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