May features at Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido
Anna Martinez, raised by an oil painter/postal worker father and substitute teacher/closet singer mother, is the oldest of five who can’t paint or sing and had always envied the artistic talent that passed her by and landed on her siblings. Born in L.A. but land-lock raised in Santa Cruz de la Cañada with salt water still flowing through her veins, she discovered her own art by writing love poems for boy-crazy friends in junior high in exchange for cambio to buy Hot Fries and Oatmeal Cakes out of the Tom’s machine. Published only in student publications in her past life, she currently holds title as city XXX Haiku and Chicano/a Slam Champ, and to this day uses her poems as currency for getting into poetry readings for free. Anna is a mother of four kids more adversarial, loud-mouthed, and ham-it-up than she, who fell asleep a cabróna one day and woke up an abogada the next.
A past member of five national poetry slam teams (Worcester, Mass. (x2), Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Del. and Albuquerque, N.M.), Rich Boucher has published four chapbooks of poetry and for seven years hosted an open reading and slam in Newark, Delaware. Since moving to Albuquerque in March of 2008, Rich has been performing and writing steadily in the Duke City, and is a regular contributor/editor at localpoetsguild.wordpress.com. Living day to day with physical abnormalities caused by the consumption of Monsanto’s supercorn, Rich is also an educator, adventurer and an unlicensed psychic. Rich’s poems have appeared in Adobe Walls: An Anthology of New Mexico Poetry, Brawler, Crack the Spine, Extract(s), Fickle Muses, Grey Sparrow Journal, HyperText, Lyre Lyre, The Rag, The Malpais Review, Clutching at Straws, Shot Glass Journal, Missive, Mutant Root, Poydras Review, Sparkbright, The Mas Tequila Review, The Yellow Ham, Borderline, 200NewMexicoPoems and The Legendary. In January of 2012, Rich appeared on the album, “Dylan – Philadelphia pays tribute to a Legend”, an album featuring various Philadelphia artists performing covers of Dylan songs to benefit Amnesty International and the End Hunger Network; Rich’s contribution to the album was a spoken-word rendition of Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. Hear some of his poems at richboucher.bandcamp.com
Photographs taken at earlier Speak, Poet events at El Chante: Casa De Cultura. The host for Speak Poet is Andrea Serrano.