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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DomeFest 2008 Comes Home: October 14th

The ARTS Lab produced juried show for fulldome work premiered to capacity crowds at Chicago's famed Adler Planetarium -- and has since been seen in cities around the world.

We're proud to share DomeFest with our friends at home, with the support of the City of Albuquerque and in association with Motion08 with public showings at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM; $10 suggested donation.
More info at:

What: DomeFest 2008
When: Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 and 8:30 PM
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation
Where: NM Museum of Natural History and Science
1801 Mountain Road, NW
See Map Here
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NMITSA 10/7: The ROI of Leadership

NMITSA Membership October Luncheon Features Author Michael Shenkman
"The ROI of Leadership" Subject Of Talk

[Albuquerque, NM, SEP 30, 2008] ­ The New Mexico Information Technology anand Software Association (NMITSA), the state¹s largest advocacy group for IT &
software related business, announced today that author and mentorship
evangelist Michael Shenkman will be the featured speaker at the October
membership luncheon on Thursday October 9th, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the
Flying Star Café downtown on 723 Silver SW.

What are the qualities that distinguish a great company from a good one;
that lead to continued success, year after year?  Michael Shenkman, author
of "Leader Mentoring" and "The Arch and the Path: The Life of Leading
Greatly" encourages business to consider returns from the "immediate,
day-to-day, across-the-board impacts" of leadership when looking at their
bottom line:

"Every company today competes increasingly on its value proposition and the
ways it is able to differentiate from the competition and away from
commoditization. Value gets created in the development of products and
services, in the right hiring and development of talent, in strategic market
positioning to name a few of the big ones," Shenkman said.

"But the real value that feeds into all of these is what leaders bring to
the enterprise with their compelling visions, and their ability to integrate
disparate ideas and solutions into competitive advantages, and their energy
in driving cross-functional innovation," he said.

The event is free to NMITSA Members, $25.00 to other guests.

# # #

About Michael Shenkman:

Michael Shenkman, Ph.D., is founder and president of the Arch of Leadership,
a leader mentoring company. This article was adapted from his new book, The
Arch and The Path, the Life of Leading Greatly (Sandia Heights Media, 2004)
For more information, visit the Arch of Leadership Website.


The New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association (NMITSA) is
poised to become a nationally-recognized information technology and software
industry advocacy organization by providing focused, value-added services
and initiatives to both industry and associate members. While programming is
targeted to commercial enterprises that operate in the software, computer
hardware, internet-related and telecommunications sectors, New Mexico's
entire business community stands to significantly benefit from NMITSA's
organizational presence.

Through the delivery of focused programming to the business communities
operating within its purview, NMITSA is strengthening corporate
competitiveness and linkages, enhancing New Mexico's high-tech workforce,
and assisting in the development of core competencies among its members.

NMITSA firmly believes that only a full-time regional information technology
association (RITA) can raise the competitiveness and presence of New
Mexico's IT sector relative to other competitor regions throughout the
United States and the world.

New Mexico possesses unique information technology resources, and there is
an urgent need to leverage these assets for commercial success. As the
state's only regional information technology association, NMITSA is now
positioned to lead and unify the information technology sectors, and to
advance the agendas of private sector-oriented IT enterprises. In
collaboration with other generalist business organizations, NMITSA will
serve the IT business community and promote business-friendly public
policies for its members.

To achieve these goals, it is imperative that the association attracts
investment from both its industry and associate members. In so using these
funds to broaden its professional services and formalize its role in the
state, the association will enhance the national competitiveness of New
Mexico and stimulate sectors of our economy that are increasingly important.

NMITSA is the regional member in the Council of Regional Information
Technology Associations <> . CRITA is the world's
largest IT and Tech-oriented association with more than 20,000 member
companies in more than 50 member associations.

NMITSA is also affiliated with the Information Technology Association of
America <> .

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SCAD @ Motion08: Free Workshops for Students!

