New Mexico State Poetry Society

NMSPS Convention

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New Mexico State Poetry Society Annual Meeting and State Convention

Celebrating The State of New Mexico Poetry

Registration is Now Open!
Online registration closes April 21

New Mexico State Poetry Society
Annual Meeting & State Convention
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and mingling!
Monte Vista Christian Church
3501 Campus Blvd NE, ABQ 87106
(Nob Hill area)

  • Featured Poet: Bruce Noll as Walt Whitman in Pure Grass
  • Workshop presenters: Manuel Gonzáles (ABQ Poet Laureate), Barbara Rockman, Kelly & Pamela Yenser, Elizabeth Raby
  • NEW! Publishers Panel
    * ABQ- West End Press
    * Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, Red Mountain Press
    * Santa Fe: Red Mountain Press
  • Open Mic, hosted by Nate Maxson, with tribute to NMSPS founder, Alice Briley by her son, writer Dick Stewart.
  • Poets. book-sale room
  • Plus: Final voting and election results for 2017-2019 NMSPS Board

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Convention Schedule

8:30 am		Doors open
8:30-9 am 	Coffee/tea/bagels/fruit  by Blue Plate Special. Mingle, bring your books to the book sale room

9 am 		Welcome poem by Manual González, Albuquerque Poet Laureate

9:05 am		NMSPS Annual Meeting. Andi Penner, NMSPS President
		Chapter and Board reports, announcements, awards and recognition

9:55 am		Late check in, book sale room, find your workshop

10:15-11:30am  	Morning Workshops OR Publishers Panel - Choose One
		  1. Barbara Rockman: Excavating Home: Embracing the Domestic Image 
	          2. Kelly & Pamela Yenser: What's Form Got to Do With It/Got to Do
                     With it?
		  3. Elizabeth Raby:  Writing the List Poem
		  4. Publishers Panel:  West End Press, Taos Journal of International
                     Poetry and Art, Red Mountain Press 
11:30-11	Break, book sale room open

12-1:15		Lunch. Pick up box lunches and bring to your dining room table

12:15-1:15	Walt Whitman entertainment by poet Bruce Noll

1:15-1:30 	Break. Find your workshop 

1:30-2:45	Afternoon Workshops OR Publishers Panel  - Choose One
		  1. Manuel González
		  2. Kelly & Pamela Yenser: What's Form Got to Do With It/Got to Do
                     With It?
		  3. Elizabeth Raby: Writing the List Poem
		  4. Publishers Panel:  West End Press, Taos Journal of International
                     Poetry and Art, Red Mountain Press

2:45-3 pm	Break/book sale room/Publishers Panel tables open (no workshop)

3-3:45 pm	Open Mic hosted by Nate Maxson, with tribute to NMSPS founder, Alice
                Briley by her son, writer Dick Stewart

3:45-4 pm	Closing remarks by new NMSPS President


Workshop Descriptions

A.M. Workshop 1: Barbara Rockman Excavating Home: Embracing The Domestic Image Marcel Proust said, "In reality, as soon as each hour of one's life has died, it embodies itself in some material object. There it remains captive, captive forever, unless we should happen on the object, recognize what lies within, call it by its name, and so set it free." Magritte said that objects "shriek and hold potential to become something else." Writer, Carole Maso, says, "Things we have forgotten hold weight, shape, light and meaning; in the emblematic there is heat and emotion." In this generative workshop we will travel to rooms we have known. From cellar to front hall, kitchen to attic, shed to cabinet, we will gather objects that radiate emotion and mystery. We might retrieve vase, viola, ax, aquarium, door knob, doll or belt. In re-imagining them through associative writing, we will access family history, metaphor and memory. An extensive hand-out of essay excerpts and poems inspired by domestic image will be discussed. Barbara Rockman teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops. As Workshop Coordinator for Wingspan Poetry Project she brings poetry to victims of domestic violence. Her poems have received three Pushcart Prize Nominations, the New Mexico Discovery Award, The MacGuffin Poets Hunt Prize, Southwest Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher's Prize. She is author of "Sting and Nest," which received the National Press Women Book Prize and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. A new collection is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press. Barbara received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.   P.M. Workshop 1: Manuel González Digging Up Roots: Cultural identity and metaphor In this workshop, we will explore the use of cultural identity in our work. From the time we are born, many traditions and life lessons have brought us to where we are today. These soul feeding experiences enrich the tierra that sparks of creativity grow from. Time to work the land. Current Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM, Manuel González, is a performance poet who began his career in the poetry slam. Manuel has represented Albuquerque on a national level as a member of the Albuquerque poetry slam team 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007. He has also appeared on the PBS show, Colores: My word is my power. Manuel was one of the founding members of the poetry troupe The Angry Brown Poets. Manuel also has a collection of his poetry published by Swimming with Elephants Press entitled, But my friends call me Burque... Manuel teaches workshops on self-expression and poetry in schools, at risk youth facilities, youth detention centers and most recently at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Manuel is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. For information on booking a workshop and/or performance, please send inquiries to:   A.M. & P.M. Workshop 2: Kelley and Pamela Yenser What's Form Got to Do with It/Got to Do with It? Poems always assume a form, an organizing principle, sometimes organic and sometimes arbitrary. Some forms are traditional and recognizable and others are not. This workshop will focus on how to use form to make a poem, whether a sonnet or "free verse." We are interested in using form as a tool to begin and to finish a poem. We understand form as an opportunity to work on a poem, not a template to be be filled in. The prompt(s) will involve this practical use of form. Jon Kelly Yenser was born and raised in Kansas. He worked as a teacher, a journalist and academic fund-raiser for institutions in several states before retiring to read and write in Albuquerque. He has published two chapbooks, Walter's Yard (Kattywompus Press, 2013) and The Disambiguation of Katydids (2015, Kattywompus). His first book-length collection of poems, The News as Usual, will be published by the University of New Mexico press in 2018. Pamela Yenser (MA, MFA) Editor at Fawkes Press, is a 50-year university instructor with poems in ascent, Massachusetts Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, Connotation Press, Kansas Poets, and numerous anthologies. She is a Pushcart and AWP nominee; winner of Fugue, Antietam, and American Academy of College Poets awards; and Other Voices finalist.   A.M. & P.M. Workshop 3: Elizabeth Raby Writing the List Poem In this list poem workshop we will look at some examples from Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsburg and Anne Valley-Fox. We will also make our own lists. Elizabeth Raby is the author of five full-length poetry collections, the most recent of which is A Matter of Time,(2016), and of a four generation memoir in poetry and prose, Ransomed Voices, (2013). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies and has been translated into Chinese and Romanian. She worked as a poet-in- the-schools in NJ and Pa and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and she taught poetry writing at Muhlenberg College.   A.M. & P.M. Workshop 4: Publishers Panel West End Press, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, Red Mountain Press Join publishers from three New Mexico presses as they talk about what they publish, what they are looking for in poetry submissions. Authors from these presses may also be present to talk about their relationship with the publisher. A time for Q&A will be allowed and example of books published will be on display. Susan Gardner, publisher and founding editor, Red Mountain Press and Devon Ross, Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe Veronica Golos and Cathy Strisik, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art Amanda Sutton and John Crawford, West End Press, Albuquerque

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