516 WORDS: Queer in Color

Thursday, October 26, 2023 6pm – 7:30pm


Online registration 
In-Person registration

516 ARTS, in partnership with The Syndicate ABQ and UNM African American Student Services, presents a poetry reading spotlighting diverse voices and celebrating the kaleidoscope of the queer experience. Curated by acclaimed poet J. Gourdin, the evening provides a platform for identities to converge and communities to connect It includes a DJ and hor d'ouvres, courtesy of The Syndicate. 

Performers include: 

Monice Aguilar was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a degree in the medical field. One of her major passions is writing and interacting with poetry among her community. She enjoys performing spoken word poetry and hopes to compose a short collection of personal poems in the future, that center around the black identity and black female experience.

Sierra Dedmon is a first-year student at the University of New Mexico. She originally is from Portland, Oregon but is proud to now call New Mexico home. Sierra is passionate about archiving her growth as a writer through poetry. 

Darius James is a freshman English major at the University of New Mexico. He moved to New Mexico from Lakewood, Washington to pursue a higher education. Darius has been writing since he was 15 and has cultivated the ambition to pursue a level of mastery in all forms of writing but especially poetry and narrative storytelling. 

Curating the program, J. Gourdin is a spoken word poet, equity instructor, and creative scholar. Their writing is inspired by vignettes of Black homelife and explores the power of belonging. J is a PhD student at the University of New Mexico bridging their poetic efforts with the field of Sociology.