Motion 08/motionfest has some really exciting programming coming our way -- now including the folks from Savannah College of Art and Design. Here are a few details...

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) at motionfest 08 
We’re teaching 4 ‘real world’ classes so you can experience what it’s like to study at our college.
it’s free* 
Sunday: October 12 
Albuquerque Convention Center (Lower Level) 
12:00 PM until 6:00 PM 
motionfest is a full day of animation sessions and events for everyone - from the pros to elementary school kids and is free to the public. 

We are teaching 4 classes in animation, motion graphics, or a related digital media content area. Each class uses actual lessons from our curriculum. Sessions start at noon in our classroom in the lower level of the Albuquerque Convention Center. Make sure to arrive early to get the best seat. Seating is limited and you must have your ticket* to be admitted.

Be sure to catch one of the special screenings of the animated feature: Romeo and Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss. Director and animator, Phil Nibbelink will be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs and draw for the audience.

Bring your friends and family and make it a day.

*Tickets are required for all sessions and events. Get yours online at:

[Gfx-cafe] GFX Cafe Seminar Friday Sept 26, 2008

GFX Café Seminar Friday September 26, 2008
12noon - 1:15pm, ECE 118

Food will be served

Forty Years of Graphics APIs
by Ed Angel, UNM ARTS Lab, Professor Emeritus of CS, ECE, and MA

For the last fifteen years, OpenGL has been the standard application
programmer's interface (API) to access the capabilities of graphics
systems for students and researchers. The recent release of OpenGL 3.0
promises to lead to major changes in how we write graphics applications,
how we teach computer graphics, and in what we expect in future APIs.

In this talk, I will review how the standard APIs (OpenGL, DirectX,
Renderman) have evolved and examine many of the underlying issues

- What makes a good API?
- Does the hardware drive the API or visa versa?
- What is the influence of the CS community on the API?
- Why is OpenGL 3.0 such a radical change?

Edward Angel is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University
of New Mexico and Director of the Art, Research, Technology and Science
Laboratory (ARTS Lab). Until July 2007, he was Professor of Computer
Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Media Arts at UNM and
Director of both the ARTS Lab and the Arts Technology Center in the
College of Fine Arts. Professor Angel is the first UNM Presidential
Teaching Fellow. He received B.S. from the California Institute of
Technology in 1964 and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California
in 1968. He has held academic positions at the University of California at
Berkeley, the University of Southern California, and the University of
Rochester. Professor Angel came to UNM in 1978. He was Associate Chair
of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1982-85) and
Chair of the Computer Science Department (1985-88). He has held visiting
positions at the Lund Institute of Technology (Sweden), the Indian
Institute of Science Bangalore India (Senior Fulbright Lecturer),
University College London and Imperial College (London). He has also held
a variety of joint appointments ranging from Biomathematics (USC) to
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Rochester) to Electrical and Computer
Engineering and Media Arts (UNM).

His present research interests are in computer graphics and scientific
visualization. He has supported graduate students working in volume
visualization, virtual reality, and masssively parallel computing.
His main teaching interests have been in Computer Graphics. The fifth
edition of his textbook Interactive Computer Graphics was published in
Spring, 2008. The third edition of his book, the OpenGL Primer, was
published in 2006.

Professor Angel was the Principal Investigator of the NSF funded Digital
Pueblo Project which combined Arts and Technology to promote economic
development among the communities in New Mexico through collaborative
graphics and animation projects. Recently, Professor Angel led a group
of UNM faculty who were awarded $3M from the State of New Mexico to build
the Art, Research, Technology, and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab) at UNM.
The ARTS Lab is a unique interdiscplinary center with educational,
research, and economic development activities that span the range of
digital media. He also serves on the Governor's Council on Film and Media

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Ecotone Physical Theatre: Quarantine @ Q-Staff

From Kevin Paul at Ecotone...

