April 6–May 12, 2007

In celebration of National Poetry Month, 516 ARTS invited the public to the opening and a series of events for Tributaries, an exhibition of eight artists from New Mexico and New York responding to new books by poets Lisa Gill and Purvi Shah, the exhibition curators.

New Rivers Press, one of the oldest nonprofit literary presses in the country with a catalogue of over 300 books, has initiated an arts exchange. Associated with Minnesota State University at Moorhead, New Rivers announces the publication of two new books of poetry: Mortar & Pestle by New Mexico poet Lisa Gill and Terrain Tracks by New York poet Purvi Shah. In a concept designed by Lisa Gill, artists were invited to respond to the two books of poetry. This interdisciplinary exhibit was traveling from the upper Midwest to the Southwest, posing collaboration as an initiative for community growth and national exchange. Four visual artists from New Mexico respond to the work of Lisa Gill, while four visual artists from New York respond to the work of Purvi Shah. Tributaries first premiered at the Spirit Room in Fargo, North Dakota for the New Rivers Press Literary Festival in October content="516 ARTS 2006–2009" and was at 516 ARTS April 6 through May 12, 2007. Local IQ review

New Mexico artists featured in Tributaries, selected by Lisa Gill were Becky Holtzman, Kris Mills, Valerie Roybal and Suzanne Sbarge. New York artists selected by Purvi Shah are Fariba S. Alam, Nandini Chirimar, Chitra Ganesh and Srinivas Kuruganti.

At 516 ARTS:

Saturday, April 6, 6–8pm
Opening reception for Tributaries exhibition
Location: 516 ARTS
Admission: FREE
Info: 505-242-1445
Sunday, April 29, 4pm
516 WORDS: Poets Lisa Gill and Purvi Shah will give a reading and tour of the Tributaries exhibition.
Location: the upstairs gallery at 516 ARTS
Admission: FREE
Info: 505-242-1445

Related Events Nearby:

Friday, April 27, 8pm
A performance of poets Lisa Gill and Purvi Shah and their musical influences, with classical Khatak and avant garde music. The show will culminate in a collaboration with all five artists. All three musicians also participate in the Out of Context ensemble, conducted by J. A. Deane, featuring Jefferson Vorhees and Mustafa Stefan Dill.
Location: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE, Albuquerque
Admission: $15/$10 Outpost members
Info: 505-268-0044,
Saturday, April 28, 2pmPurvi Shah on the Intersection of Art and Poetry with Social Justice and Cultural Identity. Sponsored by the Feminist Research Institute.
Location: Humanities Building, Room 108 on UNM campus, Albuquerque
Admission: FREE
Info: Lisa Gill, 505-832-9145 or

For more information about the Tributaries events series, contact Lisa Gill, 505-832-9145,

Tributaries in the upstairs gallery of 516 ARTS coincided with Out of the Underground in the downstairs gallery, the 13th annual graduate art exhibition, juried by Laura Steward Heon, Director & Curator of SITE Santa Fe.

About the Poets

Lisa Gill

Moriarty poet Lisa Gill recently won a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Her first book Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist was published by La Alameda Press in 2002. Her second book, Trappist: Mortar & Pestle, poems responding to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, was published by New Rivers Press in content. In 1995 one of her short stories, Holding Zeno’s Suitcase in Kansas, Flowering, was selected by Tim O’Brien for first place in American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors, a New Rivers Press anthology, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has performed widely from the Taos Poetry Festival and Zerxfest to the Seattle Poetry Festival, the New Rivers Press Literary Festival and the Thomas McGrath Visiting Writers Series in Moorhead, Minnesota. She frequently collaborates with musicians and artists and designed the concept behind Tributaries.

Purvi Shah

Born in Ahmadabad, India, Purvi Shah currently she lives in New York City and serves as Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a community-based anti-domestic violence organization. Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent journals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Descant, Many Mountains Moving, and Weber Studies. She has also participated in the development of Asian American literature by acting as a poetry editor for the Asian Pacific American Journal for six years. During her undergraduate studies, she won the University of Michigan’s Virginia Voss Poetry Writing Award. She earned her MA in American Literature from Rutgers University. In her spare time, she learns Kathak, a North Indian classical dance form. Terrain Tracks is her first book.

image above: Made in India, Immigrant Song #3 by Nandini Chrimar