It’s no secret that the City different is home to world-class poets. From coffee house to campus, you can attend year-round readings, or pick up any national or local poetry publication and you’ll find a familiar name.
What you may not know is our neighbor to the south also has a vibrant and diverse poetry community. Whether you prefer your poetry on the page or with a pint, Albuquerque offers it all.
A Bigger Boat: the unlikely success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene, celebrates and chronicles the latter poetry option. A mixture of oral history, how-to, memoir, and some of the best poetry this state has heard, this book is an essential read for any poet or poetry fan.
Even if ABQ rarely reaches your radar, the community nature of performance poetry ensures that you’ll recognize residents not only from Santa Fe, but from New Mexico as a whole.
Plus, it includes a CD of spoken poetry from the members of the 2005 Albuquerque Slam Team, who were not only the hosts of that year’s National Slam Competition, but the Champions as well!