Calendar of Events

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 15, 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

April 18, 2019- Third Thursdays at Albuquerque Art Museum: Inspired by Poetry
After work, swing by Albuquerque Museum for music, fun programs, art making for all ages, and a cash bar and small plates at our cafe, Slate at the Museum. General admission for the event is free. Family friendly.

In April, as part of National Poetry Month, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero performs original works in the Museum exhibitions. Otero is a writer, facilitator, and coach who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. She is the author of “Malinche’s Daughter,” an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow. Originally from Deming, New Mexico, Michelle holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.Enjoy jazz music from Simple Truth Duet, featuring Carla Van Blake and Steve Terwilliger.

Where: The Albuquerque Museum 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
When: April 18, 2019 5:00-8:30

April 25, 2019- Fixed and Free Poetry: Featuring Michelle Otero and Chasity Salvador
Fixed and Free is a monthly poetry meetup the last Thursday of the month which aims to provide a relaxed, welcoming, supportive community for poets, lovers of poetry and other divine creatures to share and enjoy the magic and power of poetry, as well as each other’s company. 2019, the theme is All Women Poets. April features Michelle Otero and Chasity Salvador.   

When: Thursday, April 25, 7-9pm
Where: The Source 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE Albuquerque, 8710