Denise Low-Weso invited me to join a blog chain 2013 & THE NEXT BIG THING – a series of self-interviews with authors about what they’ve been working on with a  focus on their newest book or project. Be sure to check out Denise’s responses at: http://deniselow.blogspot.com/

And, here are my responses:

What is the title of your book?
200 New Mexico Poems: 100 Poems for the Past, 100 More for the Future

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The Kansas Project, Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems

What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry Anthology

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
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 that means 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.

Who is the publisher?
It is under consideration with UNM Press

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took a full year to collect 200 poems. By the time the poems have been arranged into thematic sections, as have revealed themselves over the course of the project’s evolution, and submitted for review, and finally published, the project will have been a nearly two-year commitment.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, edited by Caryn Marriam-Goldberg,

A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene, edited by Susan McAllister, Don McIver, and Mikaela Renz.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The state’s centennial celebration, the Kansas project, and my undergraduate professor, Tom Averill.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
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.
And to keep 2013 THE NEXT BIG THING going, here are some wonderful writers and their recent books/projects:
Susan Jackson Rogers, Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6, (http://susanjacksonrodgers.com/category/blog-ish/)
Jennifer Simpson, Duke City Dime Stories, (http://jennifersimpsonwriter.com/)
Susan Tweit, Walking Nature Home, A Life’s Journey ,(http://susanjtweit.com/)
Page Lambert, Shifting Stars. (Pagelambert.com)
Samantha Tetango, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent & A Writers March, (http://writersmarch.wordpress.com/author/stetangco/)

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2 thoughts on “2013 THE NEXT BIG THING

  1. Kelly Yenser says:


    This is excellent, all the way around. Your project, your “self interview” responses, your generosity…

    Thank you for the whole thing. Excellent job.

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