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Writ­ers read tales from the Grand Canyon at Op.Cit Books; a group of North­ern New Mex­ico au­thors read from their non­fic­tion works at La Tienda Per­for­mance Space in El­do­rado

Grandiose tales The Grand Canyon has in­spired count­less po­ems and mus­ings de­tail­ing its vast­ness, its bril­liant stri­a­tions of color and hue, and its mys­tery and lore. Many writ­ers dwell on the im­pos­si­bil­ity of truly capturing the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing there. Two books that at­tempt to touch the magic are Go­ing Down Grand: Po­ems From the Canyon, edited by Peter An­der­son and Rick Kempa (Lithic Press, 2015), and On Foot: Grand Canyon Back­pack­ing Sto­ries, edited by Rick Kempa (Vishnu Tem­ple Press, 2014). Kempa, joined by the poets Janet Eigner, Phyl­lis Hoge Thomp­son, and John Yohe — all contributors to Go­ing Down Grand — read from the books on Satur­day, July 16, at 2 p.m., at Op.Cit Books in the DeVar­gas Cen­ter (157 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-428-0321).

Lo­cals only Another group of writ­ers — all from North­ern New Mex­ico — read from their non­fic­tion work on Thurs­day, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the La Tienda Per­for­mance Space in El­do­rado (7 Caliente Road, 505-465-9214). Jon D’Amore is the au­thor of a self-pub­lished mob mem­oir, The Boss Al­ways Sits in the Back, and Des­tiny Al­li­son — direc­tor

of the Per­for­mance Space — wrote The Ro­mance Diet: Body Im­age and the Wars We Wage on Our­selves (Sun­stone Press, 2016). Hit Back, Hit Hard, and Dream On is a self-pub­lished mem­oir about be­ing a Play­boy Bunny in the 1970s and dat­ing Joey Kramer, the drum­mer from Aero­smith, while learn­ing to cope with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion and sin­gle moth­er­hood, writ­ten by Nancy Karl­son Bridge. Rick Cormier’s self-pub­lished mem­oir, Mixed Nuts … Or What I’ve Learned Prac­tic­ing Psy­chother­apy looks at cre­ative ap­proaches to heal­ing men­tal ill­ness, and Pa­tri­cia J. Conoway’s self-pub­lished mem­oir, Lis­ten­ing With My Eyes: An Abused Horse. A Mother With Alzheimer’s. The Jour­ney To Help Them Both, is a story of learn­ing non­ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion from a horse, which ul­ti­mately helped the au­thor take care of her ail­ing mother. — Jen­nifer Levin

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