In celebration of National Poetry Month, Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988-4226) is hosting more than two dozen poetry readings and discussions in April. Author N. Scott Momaday reads with his daughter, Jill, a writer and filmmaker, and his granddaughter, Natachee Momaday Gray, a filmmaker and poet, on Tuesday, April 2. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1969 novel House Made of Dawn. His books of poetry include The Gourd Dancer (1976) and In the Presence of the Sun (1992). Asked about the importance of poetry in society today, he said, “I consider poetry to be the highest form of verbal expression. A poem is a statement concerning the human condition composed in verse. It is exact and lyrical. It is a precise definition of our humanity.”
Former Santa Fe poet laureate Joan Logghe holds an open discussion about poetry on Wednesday, April 3, followed by former Santa Fe poet laureate Arthur Sze reading from his new book, Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press), on Thursday, April 4. Elizabeth Jacobson, founder of Wingspan Poetry Project, reads from her new book, Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air (Parlor Press) on April 8, joined by Tyler Mills, author of Hawk Parable (University of Akron Press).
Another well-known Santa Fe poet with a new book, Jimmy Santiago Baca, reads from When I Walk Through That Door, I Am (Beacon Press) on April 10, and the next day, John Brandi reads from The Great Unrest days before its official release by White Pine Press. That packed week closes on April 12, with a group reading by poets selected for inclusion in the Telepoem Booth project. The Telepoem Booth, currently on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts, is a 1970s phone booth in which users can dial up hundreds of poems by local writers.
The latter half of April features readings by poets Luci Tapahonso, Layli Long Soldier, Demetria Martinez, Carol Moldaw, and others. All events begin at 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission. For a complete schedule, go to collectedworksbookstore.com.