The OUTSpoken Queer Poetry Slam and the Local Poets Guild present a Triptych feature and poetry slam on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Cell Theater, 700 First St. NW. Featured readers are Aaron Ambrose, Kenny Fries and UNM graduate student David Andrew Talamantes. Hosts are Erin Northern and Patricia Gillikin, associate professor at UNM-Valencia.
This is a precursor to (L)INK: The Write Disability, two days of events with a focus on disability organized by Lisa Gill, UNM alumna and Local Poets Guild founder and co-artistic director.
Talamantes is a gay Piscean fronterizo – border-lander – writer born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Texas El Paso, where he began his writing career. He has been published in the Rio Grande Review and other magazines and anthologies. He teaches creative writing and technical writing at UNM while finishing his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
Ambrose was raised working class in Rochester, N.Y., and has called New Mexico home since 1995. She is not only as queer as the day is long but also a step-parent, farmer, weaver, handyman and resale queen. A life navigating chronic illness/disability, addiction, homelessness, love and loss delivered her into the arms of poetry.
Kenny Fries is the author of "The History of My Shoes" and the "Evolution of Darwin's Theory," which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, and "Body, Remember: A Memoir," as well as editor of "Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out." His books of poems include "Anesthesia" and "Desert Walking." He has received awards and fellowships including a Fulbright scholarship. He teaches in creative writing at Goddard College.
The top three poets from the slam qualify to compete in the OUTSpoken Championship Slam at PrideFest on Saturday, June 30.
A $5 donation is suggested. Those planning to attend may RSVP on Facebook.