Diane Thiel is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction and creative writing pedagogy including Echolocations (Nicholas Roerich Prize), Resistance Fantasies, The White Horse: A Colombian Journey and her translation of Alexis Stamatis’s novel, American Fugue (a project that received a 2007 NEA International Literature Award). Her work appears in many journals including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, is featured in over 40 major anthologies, and has been translated widely. Her awards include the Robert Frost and Robinson Jeffers Awards, and a Fulbright scholarship. She is a professor at UNM. 7, 15

Maresa Thompson has been active in the Albuquerque poetry community for more than 13 years. She was one of the executive producers of the successful 2005 National Poetry Slam. She is currently the organizer and host of Firestorm – Women’s Voices Rising, a women’s only open mic and poetry slam series. Maresa is also the co-host of MAS Poetry, an all-ages monthly poetry open mic and slam. 17, 19

Alex Traube is the founder and executive director of New Mexico CultureNet. He has a 30 year background as an artist, artist-in-the-schools, teacher, editor, and information technology consultant. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UNM, and Santa Fe Community College. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Grant. 4

Sal Treppiedi is an educator and has worked with kids for the past 16 years. While at the middle school level, he hosted “Coffeehouse” events, which featured local poets and musicians, as well as students, faculty, and family members sharing their talents. In 2005, Treppiedi, along with Danny Solis, founded VENT: Voices Emerging = New Thunder – The Annual Middle School Poetry Slam. He is currently completing work on his first book of poetry, which is entitled Random Thoughts of An Obese Mind.4, 6

John Tritica (together with Mary Rising Higgins) is a founding member of L)Edge – a poetry circle in Albuquerque. He is the translator of Swedish poet Niklas Törnlund: All Things Measure Time and the author of Rain Records Its Alphabet and Sound Remains. He teaches gifted students at Wilson Middle School. 15

richard vargas was born and raised in L.A. and surrounding area, graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach, studied under Gerald Locklin, and now resides in Albuquerque. He is the author of McLife and American Jesus. He is currently enrolled in UNM’s Creative Writing MFA program. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s daily radio show, Writers Almanac. 8, 13, 15

Mark Weber came into the world in the magic number 1953 in a place ye shall know as California—he lived there 32 years—then lived north of there for a little while then east to Ohio for a longer little while, then back west to Utah for two full planetary cycles then south to New Mexico in the year of our Ford 1991. 15

Sheri-D Wilson—The Mama of Dada—is internationally renowned for her jazz infused performance style laced with a dangerous wit. She has six collections poetry and a CD as well as four VideoPoems produced for BRAVO! TV. Of the beat tradition, Sheri-D studied at Naropa. Her reading highlights include: Bumbershoot, The World Poetry Bout 2002, Poetry Africa 2001, Shakespeare and Co., Vancouver International Writers Festival, Small Press Festival, Harbourfront Reading Series. In 2003 she won the title Heavyweight of Poetry for the USA in a Bumbershoot Bout against Andrei Codrescu. She is the artistic director of the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. 17, 20, 21, 22

Rachelle Woods co-hosts Poets for Peace readings, a writing group, a contact improv dance jam, and is a winner of the Southwest Literary Center’s Discovery Award. Her work has appeared in the rag, Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, Sin Fronteras, the Santa Fe Literary Review, the anthologies Audible Fire, The Harwood Anthology, Earthships and more. 15, 19

Chris Wrenn grew up in Tennessee, the son of a preacher-strongman. His poems explore the religious, cultural and labor identities that inform the Southeastern experience. He is currently the editor of Blue Mesa Review. 1, 5, 10, 15

Christina Socorro Yovovich is a MFA student in poetry and nonfiction at UNM. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in River Styx, Blue Mesa Review, and Broken Bridge Review. 5, 7

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