Blue Mesa Review celebrates its 24th issue with an evening of literature, art and music Friday, April 15, 7-10 p.m. at The Normal Gallery, 1514 Fourth St.

The event includes poetry readings by Albuquerque favorites Danny Solis and Richard Vargas, who along with Lisa Gill judged the Blue Mesa Review's inaugural poetry contest. The gallery will feature art by local artist Travis Bruce Black, who contributed art for the cover. Blue Mesa Review staff will share selected readings from Issue 24.

The cover charge of $10 includes a copy of Issue 24; cover charge of $5 includes a copy of any available back issue. Refreshments will be served.

Issue 24 includes more than 200 pages of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. It continues the literary conversation between editors and writers from all over the world, embracing both traditional and experimental works.

Nonfiction in this issue includes essays by Donna Steiner and Peter Stenson, as well as interviews with established writers Gary Shteyngart and Dorothy Allison. This issue also includes a memorial tribute to New Mexican poet Patricia Clark Smith.

Fiction in this issue includes two flash fiction pieces by Francine Witte, first-place winner of the Thomas A. Wilhelmus award in fiction, James Brubaker, Adin Bookbinder, Raul Clement and Chris Smith. The 2011 fiction contest winner, chosen by author Lori Ostlund, is also included.

Poetry in this issue includes reprinted works by Clark Smith and original works by Ginny Lowe Connors, Natasha Kessler, Jody Zorgdrager, Jim Davis, Ricardo Pau-Llosa and Ivan Young. The 2011 poetry contest winner is also included.

Blue Mesa Review is the literary journal of the University of New Mexico's creative writing program. Founded by Rudolfo Anaya, Gene Frumkin, David Johnson, Clark Smith and Lee Bartlett in 1989. The journal is now published by students with a rotating editorial board of Master of Fine Arts graduate students with readers and volunteers from the undergraduate program. Next fall Blue Mesa Review will begin publishing a second edition online.

For more information, visit Blue Mesa Review or the blog. Purchase online at UNM Press.