Greetings.  This is just a reminder that Ecotone Physical Theatre will
perform "Quarantine" this Thursday and Friday, September 25-26 at
7:30pm at Q-Staff Theatre.  The theatre is located at 4819 Central Ave
SE.  Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.  Seating
is limited, reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling

Quarantine is a work of fully improvised dance theatre and music.  All
performances are unique.  It's a work in Ecotone's signature style,
that is to say, full of slapstick dramedy, impish physicality, angular
sonority and no small bit of absurdity.

The company is comprised of dancers, musicans and actors, specifically
Donna Jewell, Kevin Paul, Rufus Cohen, Mary Margaret Moore, Lisa
Nevada, Jessica Searer, Susan Skeele and Bill Clark, as well as
costume designer Stacia Smith.  Lighting design is by Gabriel Paul.

Hope you can make it.  Thanks for your consideration.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Poofy's Den of Lust (and stuff): Sept 27 @ Orpheum

The inimitable Poofy du Vey returns to the local stage with some of her closest friends.

WHEN: Saturday, September 27th @ 9:00 PM
WHERE: Orpheum Art Space, 500 2nd Street, SW
$$$: $8 Students; $10 Adults
INFO: write for tix and more information

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pajama Men are back at STOVE: 10/4 - 11/22

Pajama Men set a blazing fire of jokes at Stove.

Albuquerque’s beloved comedy duo Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen will hit the stage every Saturday night, raising the roof with an improvised tornado of ha-ha. Featuring different local bands each week and an army of visual artists, Improvviso is sure to be a hot ticket. Based on audience suggestions, the amazing Pajama Men will create and destroy strange worlds populated by even stranger characters and bring free association to electric Kool-Aid levels, all in the comfort of a beer-serving urban art gallery.
What: Pajama Men and Friend(s) in IMPROVVISO
Live Improv Comedy and Tunes

When: Every Saturday night – October 4 thru November 22
Doors open at 8:30, Shows start at 9:00

Where: STOVE
114 Morningside NE
1 blk north of Central, west of Washington
(505) 232-0640 for reservations

$$$ $15 general $12 Stu/Sen
“One of the most dazzling displays of comedy theatre I’ve ever seen. It’s weird. And it’s wonderful.” Five Stars
London Times

“Allen and Chavez’s comic high energy recalls the edgy, manic talent of Robin Williams, but with more heart and whimsy.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez virtually paralyze the audience with laughter. Folks could be dying out there, unable to breathe between sobs of hilarity, and they would just keep going.”
Globe and Mail

“Whip-smart and able to turn on the thinnest of dimes, Allen and Chavez are improvisers’ improvisers. Actors’ actors. Comedians’ comedians.”
Chicago Tribune

Local Indie Premieres Sunday 9/21 at the Kimo

"Hide" to screen at "Legal Hawks" premiere this Sunday, Sept. 21

The latest Trifecta+ short film, Hide, written and directed by Scott Milder and starring Sequoia Adams Price and Ross Kelly, will hit the screen this Sunday, Sept. 21, at the KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque as part of the premiere of Legal Hawks, a new comedy pilot produced by A+1 Productions. Trifecta+ cinematographer Corey Weintraub was behind the camera for both projects, which were produced with help and crews from the Central New Mexico Community College Film Technician Training Program.

The event, which is being sponsored by the city of Albuquerque, will begin at 7 p.m. and is free of charge. Donations will go to help a local firefighter.
Original press release from A+#1 Productions:Local Filmmakers to Preview Independent Television Pilot
On September 21st, local Production Company A+#1 Productions will be previewing their independent television pilot "LEGAL HAWKS" at the historic KIMO theatre in downtown Albuquerque at 7pm.

The year is 1986 and a new television network called Fox is desperate for content. They approach the biggest hair band of the era, Von Holland, to do a weekly concert show. Von Holland decides instead to do a legal drama, and "Legal Hawks" the series is born.

