A Brighter Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

Next Reading: The Performance Space, May 19th 2013

Postcard200 New Mexico Poems
Poetry Reading
May 19th, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
The Performance Space
7 Caliente Rd.
Eldorada at Santa Fe, NM (Ten Miles Southeast of Santa Fe)
2:00 to 4:00 PM

200 New Mexico Poems: 100 Poems Celebrating the Past, 100 More for the Future, is a dynamic celebration of New Mexico’s centennial through poetry. Its mission is to promote a broader understanding of the state’s unusual beauty and delicate ecology as well as foster a greater awareness of its distinct blend of cultural influences. Above all, the project shows that New Mexico’s enchantment is derived from its people, its stories and literature, and the aesthetics of its environment.

Since its inception, 200 New Mexico Poems has received positive reception and encouragement from people all over the United States. The quantity, quality, and uniqueness of submissions represented are outstanding and represent a wide and varied perspective of the state, which is not limited to residents of the region. New Mexico is often little understood by those who have never visited it and is likewise loved by many who have ventured even briefly across its borders. This collection provides the country, even the world, with a stunning multifaceted and layered interpretation of the state of New Mexico.

Featured readers include these contributing poets: Mary Dudley, Gayle Lauradunn, Jamie Figueroa, Pamela Yenser, Kelly Yenser, John Macker, Katherine DeBlassie, Janet Eigner, Kimberly Mathes, Kayce Verde, Susan Gardner, H. Marie Aragón, Katherine Seluja, Roy Beckemeyer, Michelle Holland, Georgia Santa Maria, Joanne Bodin, Karin Bradbery, Linda Monacelli-Johnson and more!

New Mexico State Poetry Society Youth Benefit features Food, Live Music by DOG STAR


Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, post it on Facebook and Twitter, email to everyone on your list: NMSPS is throwing a fundraiser for YOUTH SCHOLARSIPS for the National Convention being held in July: http://www.nmpoetry.com/convention-nfsps.shtml#register

Friday, April 26th ­ 6:30 pm until 9:pm
at The Projects, Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/c3CVP
3614 High St NE, Albuquerque, NM

NMSPS Spokesperson: Lisa Hase-Jackson

Host: Dee Cohen

Emcee: Andrea (Andi) Penner (http://pennerink.blogspot.com/)

Performance Poets: Eva Crespin & Matthew Brown

Food Coordination: Sari Krosinsky

­Dinner (*provided potluck-style by NMSPS members)

*To sign up to bring food and other items go to http://www.perfectpotluck.com
Under “Find a meal” enter coordinator last name “Krosinsky” and password “NMSPSfund”

Suggested donation at the door: $5 to $50.

($40 will pay for one complete youth scholarship for the convention and a one-year NMSPS membership!)

Live Music by DogStar (http://www.dogstarband.com )
­Brief talk about NMSPS and the upcoming National Convention by Lisa Hase-Jackson
­Performance poetry with a little info about the youth poetry scene in ABQ

New Intern!

Hello dear readers.

It is my great pleasure to introduce Alexandria K.M., my new intern. Alex will assist with some of the administrative duties surrounding the publication of the 200 New Mexico Poems anthology. In addition, she will helping out at readings. I’ve asked Alex to provide a brief professional biography and a picture, which follow. Be sure to welcome her aboard when you meet.

bio%20pictureAlexandra K. M. is currently a (reluctant) senior at Southwest Secondary Learning Center and takes dual-enrollment courses at CNM. She wants to be a writer when she grows up, and has lots of ideas, but has to work on the actual writing part (doing NaNoWriMo for the first time in November 2012 was really helpful; she made her word count and exceeded it). She spends most of her time thinking about and ironing out her stories and draws inspiration from pretty much everywhere. To date, she has roughly eighty characters in various stages of development and she is very protective of most of them, even if she does tend  to give them bad endings. Beyond writing, she has dabbled in theatre (and musical theatre, but she reserves her singing to the shower) and some art, mostly with Sharpies. Alexandra is obsessed with fiction: books, movies, TV shows, cartoons, anime, manga, webcomics, et cetera.

200 New Mexico Poems’ 1st Year Anniversary


Happy 1st year anniversary to 200 New Mexico Poems. It was on this day that the first poem, Matachine El Ranch 1.1.11 by Joan Logghe, was posted. Thanks for your support!

Originally posted on 200NewMexicoPoems:

He said so you remember
that night in El  Rancho
he wagged his tongue?

He said, welcome the newcomers
they are the heart also
of this valley

The word Valley makes me
hollow so rivers can flow
in a time for rivers

I have seen the snow
bless and bless the mountains
thirty seven times,

ten danzantes in ribbons,
and the malinche all in white
the two abuelos, Montezuma,

we planted corn
when the thunderbird
disappeared from the mountain

I was here before the roads
were paved and yet
vague as a newcomer

this valley goes on before
goes on after, he points
to the sky just in case

someone, up there,
needs us.

Joan Logghe is Santa Fe’s third poet Laureate, teacher, winner of an NEA in poetry, and co-founder of Tres Chicas Books. Her books include The Singing Bowl, UNM press and Love & Death: Greatest Hits

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