Poet News: Margaret Randall

200 New Mexico poet, Margaret Randall,  author of both “Downwind from Pecos” and “At the Edge of the Pueblo,” will be discussing her new book, Exporting Revolution, with Joanne Lefrack at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Santa Fee, 6:00 PM Thursday, June 8, 2017.

In her new book, Exporting Revolution, Margaret Randall explores the Cuban Revolution’s impact on the outside world, tracing Cuba’s international outreach in health care, disaster relief, education, literature, art, liberation struggles, and sports. Randall combines personal observations and interviews with literary analysis and examinations of political trends in order to understand what compels a small, poor, and underdeveloped country to offer its resources and expertise.

Why has the Cuban health care system trained thousands of foreign doctors, offered free services, and responded to health crises around the globe? What drives Cuba’s international adult literacy programs? Why has Cuban poetry had an outsized influence in the Spanish-speaking world? This multifaceted internationalism, Randall finds, is not only one of the Revolution’s most central features; it helped define Cuban society long before the Revolution.

About the Author

Margaret Randall is the author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression and Che on My Mind, and the editor of Only the Road / Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, all also published by Duke University Press.

Joanne Lefrack is the Director of Education and Outreach at SITE Santa Fe as well as a visual artist, museum educator, and teacher.



Poet News: Joanne Bodin

Congratulations to 200 New Mexico poet and author Joanne Bodin for the February release of her second novel, “Orchid of the Night” from Mercury Heartlink, available now through Book Works in Albuquerque.

This dark psychological thriller is about a man running from his troubled past who finds solace in the gay sanctuary of Ixtlan.  Inspired by true events, the story delves into the secrets and lies of both gay and straight lives of the two protagonists, each with their own abuses and duplicities.  Refreshments, orchids, a special performance, and more.

J.S. Bodin, a retired educator and award winning author and poet, received her Ph.D. in Multicultural Teacher Education from the University of New Mexico. Her novel, Walking Fish, won the New Mexico Book Award and the International Book Award in gay/lesbian fiction. Her book of poems, Piggybacked, was a finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and literary publications. She plays jazz piano and is a watercolor hobbyist.

Read Joanne’s New Mexico Poem: Legendary Tale


Poet News: Maril Crabtree

Congratulations to Maril Crabtree on the publication of her latest collection of poetry, “Fireflies in the Gathering Dark”  with Kelsay Books. It is available for sale on Amazon.

Maril is author of two poems in the 200 New Mexico Poems project: Driving to Dipping Springs and New Mexico Sky (which you can read by following the links). 

Maril Crabtree grew up in Memphis and New Orleans but calls the Midwest home. A former French teacher, lawyer, peace activist, environmentalist, energy healer, and yoga instructor, she is grateful for poetry—hers and others’—as the loom that weaves her life-threads together.

Her most recent chapbook is Tying the Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She authored two previous chapbooks: Dancing with Elvis (Top Hat & Tails Press) and Moving On (Pudding House Press), and edited four anthologies of poetry and essays published by Adams Media. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has won numerous awards, including 1st Place “Judge’s Pick” in the anthology Well-Versed.

Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Kalliope, I-70 Review, The DMQ Review, Coal City Review, Main Street Rag, Persimmon Tree, Third Wednesday, and 2014 Poet’s Market. She previously served as poetry editor for Kansas City Voices and is a contributing editor for Heartland! Poems of Love, Resistance & Solidarity.

More of her work can be seen at http://www.marilcrabtree.com


Reading in Espanola this Saturday

imageFrom Michelle Holland:

The reading originally scheduled for April 29, and cancelled due to the amazing snow storm, has been rescheduled!

Hope some of you can make your way up to the Espanola Valley.  Joan Logghe will also be reading, along with a few more poets from the area.
Main Street Theater
May 20, 7-9 p.m.

Call for Submissions: Zingara Poetry Pick

Zingara Poetry Picks seeks submissions of previously unpublished poems (on-line or in print) of 40 lines or fewer for 2017 picks. New, emerging, and established poets are encouraged to submit and all submissions will be given careful consideration.