"Legal Hawks" was written and directed by Josh Klein, and stars local actors Isaac Kappy and Ross Kelly. Also appearing in the show are Bill Sterchi, newcomer April Fox, Reuben Finkelstein, Shenoah Allen, Mark Chavez, David Kappy, and Victor Izay. The pilot was shot by local cinematographer Corey Weintraub. "Legal Hawks" was produced by Isaac Kappy.

Students from CNM's film training program worked alongside industry professionals during the making of the pilot. Much of the talent in front of and behind the camera are responsible for the 2007 National Film Challenge winning short film "Time Cougars".

The screening will be held on September 21st at 7pm at the KIMO theatre is free of charge and open to the public. However, the filmmakers will be using the event as a fundraiser for a Farmington fireman whose family is grappling with financial duress after medical complications that led to the loss of their unborn child.

Also showing at the screening will be the premiere of "Hide," the latest short film from Trifecta+ Entertainment, directed by Scott Milder, and "Time Assassins," a short film directed by Reuben Finkelstein.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

[Gfx-cafe] GFX Cafe Seminar Friday Sept 19, 2008

GFX Café Seminar Friday September 19, 2008
12noon, ECE 118

Food will be served

Computer Vision in Archaeology: Recent Case Studies
by Kevin Cain
Director, Institute for Study and Integration of Graphical
Heritage Techniques


Computing for archaeology is a study in contrasts: graphics and vision
techniques are still somewhat exotic, but interesting (and difficult)
problems abound! In this talk, we'll present a snapshot of current
needs in archaeology, framing the discussion with results from the past
seven seasons of field work at the memorial temple of Ramses II in
Egypt. Topics include: 3d representations of ancient sites, large
scale orthomosaics of inscribed wall surfaces, lighting capture,
relighting, and site reconstructions. We'll also take a look at efforts
to present archaeological results in novel environments, including a new
NSF 'full dome' film project /Maya Skies/ and a large digital projection
installation in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

Aiming to cross-pollinate computer vision with traditional
archaeological techniques, Kevin Cain heads INSIGHT. Mr. Cain has
organized digital cultural heritage projects in collaboration with a
diverse group of organizations, including: the Louvre Museum (Paris),
the American Research Center in Egypt (Cairo), the Institute for
Nautical Archaeology (Alexandria), the Egyptian Antiquities Dept. of the
British Museum (London), the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian Art Dept.
(New York), the American Museum of Natural History (New York), the
Egyptian Antiquities Information Service (Cairo), and the US National
Parks Service.

Kevin's current interests include computational imaging, stereo vision and
applications of computer graphics & computer vision in archaeology. As
director of INSIGHT, Kevin has initiated a strong partnership with the
non-profit CyArk digital cultural heritage network. Kevin has also
maintained affiliate status with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
(ECAI) at the University of California at Berkeley. When possible, Kevin
has worked on outside projects such as laser scanning for Star Wars
Episode II, realtime graphics programming for the startup Photon Factory,
and architectural visualization for Kevin served as
Director of Computer Arts at the Academy of Art University in San
Francisco in the late 1900s when the program grew into the largest visual
computing program in the United States, with more than 1500 students.
Mr. Cain was responsible for developing the curriculum for both
undergraduate and graduate students. Mr. Cain has also served as Chair
for yearly New Media Colloquia (1995 -- 2005) where lecturers have
included: Brenda Laurel, Joseph Lambert, Nick Philip, Chris Landreth,
Charles Ostman, Jon Tojek, and Paul Debevec.

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Double Vision @ ARTS Lab & CCA

Where: ARTS Lab, University of New Mexico 131 Pine St. NE, Albuquerque, NM
When: 09.18.08 - 09.19.08 [Thurs - Fri]
Cost: $8 students / $12 general

DOUBLE VISION, a San Francisco based intermedia performance group, will be performing at ARTS Lab at the University of New Mexico. The group will be showcasing a hybrid of contemporary dance, live video, and electronic music. Among the pieces to be shown is Big Timber, CHOP! CHOP! a performance that integrates live sound and animation to tell the tale of two characters, Conuton Valve and Coon Dog, who journey from New York to California in the quest for gold and the Plasma Cloud. The night will also include the dance work Thicket which features six dancers shifting through sonic electroacoustic landscapes, inspired by the perturbations of cockroaches traversing rough terrains. The total event will embrace the cutting edge in art, technology, and performance.

