Sub­texts Poetry read­ings at Teatro Paraguas

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Teatro Paraguas (3205 Calle Marie) cel­e­brates Na­tional Poetry Month by high­light­ing lo­cal presses and lo­cal writ­ers. The first event, a read­ing by two Cuban po­ets on Satur­day, April 8, at 6 p.m., ad­dresses what some writ­ers see as a lit­er­ary dis­con­nect be­tween U.S. and Cuban poetry with two books pub­lished by Santa Fe’s Red Moun­tain Press. Laura Ruiz Montes, the win­ner of Cuba’s Na­tional Crit­ics’ Prize, reads from Di­a­pos­i­ti­vas/ Trans­paren­cies, and Al­fredo Zaldí­var, who holds Cuba’s Honor of Dis­tinc­tion in Na­tional Cul­ture, reads from Tril­los/ Precipi­cios/Con­cur­ren­cias — Path­ways/Precipices/Spec­ta­tors. Both were trans­lated by Mar­garet Ran­dall, the co-founder and co-ed­i­tor of the 1960s-era bilin­gual lit­er­ary jour­nal El Corno Em­plumado/The Plumed Horn. The read­ings are fol­lowed by con­ver­sa­tions with the po­ets, both of whom are ex­pected to share a can­did and de­tailed picture of the cur­rent Cuban lit­er­ary scene.

At 5 p.m. on Sun­day, April 30, Debbi Brody, Kenneth Gur­ney, Vi­jali Hamil­ton, Kyle Laws, Jane Lipman, John Macker, Ge­or­gia Santa Maria, Ba­sia Miller, Mary McGin­nis, and RD Arm­strong read from Lum­mox #5, a poetry an­thol­ogy se­ries edited by Arm­strong that pub­lishes “po­ets with game, not fame.” Arm­strong, also known as Rain­dog, founded Lum­mox Press in 1995 and has pub­lished a wide range of chap­books, poetry, es­says, and short fic­tion col­lec­tions. Though Lum­mox is lo­cated in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, sev­eral of the po­ets fea­tured in the new an­thol­ogy are from New Mex­ico — some of whom re­turn to Teatro Paraguas at 6 p.m. on Sun­day, May 7, for a read­ing hon­or­ing Mal­pais Re­view, a quar­terly poetry jour­nal based in Plac­itas, New Mex­ico, that is end­ing op­er­a­tions this spring. Ad­di­tional read­ers are H.M. Aragon, Janet Eigner, Ar­gos Mac­Cal­lum, Karen Petersen, Jane Shoen­field, Debby Stehr, Ju­dith Toler, Linda Whit­ten­berg, and Gary Brower, ed­i­tor of Mal­pais. All read­ings are free, with dona­tions grate­fully ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-424-1601. — J.L.

Laura Ruiz Montes

Al­fredo Zaldí­var

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