Round two of Española Poetry Explosion at the Library comes to you on April 18th at 6:00 pm. The features are College Gorman and Luis Peña. There will also be at least two rounds of open mic poets.
Let’s drop by the Library and enjoy a night of poetry in celebration if National Poetry Month.
When he’s not digging through 1’s and 0’s, Luis Peña has been known to kick it in gardens. He hopes to someday become a seed saver and a hollow bone for Creator. His thoughts tend to drift towards cloud formations, subwoofers and the lack of water in the Nórte. You can find him in Santa Clara Pueblo or at email@example.com
Colleen Gorman, Diné, currently lives in Albuquerque and attends the University of New Mexico as a graduate student. She has been a performance poet since 2002, when she first started performing street poetry with the Angry Brown Poets. Colleen has been featured on Los Colores for her poetry, and has recorded individual poems on various CD releases with other artists. Her poetry is included in A Bigger Boat, published by the UNM Press, which chronicles the Albuquerque Slam Poetry scene’s growth and success at the 2005 National Poetry Slam competition. Colleen competed at the 2004 National Poetry Slam as a member of Albuquerque’s Poetry Slam team.
In other realms, Colleen co-founded New Mexico’s first state authorized charter school, the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS), and started up a new public access television channel in Albuquerque. She’s worked as Director of Warehouse 508, Albuquerque’s downtown teen arts and entertainment center, and currently she works for the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning as their branding and web developer. She’s also been working on developing a children’s animation series for the past five years, and will start production this year. Her fine and multi-media works of art are currently being shown in a month long art show at Tortuga in Albuquerque. As an artist, Colleen seeks to share her conversations with the Creator and Mother Earth, indigenous ancestors of the past, and youth of today. Poetry, painting, music, drawing and digital art are the mediums she uses to share memory, and to spread and seek knowledge.