There’s enough interest in an off-site reading at this year’s conference that I’m going to start looking into venues. There are several coffee shops near the Minneapolis Convention Center and hopefully one among them will be close enough, large enough, and hospitable enough to let us crowd in on them. Let me know if you have any suggestions. In the meantime, I am building an email group with the names and emails of poets who have told me they plan to attend this year’s conference and would like to read, so watch your email for updates.
The anthology has survived the first round of reviews and will be undergoing some revisions before resubmission to UNM Press. Stay tuned for updates!
Please check your emails for a proof of the anthology. If you did not receive it, contact me immediately and I will send it to you. Corrections are due by June 27 and the MS is due to UNM Press by June 30th.
Thanks for your support!!
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
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!
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
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.
Alexandra 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.