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The Poets:
Valerie Martínez’s award-winning books of poetry include Absence, Luminescent; World to World; A Flock of Scarlet Doves; And They Called It Horizon; and This is How It Began. Her book-length poem, Each and Her (winner of the 2012 Arizona Book Award) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the William Carlos William Award and received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 International Latino Book Awards. Her poetry has been widely published in journals, anthologies, and media outlets including The Best American Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Washington Post, and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series. She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe from 2008-2010.


A 2006 National Poetry Slam Champion, and recipient of Westword’s Mastermind Award in Literary Arts for her work as hostess of Café Nuba; Ebony Isis Booth is committed to her work. Since relocating to Albuquerque in early 2015, Isis has continued to fuel her drive toward art-ivism as Programs & Communications Coordinator for Harwood Art Center while simultaneously writing and performing original poetry and prose; heralding social justice, self love, and perseverance in and around New Mexico. In 2016, Ebony will celebrate the launch of Isis Speaks Consulting, specializing in private event planning and design.


Jules Nyquist is the founder of Jules’ Poetry Playhouse, LLC, a place for poetry and play in Albuquerque, NM. Jules teaches creative writing and poetry classes and hosts poetry readings with visiting writers. She took her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, VT. Her two books of poems, Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites (both from Beatlick Press), were finalists for the NM/AZ Book Awards. Jules’ poems have appeared in 5 AM, Salamander, Café Review, Malpais Review, Adobe Walls, A View from the Loft, St. Paul Almanac, Long Islander News, Gray Sparrow, House Organ, Duke City Fix and others. Her website is www.julesnyquist.com


Scott Wiggerman is the author of three volumes of poetry, Leaf & Beak: Sonnets (a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Award), Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the editor of several Dos Gatos Press collections, including Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga, and two volumes of Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, cited by Poet’s Market as one of “six stellar sources” of poetry prompts for writers. For over a decade, he and husband David Meischen have owned and expanded Dos Gatos Press. Thrice-nominated for Pushcart Prizes, Wiggerman is also a frequent poetry-writing workshop leader, including at the monthly Wingbeats series at Albuquerque’s Bookworks, and he leads the Albuquerque chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society. He is also on the planning committee for Haiku North America, happening in Santa Fe in September, 2017.





Katrina K Guarascio resides in New Mexico where she teaches Literature, Language Arts, Media Literacy, and Creative Writing. Along with many small press and e-zine publications, she is the author of two chapbooks of poetry and three book length publications entitled September, the fall of a sparrow, and my verse. Learn more about her and her ongoing projects at katrinakguarascio.com.




Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Rock the Chair, Poetry Pacific, Edge, Border Senses, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. Every day she eats both popcorn and dark chocolate and she currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.


Sarita Sol Gonzalez is a Performance Poet and sixth grader from Albuquerque,
NM. Writing her first poem when she was in second grade, Sarita is one of the youngest writers in the Albuquerque poetry community. Her poetry reflects her love of her community and passion for her culture. She has been published in various anthologies including Kids With Causes: A Poetry Anthology of Youth Voices and Las Palabras: Mothers and Daughters (Swimming With Elephants Publications). Sarita also self-published a chapbook titled Solita: Ancestors, Familia, y Mi Corazon and in 2016 published her second chapbook Burquenita (Swimming With Elephants Publications). Sarita was a featured speaker at Albuquerque TEDxYouth2015, speaking on the role poetry plays in her life and her community. In April of 2016, Sarita had the honor of being asked by the US Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, to perform with him at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.


Carlos Contreras is a Poet, Artist, Human Being, Father, and Community Organizer.

img_0100Tina Carlson is a poet and a psychiatric healthcare provider at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. Her poems have appeared in many journals including bosque(the magazine), Blue Mesa Review, New Mexico Mercury, American Journal of Nursing and her work has been anthologized in The Best of Kore Press and Waving, Not Drowning, among others. She is currently working on a collaborative book with 2 other poets as a response to the election results of 2016.

Her book Ground, Wind, This Body explores the effects of war on family and is forthcoming from UNM Press in 2017.