DOUBLE VISION's 4x60 Tour involves 10 performers, 5000 miles and 5 weeks of experimental and contemporary events that blend dance, video, sound, and installation. Nearly five years old, the company has performed in Bay Area venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater and the notorious Autonomous Mutant Festival.

ARTS Lab at the University of New Mexico is an interdisciplinary center for developing creative relationships connection Art, Science, and Technology in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

DOUBLE VISION Artists: Blaine Bookey, Sean Clute, Amanda Crawford, David Holton, Pauline Jennings, Wendy Marinaccio, Jennifer Mellor, Cecelia Peterson, Rebecca Wilson.
Following their shows here, Double Vision can also be seen in Santa Fe the next evening:

What: Oscillate/Osculate
Where: CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM
When: 09.20.08 [Saturday ongoing] 5PM
Cost: $7 [Members], $10 [Non-Members]

DOUBLE VISION, a San Francisco based intermedia performance group, will be performing at Oscillate/Osculate, a monthly experimental art series at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. The group will be producing a night of ongoing performances including interactive dance, multiple live video projections, installations, and electronic music. Attendees can freely roam amongst the performers whose actions are at times subject to the rules of Conway’s cellular automata algorithm known as the “Game of Life.” The result is a high-energy, chaotic, and immersive multimedia happening. DOUBLE VISION will also be collaborating with local Santa Fe artists in a guerrilla media installation fun house.

DOUBLE VISION's 4x60 Tour involves 10 performers, 5000 miles and 5 weeks of experimental events that blend dance, video, sound, and installation. Nearly five years old, the company has performed in Bay Area venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater and the notorious Autonomous Mutant Festival.

Oscillate/Osculate is CCA’s monthly performance series committed to presenting thought provoking performances of music, performance art, new media, sound and video art, poetry, and categories of art which are yet to be described, by emerging and established artists living and working in the Southwest.

DOUBLE VISION Artists: Blaine Bookey, Sean Clute, Amanda Crawford, Jessica Gomula, David Holton, Pauline Jennings, Chris Kruzic, Wendy Marinaccio, Jennifer Mellor, Cecelia Peterson, Rebecca Wilson

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sound & Animation, tonight @ ARTS Lab

Tonight we're especially please to welcome our friend Michael Shorr to the ARTS Lab for this month's AniMotion NM talk. Hope to see you there!
Sound Design

Where: ARTS Lab
When: Sep 9, 2008 07:00 PM –08:30 PM

Great film makers like Spielberg and Lucas say that at least half the impact of their films comes from the sound and music. Many in Hollywood point out that music is so important because it tells (or tries to tell) the audience how they are supposed to feel about what's happening on screen.

Join sound designer Michael Shorr as he discusses sound design for animation and motion graphics. Explore the process of collaboration between the animator and the composer to get the music that serves your vision and enhance the emotional content. Discover other functions music plays in moving images.

Michael Shorr is the founder and Creative Director of Chocolate Strawberry Studios , a company which creates innovative music for new paradigm marketing. Michael's music has been used in feature films, commercials, documentaries, advertising jingles, web media and multimedia. He is Adjunct Professor of Music at UNM Taos, appears weekly on the nationally-syndicated radio program Art of the Song and is a Summa Cum Laude degree from Berklee College of Music..

See you on there!

131 Pine St NE
near central and university
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[Gfx-cafe] GFX Cafe Seminar Friday Sept 12, 2008

The GFX Café is back to kickoff another exiting semester!

