night at 7 pm at the projects–always with a feature and a rotating cast of hosts…
Thanks everyone….  this is a tremendous and rich literary community with much to celebrate.
Happy writing!
lisa gill