516 WORDS: Judge for Yourself

516 WORDS: Judge for Yourself

presented in partnership with the Local Poets Guild

516 ARTS presents a poetry reading in celebration of National Poetry Month in conjunction with the New Mexico Showcase juried exhibition. The reading features New Mexico poets from the fields of Law, Politics, Environmental Advocacy and Education. Join us to find out how work informs poetry and whether poetry can work for New Mexico.  this event is organized by Lisa Gill, 516 ARTS Literary Arts Coordinator.


Poets April 2012

Erin Northern
is currently a kindergarten teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools and the founder and co-organizer of OUTSpoken, Albuquerque's first Queer Poetry Slam and Open Mic.

Raymond Zachary Ortiz is a District Court Judge and has just released his first book of poems, We Had More to Say: Poems from the Pilgrimage Road. A native of Santa Fe, his family and ancestors have lived in Northern New Mexico for over four centuries.

Bill O'Neill is currently in his second term as State Representative in the New Mexico State Legislature, and also works as the Development Director for the Parole Empowerment Program.

Beata Tsosie-Peña is the Program Coordinator for the Environmental Health and Justice Program at Tewa Women United, which includes youth-focused and intergenerational activities. Her first publication was a report for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).


516 WORDS is made possible in part by Arturo Sandoval in memory of Anna Kavanaugh Sandoval.