High-Desert-Hello from Moriarty and a bit of ABQ news...
Tons happening poetry-wise this summer and here I'll just give you the tiniest rundown on some things you might want to be able to catch. (PLEASE NOTE: I did bcc some people who have huge and good list serves --mine is a bit undermaintained right now--, but much of this info is likely out swarming in circulation already---and I would prefer if you just forward individually if you know someone who might be interested in a particular anything or other.... I know I can't reach all who might be
interested, but try not to inundate either.. Gracias)
At the LPG blog, I'll be welcoming submissions on poetics, aesthetics, process, community building and more. Sometimes I'll have official calls, sometimes just open. Right now, if you're moved, pop me something. Meanwhile, we are still working on a design format to allow easier announcements for the community (aaron greenwood is helping)... Bit by bit. Hope to allow this to help increase community discourse. I'd also like to highlight some local bloggers who are doing good work on their own literary sites with crossover posts... a tease at our address to help get people back to your own blog and explorations... I've seen great stuff lately from a whole bunch of dedicated writers
and would love to help spread that joy, celebrate good minds.
Another significant announcement... Some of you remember Aaron Trumm, aka Murph, from the slam and poetry scene, as far back in Burque as the 90's and more recently at East of Edith series too http://wp.me/pTrSB-yc Well, he's been living a great life with cystic fibrosis but this year a few pneumonias got to him. Good news is that he's just had a lung transplant... HE HAS SHINY NEW LUNGS!!! Billy Brown, his stepfather, has been posting some info on that. I just wanted to give a shout out here with a bit of info . Aaron is
a dedicated and extremely talented writer, who has traveled widely and impacted many poetry communities, including ABQ’s. Several years ago, he was the 10th ranked individual poetry slam competitor. His family asks for any support you can offer to help offset costs, including travel to california for the surgery. You can send checks directly to his mother, Sandi Blanton, 2909 Monterey SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. (Please make the checks out to Sandi Blanton.) Or donate directly to any Wells Fargo and specify “Aaron’s Lung Transplant” under the names of Sandi Blanton or Joe Trumm. Airline miles also appreciated. Or donate directly to “Lungs for Aaron” with the shiny...@gmail.com paypal
account at link.
AND LAST THINGS:
Upcoming August and September, LPG will be back to the enjoy and support ROOST, the beautiful sound space of experimental jazz with some poetry curated by Mark Weaver... All the sundays you can fill your ears with will be happening at the OUtpost... and LPG, as per last
few years, has a showcase in there too..> Best quick info is this short lineup currently...
Aug.4 Catahoula Curse
Aug.11 Robert Muller with The Rumble Trio
Aug.18 BaBa live soundtrack to “The Goat”
Aug.25 Consort Un-Caged “Altered Time”
Sep.1 Matt Norman, Thollem McDonas
Sep.8 Brian Allen solo multi media
Sep.15 Brian Haas / Dave Wayne solo and duo
Sep.22 Local Poets Guild with Black Iron Trio
Aug. 4 Catahoula Curse
Some of this poetry and jazz stuff got a good foundation also back in the OutCh'Yonda days with a monthly poetry and jazz featuring TEO 315 and poetry... I'll give more on exactly what's up this incarnation forthcoming but have been extremely happy EVERY TIME poetry and sound find their various good comminglings, particularly under Weaver and TEO's guidance... Keep your ears open... more calls on this type of theme for writings soon. (I know Malpais just wrapped up another issue with a jazz poetry feature curated by Don McIver also and can't wait to read that...)
That's all for today. Please, if you can, catch Virginia on 7/11 or 7/21 and Kevin on 7/16 and enjoy Speak Poet Thurs and Play House next Tues and then whip yourself into some good stage presence with Virginia the following, before we all part ways again...