FREE 90TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WEEKEND
The KiMo Poetry Party:
A Showcase of Albuquerque’s Celebrated Poets
On Friday evening September 22 at 7:30pm, the KiMo Theatre will host a “poetry party” that will feature a dozen award-winning and competition-winning page and performance poets who make Albuquerque their home. Each poet will select and deliver from stage 10 minutes of their favorite works. Admission is free to the public. Doors open at 7pm.
Participating celebrated poets, in alphabetical order, will include: Lisa Alvarado, Hakim Bellamy, Damien Flores, Manuel Gonzalez, Sarita Sol Gonzales, Jessica Helen Lopez, Don McIver, Mary Oishi, Andrea Serrano, Tanaya Winder, and ZMan Thompson.
Entertainers participating in the Poetry Party will include dancer, Fernando Barrios, and singer/songwriter, Keith Sanchez.
The intention of the Party is to present an ethnically-diverse and age-diverse group of accomplished poets – Hispanics, African Americans, Anglos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans – who speak with different voices from different perspectives about their powerful personal experiences, trials and successes, in the Duke City, New Mexico, and the world.
Jessica Helen Lopez, the City of Albuquerque’s Second Poet Laureate (2014 to 2016) will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Joining Ms. Jessica on stage for a group presentation will be the inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy (2012 to 2014), and the 3rd and current Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Manuel Gonzales (2016-2018). All three published poets have won regional and national Poetry Slam Competitions as champions. All three are active facilitators of youth poetry and creative writing workshops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Established and mature published poets who will participate, with years as prominent leaders of the Albuquerque poetry scene and literary community, will include Don McIver, a long-time host of the KUNM-FM’s The Spoken Word Hour; Mary Oishi, a peace activist and accomplished Asian-American poet; and Damien Flores, a four-time ABQSlams City Champion and adjunct faculty in UNM’s Chicana/Chicano Studies Program.
Andrea Serrano, an Albuquerque native and member of the women’s collective of writers and story-tellers, Hembras de Pluma, will recite poetry based on her powerful experiences as a Chicana artist and activist. Lisa Alvarado, the novelist, poet and founder of La Onda Negra Press, will recite selections of her poetry. The nationally-renowned Native American poet and UNM instructor, Tanaya Winder, will deliver works from her debut poetry collection titled Words Like Love.
The promising and acclaimed teen poets, Zavier (ZMan) Thompson and Sarita Sol Gonzalez, will perform their recent Slam-style creations.
A special treat during the evening’s two segments of poetry will be integrated acoustic guitar music and vocals by Albuquerque singer/songwriter, Keith Sanchez.
The literary works (books and CD’s) of the participating poets will be available for
purchase, and author autographs, after the on-stage live performances.
(Interviews with the MC for the KiMo Poetry Party, Jessica Helen Lopez, can be arranged by calling or texting her cell phone, 505-203-9055.)