On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis will host “Santa Fe Poets 3,” the third of six readings, the remainder of which will take place over the next four months at various venues in and around Santa Fe. Each reading will feature a different group of five poets reading with the poet laureate. The March reading will take place in the community room at the Santa Fe Public Library, Southside Branch. The event is free.
At this reading, Davis will read from his new manuscript and from his most recent book, Preliminary Report, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2010. In addition to being Santa Fe’s fourth poet laureate, Davis is Director of the Low Residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he has taught for 23 years.
Joining Davis for Santa Fe Poets 3 will be:
Will Barnes, who teaches middle-school science and language arts and has a consulting business in rangeland and riparian monitoring and restoration. He has poems in CutBank and the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art.
Monika Cassell, who is chair of the English Department at New Mexico School for the Arts, a statewide charter arts school. She is working on a translation of the German poet Durs Grünbein’s Porzellan.
Matt Donovan, who is Co-Chair of Creative Writing and Literature at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He is the author ofVellum (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner, 2007), which won both the 2006 Bakeless Prize in Poetry and the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize. Donovan is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Christopher Johnson, who is Production Manager at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse and host of the Collected Words poetry show. He is a member of the Artist Collective Meow Wolf and a poet, freelance writer, and reporter whose articles and poems have appeared in Photo-Eye Magazine, The American Poetry Review, and The Weekly Alibi.
Kim Parko, who teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is the author of three collections of poetry and flash fiction, The Rest of the World Seems Unlikely (Achilles Chapbook Series), Three Acts with Vincent (Mud Luscious Press), and Cure All (Caketrain Press).
The Santa Fe Public Library, Southside Branch, is located at 6599 Jaguar Drive. For more information, call Jon Davis at 505-424-2365 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 2005, the Poet Laureate program actively promotes poetry and the spoken word as integral parts of our civic life.