Calendar of Events

March 2019

March 22 2019-What Is It, Then, Between Us? Poetry & Democracy
Taking place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Salón Ortega; 6:30 pm. A partnership between the NHCC, Letras Latinas (Notre Dame) and the Academy of American Poets Poetry Coalition, this reading and book signing connects poetry with the concept of democracy and features Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero. For more information, please visit:

March 30, 2019- Albuquerque Women Write! An Off-Off-Site Event!
An off-site literary event to take place during the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) event in Portland. Our local event will feature four women writers from Albuquerque reading their work at Red Door Brewing in downtown Albuquerque, 1,361 miles from the AWP conference site. This event will feature our Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero including Nora Hickey, Jenn Krohn, and Jennifer Schaller, who are all graduates of the University of New Mexico’s MFA program. Must be 21 to attend the event. For more information:

When: Saturday March 30, 2019 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Red Door Brewing Company (400 Gold Ave, SW, Suite 105) 

April 2019

April 2, 2019- Take Back the Night with Casa Fortaleza and The Asian Family Center
Take Back the Night is the first worldwide effort to combat sexual violence and violence against women. Hosted by Casa Fortaleza and the New Mexican Asian Family Center, the Meet and Greet will begin this event with different organizations tabling with important information and a Pre-Rally- then we will march to Kelly’s Brew Pub where Poet Laureate Michelle Otero will perform. Survivors will speak, sharing powerful stories and music and dancers will accompany this event.

Where: New Mexican Asian Family Center (115 Montclaire Dr Se Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108) and Kelly’s Brew Pub (3222 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106)
When: April 2, 2019 6 PM to 8 PM

April 10, 2019- Mayor Tim Keller’s Volunteer Day of Recognition
Michelle Otero will perform as outstanding members of our community are recognized. Mayor Keller invites you to celebrate all of the outstanding volunteers we have in the City of Albuquerque. To attend, registration is required:

Where: Albuquerque Convention Center (401 2nd St. NW ABQ NM 87102)
When: April 10, 2019 12 PM- 1:30 PM

April 11, 2019 Walking with Poets
Walking with Poets is a series of walks hosted by local poets highlighting the work of poets we love.

Liza Wolff-Francis hosts our walk and is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. 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 Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, the Telepoem project, 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. She loves breakfast food, eats both popcorn and dark chocolate every day and currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

More Details
Please be prepared with clothes layers, water bottle, boots for walking where it might be muddy, and a notebook/pen/pencil for writing. Please wear comfortable walking shoes (no sandals or open-toed shoes) and bring a journal or notebook for writing. You may also bring a hat, insect repellent, water, and an umbrella, if desired.

Where: The trail on the NW- Central and Tingley- next to Bio Park..
When: Thursday April 11 6-8 PM