GFX Cafe Seminar Friday September 12, 2008
12noon - 1:15pm, ECE 118

Food will be served

Best of SIGGRAPH 2008
by Pradeep Sen, UNM Advanced Graphics Lab

In this presentation, I will review some of the papers that stood out
from this year's SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. It's a good way
to catch up on the latest in graphics research!

Pradeep Sen is a faculty member in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer
Engineering at UNM, with a joint appointment in Computer Science. He is
member of the UNM Advanced Graphics Lab, and his research interests
include computer graphics, computer vision, imaging and visualization.

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

BarCamp Albuquerque is a week away -- and almost full

Hey everyone...

It's been great to see something of a revitalization of local software and web development; without a strong group of people doing cool things with programming, growing our local game development and media technology communities will be pretty difficult. 

So, please check out the BarCamp Albuquerque wiki page, and see if you can participate.  I think it'll be really fun.

From Reid Givens at the Refresh Albuquerque group...
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: reidgivens <>
Date: Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 12:44 PM
Subject: BarCamp Albuquerue is a week awayand almost full
To: Refresh Albuquerque <>

Well, the day is closing in on us. BarCamp Albuquerque is on Saturday
September 13th and Sunday  the 14th. All of the presentation slots are
almost full (or they already are if every who "might" present does),
but there is still room for a few more non-presenting people.

In addition to the presentations there will also be some roundtable
discussions and other activities, so there will always be something to
learn. The power of our community and this event will grow
by everyone just making an effort, so If you know anyone who is on the
fence about coming, please give them a little push :).

This is shaping up to be a great even, so polish off you presentations
if your making one and lets all get together and have fun.

Please check the BarCamp wiki at
to make sure you are signed up, see any changes or to give feedback to
those who have asked for it.

See You In a Week !!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Regie Cabico in Local IQ

Coming up next week at ARTS Lab (Friday, 9/12 at 10 PM), we're really excited about featured performer Regie Cabico.

The Local IQ has more:
Arthur Miller, Stephen King, Amy Tan and…Regie Cabico?
Who is Regie Cabico other than a featured performer at STIR, the poetry festival that is descending upon the Duke City on September 12-14? Well, in the span of a half-hour interview with Local iQ, Cabico touched on items as serious as the award he received for conducting poetry workshops at Bellevue Hospital to items as humorous as his sketch comedy productions with creative partner, Aileen Cho. (See The Gene Pool, Queer Shoulder to the Wheel, U-Hauls, Bridesmaids & Backwards Mountain and Crouching Cabico, Hidden Cho.)
The three-time National Poetry Slam finalist has also received the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Performance Art Production (2006) and will be staging his one man show in Albuquerque on September 12 at 10p in the UNM Arts Technology Lab, as part of STIR: A Festival of Words. As the interview began, I was curious as to when an aristocratic literary publication like Poets & Writers began recognizing great achievements in performance art?

"I was shocked because I don’t have a book and, like, Arthur Miller, Stephen King and Amy Tan got this award," Cabico said. "The award is about serving writers and it’s for writers who have helped other writers. So my work ... working at Bellevue Hospital is what they were honoring, and I feel that a lot of spoken word poets (and) slam poets are community-oriented. I mean you have to be community oriented if you’re doing slam because you love the word. I’m sure not everyone feels this way but to me it is a democratic community, the art of slam.

"So for me, I like to teach it because there are very few poets who could teach performance as well as writing," Cabico continued. "I can do both and I understand both. Giving that gift — to teach ... at Bellevue — was historical and groundbreaking because psychiatrists don’t know about slam, they know painting. But painting is not as dangerous … It was just nice to be this slam poet, among other things, but also just being very young and not being Amy Tan, probably the opposite of Amy Tan, so it was great."
For more information, visit Harwood Art Center online. See the entire STIR schedule, get a festival pass and see some of the other poets from across the United States and Canada, including New Mexico’s own Joy Harjo.

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