This will probably be my last post before the opening and I wanted to make sure you all had this information. 1st, there has been a schedule change for the Irish teen players. They will be at Home Planet Cafe from 1:00 to 2:00 instead of 2:00 to 3:00.
Open Hands will have a truck on site for donations. If you are wanting to clear your garage for a really good cause, please bring your items to La Tienda on Saturday.
Esperanza Shelter will be at the center from 10:00 to 5:00 (maybe longer but they're not sure yet). They have a very real need for items off of their wish list and if you can help, it would mean the world to some folks who have had a pretty rough time of it. Click here for the Esperanza wish list.
We are delighted and very grateful that the Gaming Lounge (on St. Michaels Drive behind Carl's Junior) has agreed to sponsor the teen gaming from 6:00 to 8:00. If you have teens, let them know about this place. It's pretty incredible and very affordable.
Finally, here are brief bios of the poets who will be presenting a round robbin reading at Beyond Borders Books from 4:00 - 5:00.
Lindsay Ahl is the author of the novel Desire, published by Coffee House Press, which was said by Booklist to be "nothing less than a tour de force." She was a Fellow at Bread Loaf in 2004. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in BOMB Magazine, Fiction Magazine, Global City Review, The Brooklyn Rail, From the Fishouse Anthology, and many others. She edits the Bliss Lit section of Bliss Magazine and has published interviews with such poets as W.S. Merwin, Jim Harrison, A. Van Jordan and others.
Ann Filemyr is the author of two chapbooks, Skin on Skin (2000) and Journey of Hags (1982), and a book collaboration, Thinking (1987). She is an herbalist, poet, educator, and artist. Ann is the Academic Dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts, contributor to their Creative Writing Program, and before that, Professor of Cultural & Interdisciplinary Studies at Antioch College in Ohio.
Jenice Gharib is a writer of essays, reviews, feature stories, poetry and plays. Her work has appeared in publications such as Vision Magazine, Not Enough Night and Sin Fronteras. Two of her short plays - Some Kiss We Want and The Dressing Room - have been produced. Her day jobs have included editing a monthly magazine, running a literary center, and managing a theater. She now works for the state arts agency where one of the projects she manages is the New Mexico portion of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
Michelle Laflamme-Childs, is a poet, essayist, and arts administrator currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a BA from UMASS Amherst, an MA from St. John’s College, and is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas, El Paso. Michelle has published a chapbook entitled Love & Lovers, and is currently working on a book-length manuscript.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. OMG I can't believe its finally here!