Hello Dear Poets and Readers,
Great news regarding the anthology! Though the undertaking has taken longer than anticipated, thanks largely to juggling work, writing, school, teaching, scheduling readings, and mentoring young writers while editing this massive project, a lot has been accomplished these past few months and I am happy to report that the manuscript for 200 New Mexico Poems is now in one piece. After careful consideration and lots of reading, rereading (and looking at other anthologies) I have reordered the poems from the collection into the following nine chapters: Origins, Enchantment, Essence, Interstices, El Barrio, Legend, Pilgrimage, Reverence, and Duende. The chapters are relatively short – approximately chapbook size – to encourage reading a full chapter in one sitting. Also, I wanted to distribute poems with overt commonalities in a diverse and, I hope, creative manner.
In addition, all excerpted poems have been restored full length and line spacing has been maintained except in cases when a poem runs over, by a line, onto the next page because of unconventional line spacing. Author names are centered and are followed by the poem title. The current draft contains 267 pages and includes a preface, space for the introduction, acknowledgements, biographies, and notes.
Another piece of good news is that our Centennial Poet, Levi Romero, has agreed to write an introduction for the collection and is looking over the MS as I compose this blog. Once his introduction is complete, I will add it to the manuscript and send it to UNM Press. Contributors can expect a PDF copy in their emails in the next week or so for a look at the full manuscript and for a final chance to make minor corrections before the collections is published.
In the mean time here is a brief a recap and timeline of the project:
December, 2011: Tom Averill, fiction professor from my undergraduate school, Washburn University, plants a seed.
January 2: Send email to, and receive blessing from, Kansas Poet Laureate, Caryn-Mirriam Goldberg, regarding starting a New Mexico Project emulating 150 Kansas Poems
January 5: Create WordPress site and send out a call for submissions
January 6: Official date of New Mexico’s Centennial
January 16, 2012: First poem, Matachine el Rancho 1.11.11 by Santa Fe Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe, posted.
January: Propasal for endorsement sent to New Mexico Centennial Committee
February: Lay awake nights wondering what I got myself into/continue selecting and posting poems
March 11: Project receives endorsement from the New Mexico Centennial Committee
Late September: Send print anthology propoasl to UNM Press/Proposal accepted
Early October: Begin sending release forms to contributors
(November: National Novel Writing Month, Young Writers Program, Southwest Secondary Learning Center)
December 21: Last poem, I Breathe the Cottonwood by Centennial Poet, Levi Romero, posted.
December: Begin transferring poems to word document(s)/create spreadsheets for tracking releases etc.
January 6th: Apply for New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Award/continue working on Word documents and spreadsheets
January 23: Intern, Alexandra K.M., comes on board
(February: NaNoWriMo YWP “What Now?” editing month, SSLC)
February 20: First 200 New Mexico Poems reading at UNM Valencia Campus, Las Lunas facilitated by Patricia Gilikin
February 26: Second 200 New Mexico Poems reading at Erna Fergusson Library, Abluquerque
April 6: Reading at Belen Public Library, Belen
April: Chapters determined and poems reordered.
April 25: Red Shoes Award ceremony (for contributions to the literary community)
April 26: New Mexico State Poetry Society Fundraising Event
April 27: New Mexico Press Women’s Awards Banquet/200 New Mexico Poems receives second place in Communications/Blogs category
April 30: Acknowledgements pages sent to contributors/begin acquiring permission from presses of previously published poems
Early May: Levi Romero agrees to write introduction to 200 New Mexico Poems
May 19: Reading at The Performance Space, El Dorado (taped)
May 21: Last contributor release received
(May 30 to June 9: Attend first MFA residency at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.)
June 30: Manuscript due to UNM Press (where it will be peer-reviewed for approval)
Projected Publication Date (provided the anthology is approved): Spring 2014