516 WORDS: Inch by Inch

516 WORDS: Inch by Inch

Part of the SAVOR Albuquerque Festival (June 6 - 17) www.savorabq.com

516 ARTS welcomes three poetry legends of New Mexico for an evening of poetry and saxophone. In conjunction with the Wendover Landing exhibition, Miriam Sagan will be reading from her work in progress, The Electric Palm Tree, written during two residencies with Center for Land Use Interpretation while living in a small unit in an abandoned air force base at the edge of a bombing range in Wendover, Utah. JB Bryan and John Brandi will perform a Haiku Jazz tribute to Nanao Sakaki, exploring the landscape component of Haiku and highlighting Sakaki's translations of Issa. The late Nanao was a unique Japanese poet, an ecology activist and wanderer. Bryan says, "In 1958 Jack Kerouac ended up in a recording studio with tenor saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. The first cut on the album is called American Haikus...I don't think either Cohn or Sims realized what they might be heralding, yet what they came up with was spontaneous and astute, casually succinct. I'd like to think John and I are part of this lineage...He and I have done this call and response a number of times and it's always different, as it should be."

Miriam Sagan founded and directs the Creative Writing program at Santa Fe Community College, and is the author of 25 books including Greatest Hits with Renée Gregorio and Joan Logghe (Tres Chicas Books, 2011 winner of New Mexico Book Award).

John Brandi, poet, painter and haijin, continues his experiments in words, works on paper and canvas, and in the soil of his El Rito garden. His latest book is Seeding the Cosmos: New & Selected Haiku (La Alameda Press).

JB Bryan, a painter, poet, publisher of La Alameda Press, and graphicologist for Outpost Performance Space, also plays saxophone. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Big Thank You (Tres Chicas Books) and Nothing But the Zone (Zerx Press).

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