Literary impresario and poet Christoper J. Johnson hosts Collected Words at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on KVSF-FM 101.5. Johnson talks to poets on the second Wednesday of each month. Jon Davis, Lauren Camp, and others can be heard on podcasts of previous shows at www.santafe.com/the-voice/show/collected-words.
New Mexico is one of only four states without a poet laureate. On Nov. 3, 2013, the New Mexico State Poetry Society and Red Mountain Press of Santa Fe initiated a drive to designate an official state poet with a reading at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Laureates from other states were among the readers. Why a state laureate? Education, entertainment, and improving the state’s image are among the reasons. The state legislature reconvenes on Jan. 21. Send the legislators a note, or write them a poem.
January reading not to be missed: Jimmy Santiago Baca (see story, Page 30) reads from Singing at the Gates: Selected Poems at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988-4226) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Poet, artist, and eclectic deejay Lauren Camp stirs up spoken word and music — jazz, global sounds, and some surprises — in her weekly radio program Audio Saucepan on KSFR-FM 101.1, every Sunday at 6 p.m. Recent shows have included poems from Robert Lowell, Denise Levertov, Billy Collins, Theodore Roethke, Lucille Clifton, and Antonio Machado, as well as new contemporary work.
Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:00 pm
Updated: 5:27 am, Wed Jan 15, 2014.
Nov. 3, 2013, was a big day in Santa Fe poetry circles. Five highly regarded poets from New York City and California were in town to read at Teatro Paraguas Studio as part of a national tour. It wasn’t the only poetry event happening that day: Jane Lipman — a local poet and winner of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in poetry — was leading a daylong workshop; former poet laureate Arthur Sze was reading at Collected Works Bookstore; and Red Mountain Press and the New Mexico State Poetry Society were co-hosting an afternoon-long gathering to support an initiative to establish a New Mexico poet laureate.
Such scheduling logjams are not uncommon. The Santa Fe Poetry and Prose Meetup Group (www.meetup.com/Santa-Fe-Poetry-and-Prose-Meetup-Group), which boasts 464 members, publicized some 270 events last year, and numerous other poetry-related readings, workshops, signings, gatherings, and other events weren’t even listed on the site. In a 2011 posting, the now-inactive blog Santa Fe Literary News (www.sfliterarynews.blogspot.com) proclaimed Santa Fe “the writing capital of the United States — there are more writers per capita here than any other city in the nation.” Regardless of whether that claim can be substantiated, there’s no arguing that Santa Fe is something of a poets’ paradise, with far more than its share of published poets, publishing houses, events, projects, and educational offerings.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:00 pm.
Updated: 5:27 am.