Upcoming Events 2019

October 2019 Events

516 ARTS and partners present Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition and series of regional public programs responding to the global biological crisis.

Join artists Francesca Searer, Nani Chacon, Erin De Rosa, Jessica Chao, and Haley Greenfeather English for a tour of Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge Field Murals, followed by a poetry walk through the Bosque with Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero and Amaris Ketcham, who has done a poetic inventory analogous to a “scientific inventory” of the Rio Grande’s biodiversity. V. B. Prices says, “Ketcham’s poems, like wild landscapes and cities, are to be experienced as one would blaze a trail, keeping track of scat and paw prints and herbs and hobos, noting each leaving of identity and imagination.”

The tour departs the Refuge parking lot at 2 pm to caravan through the fields and then participants can park by the Bosque for the poetry walk to the river.

When: October 19, 2019 2pm-4pm
Where: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM

Event info: 505-248-6667 • 505-242-1445 friendsofvalledeoro.org • 516arts.org • Free

November 2019 Events

Creative Bravo Awards

The City of Albuquerque’s Creative Bravos Awards is dedicating the evening to recognizing and honoring work of these amazing groups and individuals who are making a significant impact on the lives of residents, neighborhoods, and/or communities. The city has asked Michelle to write a poem to honor the recipients of the awards. Arrive early to grab a bite to eat from Kamikaze Kitchen & Food Truck and a local beverage from Red Door Brewing Company serving drinks in the KiMo Art Gallery.

When: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. 
Where: KiMo Theatre 423 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tickets will be available at the door and are also available for presale for $10 at kimotickets.com.

For more information about this event visit: https://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/creative-bravos-awards

Walking with Poets

November’s walk features Scott Wiggerman and is included in the day’s activities with Open Spaces Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration. Scott plans to share several nature-related poems (Joy Harjo’s “Remember,” Arthur Sze’s “The Shapes of Leaves,”) and several other poems. This walk guides participants into writing lines of poetry based on their own observations and with Scott’s specific suggestions based on an exercise called, “Line by Line: Creating Poems Using Literary Devices,” recently taught at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention.

Through the walk, participants will have at chance to formulate lines towards a “walking Bosque poem” as we navigate the River Loop and Canopy Loop trails along the Rio Grande (about 2 miles). The goal is to have everyone leave the  with a Bosque-related draft of a poem. 

Scott Wiggerman is the author of three books of poetry, Leaf and Beak: Sonnets, Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the editor of several volumes, including Wingbeats I & II: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, Bearing the Mask, Weaving the Terrain, and other Southwest anthologies. Poems have appeared recently in Chiron Review, Unlost, Pinyon ReviewOcotillo Review, Better than Starbucks, and Allegro Poetry, as well as the anthologies A Constellation of Kisses, Local News, and Lovejets. Wiggerman is the chair of the Albuquerque chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society and a volunteer with the Open Space Visitor Center, where he co-organizes the annual spring Poets’ Picnic. He lives in far west Albuquerque, with his husband, the writer David Meischen.

More Information
We suggest arriving early to ensure parking and meet us by 9:45-9:55 in the lobby of the Open Space Visitor Center to leave there for the Bosque.  

The Project
Poetry written along and inspired by these walks can be submitted for consideration into a bosque poetry anthology, to be edited by Michelle Otero, Albuquerque Poet Laureate.

More Details
Please be prepared with clothes layers, hat, gloves, 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.

When: November 16, 2019 9:45 AM (Get there earlier to park and explore if you want)
Where: Open Spaces Visitors Center 6500 Coors Blvd NW
505-897-8831 for directions