Please keep the following in mind when submitting your best poems to Zingarapoet@gmail.com:

  • Reading period for Zingara Poetry Picks for the second part of 2017 (June – December) is OPEN until July 31, 2017.
  • There are no fees to submit.
  • The title of your poem(s) should appear in the email subject line. Poems should be attached as unprotected word documents and mailed to zingarapoet@gmail.com.
  • The body of the email can include a brief cover letter and a professional biography of 50 words or fewer written in the third person.
  • Attach a word document with no more than three poems of 40 or fewer lines
  • Only one submission at a time (please wait to hear back before submitting more poems).
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let Zingra Poet know immediately if submitted work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Published poets receive bragging rights and the chance to share their work with a diverse and ever-growing audience.
  • Poets who are published on Zingara Poetry Pick should wait 12 months before submitting again.
  • Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • If accepted work is later published elsewhere, please acknowledge that the piece first appeared as a Zingara Poetry Pick.

What I look for in a poem:

Like all editors, I like to see interesting poems that do what they do well. Whether traditional, conceptual, lyrical, or formal, they should exhibit the poet’s clear understanding of craft and, just as importantly, revision. Very elemental poems that have not undergone effective revision will probably not make the cut. Likewise, poems which are contrived, sacrifice meaning for the sake of rhyme, feel incomplete, do not risk sentimentality (or are too sentimental), or lack tension when tension is needed, will also be dismissed. I am a fan of rich and vivid imagery, cohesive discursiveness, and surprising metaphors. Finally, poems which perpetuate harmful stereotypes of gender, race, or class will most certainly not be considered.

For a very good discussion on the elements of effective poetry, take a look at Slushpile Musings by James Swingle, publisher and editor of Noneucildean Cafe’

A note on formatting:  While I am learning more and more HTML every day, poems that contain lines which are flush with the left margin are much easier to format and post than are poems with exceptionally unusual spacing and indentation. Sometimes a poem’s spacing is what ultimately determines whether or not it is accepted.

Response time is 2-4 months

Poet News: K.L. Frank

Thanks to K.L. Frank for letting me know about Fubuki Daiko, a Taiko group that calls Winnipeg Canada home, who has presented a piece revolving around Joy’s  “She Had Some Horses.” She says it was a magnificent work and does Harjo proud.
In addition, Frank’s poem, “Medicinal,” was recently published in New Letters. 
Frank is a 200 New Mexico poet and author of poem #50, Y’a’at’eh from the 89th Inter-tribal Ceremonial.” as well as the poem, “A Wild Hare,,” which was the Zingara Poetry Pick for July 6, 2016.

NM & AZ Book Awards

Taking entries UNTIL July 1 and of course, you can bring to the Co-op lunches to save postage/UPS. Best categories to enter with none or fewest entries: business, philosophy, religion, activity book, garden, cooking.

Get entry forms and find out more at New Mexico Book Co-op

Poet News: Terry Lucas


A belated congratulations to 200 New Mexico Poems author Terry Lucas for the recent publication of his book, “Dharma Rain”

From Terry’s website:

Released in October of 2016 by Saint Julian Press, Dharma Rain is Lucas’s second full-length poetry collection. “From grim realities to wry humor, the poems of Lucas’s new book confront the mysteries of science, faith, and desire in exquisite forms, delicious language, and keen intelligence,” according to Wendy Barker, The Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

​​Chard deNiord, poet laureate of Vermont, says: “In his fresh new visions of the world stripped of its former fashions, ideologies, and mythologies, Lucas writes as if he’s observing the world for the first time on his own heuristic terms, in both dexterously formal and free verse.” 

It’s available on Amazon.com.

200 NM Poem Intern Graduates from UNM

Please join me in congratulating Alexandra, my dear and exceptionally smart intern, whose assistance and friendship during the project was integral to its success. Alexandra graduated from the University of New Mexico yesterday.



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