Calendar of Events

May 2019

May 5, 2019- Barelas Railyards Market Grand Opening

Michelle Otero will be opening up with a poem at the Grand Opening of the beloved Barelas Rail Yards Market at 11AM!

She also is hosting a mandala making and poetry writing session! It is Traditions Day at the market- come out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, great food and wonderful poetry!
For more information check their Facebook event page:

Where: 777 1st st SW ABQ 87102
When: May 5, 2019 10AM- 2PM

May 17, 2019- 3rd Annual ArtStreet Poet’s Cafe

Michelle Otero is a featured reader at the ArtStreet Poet’s Cafe this month. The annual Poet’s Cafe is a free event of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless. This one-evening open mic event is a wonderful opportunity for our ArtStreet poets to be able to share their words and perspectives, and to hear words and perspectives from other community poets.

Spend an evening with ArtStreet artists performing poetry. Experience the written and spoken word created by the artists/writers of ArtStreet. The inaugural café was created to celebrate the release of ArtStreet’s second published book, Synergy: Common Threads to huge success. Over twenty five artists shared their poetry in a tranquil coffeehouse-style environment much more relaxed that our usual art openings. This offered a new opportunity for the artists and the larger community to sit, share food and enjoy spoken word and music. It was received with such enthusiasm – the artists asked if we could make this a yearly gig. And, here we are!

Join us for some poetry reading and some light snacks. Artwork, t-shirts featuring ArtStreet artists, and ArtStreet books will also be available for sale.
More information see website:

When: Friday, May 17, 6-8pm
Where: Harwood Art Center Dining Hall (1114 7th Street)

May 19, 2019- The Beauty of It- Sunday Celebration at Bosque Center for Spiritual Living

Join our Poet Laureate Michelle Otero on the Sunday Celebration Services at Maple Street Dance Space in historic Nob Hill! Maple Street is on the northside of Central Avenue between Wellesley and Bryn Mawr Drives, and between Urban Outfitters and Two Fools Tavern.

Bosque CSL services happen in the back studio. You can enter the front studio through the main entrance on Central Avenue and walk through, or you can enter the back studio directly through the back entrance, which is on the alley behind the building. Just look for the Bosque CSL signs.

Maple Street doesn’t have its own parking lot but there is plenty of street parking available on Central Avenue and nearby side streets on Sunday mornings. There is a small parking lot on the east side of Bryn Mawr Drive, south of Central Avenue, that should have open spaces. See for more information

When: May 19, 2019 10AM
Where: 3215 Central Ave ABQ 87106

May 25, 2019- A Poet’s Picnic: at the Open Space Visitor Center Featuring Megan Baldrige, Dale Harris, Don McIver, Donald Levering, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero, and Scott Wiggerman.

Join us for a day of of art, music, and poetry on the lovely grounds of the Open Space Visitor Center, overlooking 18 acres of farmland, the Rio Grande’s bosque and the Sandia Mountains!

Albuquerque’s calligraphy society Escribiente, the New Mexico Book Arts Guild Libros, the New Mexico State Poetry Society (NMSPS), the Open Space Alliance, and dozens of local poets have come together for this unique art exhibit and day of spoken word poetry.

See for updates on the reading schedule.

Where: Open Space Visitor Center- Albuquerque 6500 Coors Blvd NW
When: May 25, 2019 10AM- 5PM Free admission