Red Moun­tain Press cel­e­brates its 10-year an­niver­sary

Pasatiempo - - NEWS - — Jen­nifer Levin

A decade of highs: Red Moun­tain Press

Santa Fe’s Red Moun­tain Press cel­e­brates its 10-year an­niver­sary in June with two lit­er­ary events. The first, at 5 p.m. Sun­day, June 4, is a po­etry read­ing by Jeffrey Bean and Marc Hud­son. Bean’s book, Woman Putting on Pearls, the win­ner of the 2016 Red Moun­tain Po­etry Prize, is a voyeur’s view of a woman’s daily ex­is­tence, the de­tails of her move­ments in her en­vi­ron­ment, and the sad in­ner life of her would-be stalker, who per­ceives him­self as a ro­man­tic. “Is the green shade in you/you press up to./Lay down your book,/this body, thick loaf, your slow work,” Bean writes in a poem ti­tled “Sleep.” Many of the po­ems in Hud­son’s new col­lec­tion, East of Sor­row, fo­cus on his chil­dren, the nat­u­ral world, and grat­i­tude for what the earth of­fers. The read­ing is at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dio (3205 Calle Marie, 505-424-1601); donations ac­cepted.

Jour­ney Santa Fe hosts Red Moun­tain’s of­fi­cial an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, June 11, with read­ings from and a dis­cus­sion of Ten Years on the Moun­tain, an an­thol­ogy of po­etry and prose from 25 Red Moun­tain au­thors. The vol­ume, edited by Su­san Gard­ner and Devon Ross, in­cludes the writ­ers’ com­men­tary on the process of work­ing with the press. Many of the writ­ers char­ac­ter­ize Gard­ner’s edit­ing and cri­tique style as di­rect and ef­fec­tive. She of­ten sug­gests that a writer read sto­ries aloud, or go out­side to walk or dance with the po­ems. “It was sum­mer, morn­ings were golden, and du­bi­ous as I was, I de­cided to take her words to heart,” writes Gor­don Ball, whose prose piece “On Tokyo’s Edge: Gai­jin Tales From Post-War Ja­pan 2017” is in­cluded in the col­lec­tion. “Just af­ter break­fast I walked up and down the quiet, fa­mil­iar road fronting our house, sheaves of pa­per clutched in hand, speak­ing their words as gen­tle sun­light blessed the pages.”

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