516 WORDS: Matthew John Conley, Kayohes, Holly Myers, V.B. Price, & Erin Radcliffe


516 Words 21st Cen 5

Friday, June 29, 8pm

at 516 ARTS

516 ARTS presents 516 WORDS a literary arts series in conjunction with the themes of 516 ARTS’ exhibition. Our current exhibition 21st Century Cyphers, on view through July 14, is about the phenomenon of language in the technological age. The reading spotlights five acclaimed poets and authors who explore the structures of their craft in a variety of ways through journalism, abstract fiction, literary poetry, spoken word, and hip-hop. The writers are Matthew John Conley, Kayohes, Holly Myers, V.B. Price and Erin Radcliffe, emcee’d by Don McIver. 

Each reading highlights a nonprofit organization whose work is aligned with the themes being explored. For this one, SouthWest Writers is our community partner. The nonprofit organization is devoted to helping both published and unpublished writers improve their craft and further their careers. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, SWW serves writers of all skill levels in every fiction and nonfiction genre. 


Matthew John Conley has spent the last decade in Arizona, serving three years as Executive Director of the Tucson Poetry Festival and five years as a Teaching Artist with Arizona Poetry Out Loud where he coached three State Champions (2009, 2010, and 2012). His work can be found in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press), A Bigger Boat: the Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (University of New Mexico Press), and in the publications Gritty Silk (with Jamison Crabtree), spiralorb, and The Mas Tequila Poetry Review.

Kayohes (k-o-s) is a poet and Hip Hop Artist born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but moved around the world due to his parents working for the Government. He started recording and performing while living and going to school in Mannheim, Germany. He has released three albums and has completed his 4th Stress City, The Struggle Within. Kayohes returned to New Mexico in 2009 to pursue a degree in education.  He graduated, with honors, in 2013 and currently teaches 5th grade for Albuquerque Public Schools. Kayohes is currently part of the Hip Hop group Truth 66, who has also finished an album. In addition, he produces for numerous artists from New Mexico, around the country, and overseas.

Holly Myers is a writer, critic and curator currently based in New Mexico. Her collection of short fiction, A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark, was published by Insert Blanc Press in 2018. Road Noise, the first in a series of self-published artist books, is also forthcoming in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Zyzzyva and Joyland. Her story “The Guest House” was anthologized in New California Writing 2012 (Heyday) and an excerpt of her first novel was published in Gen F: An Anthology of Short Stories for the Comic Tragedies of Our Times, edited by Gordy Grundy. In addition to writing fiction, Myers covered the art world as a critic for the Los Angeles Times and the LA Weekly for fifteen years. Her art writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Art Review, Art + Auction and Modern Painters, among other publications.  

V.B. Price has been writing poetry for the last 46 years. He began publishing in small magazines in 1962. He has published eight books of poetry. His recent work addresses historical events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq, and mythological themes, which appear in his latest book Mythwaking: The Homeric Hymns, a Modern Sequel. He serves as editor of the University of New Mexico Press's Mary Burritt Christensen Poetry Series.

Erin Radcliffe is the author of Bottomland (Sundress, 2017) and Station of Rain (dancing girl press, 2013) and the recipient of the Katherine C. Turner Academy of American Poets and Swarthout prizes. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopper, and Coal Hill Review. She's a School Advisor at CNM, where she also teaches English.

516 WORDS is made possible with lead support from Beyond Poetry, LLC. Founded in 2012, Beyond Poetry LLC is focused on creating intersectional and interdisciplinary creative experiences in community. It has brought poetry performances and writing workshops to schools, jails, hospitals, churches, nursing homes, colleges and at least five countries. Building community one word at a time.

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