Featured SwEP Author: Zachary Kluckman

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to Zachary Kluckman.

Zachary Kluckman’s, Some of It is Muscle, was published by Swimming with Elephants Publications in December 2013, making it the second collection released from SwEP

Pick up Zachary Kluckman’s, Some of It is Muscle, from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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Zachary Kluckman

262710_10200154892465990_1862870133_nA performance poet since 2006, Zachary Kluckman has been writing poetry for 25 years. He is a member of two consecutive Albuquerque National Poetry Slam Teams and has represented the city at the Individual World Poetry Slam.

A Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize, his work appears in print globally in such publications as the New York Quarterly and Cutthroat, as well as numerous anthologies. Featured on over 500 radio stations, with appearances on many of the nation’s most notorious stages, he is an accomplished spoken word artist. He serves as the Spoken Word Editor of the Pedestal. Twice recognized for making world history, he is the creator of the Slam Poet Laureate Program and an organizer for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program, the largest poetry reading in history.

His first collection of poems, Animals In Our Flesh, was published in 2012 by Red Mountain Press. He has a  collection titled, The Curious Circus, from Uncola Press. An activist and youth advocate, he lives in New Mexico with his four children.

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Featured SwEP Author: R.B. Warren

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to R.B. Warren.

R.B. Warren’s full length collection, Litanies Not Adopted, was published by Swimming with Elephants Publications in July in 2015.

Pick up R.B. Warren’s full length collection, Litanies Not Adopted, from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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R.B. Warren

Litanies Not AdoptedBob Warren is without credentials of any kind. He never graduated from anything, never received a diploma or certificate of completion from any sort of institution of either higher or lower learning.

At the age of thirteen, he stole all of his school records and spent that school year teaching himself at the Detroit Institute of Arts. He quit school at fifteen. At seventeen, he took part in his first civil rights march. At twenty-one, he was elected Unit Steward for the Operating Engineers.

Two decades later in Houston, he went to work at a poverty church. His jobs were to lead morning prayers and to beg food for 125 to 150 families a week. He was for nine years the Associate Director for the Albuquerque Storehouse. Subsequent to that, he was Resource Director for Habitat for Humanity in Valencia County.

He is married to Barbara Warren who came to the marriage with five kids who have somehow become 19 grandkids and 18 great-grandkids.

Pick up Litanies Not Adopted, Warren’s first collection of poetry, from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Featured SwEP Author: Danielle Smith

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to Danielle Smith.

Danielle Smith’s chapbook, Gnarly, was published by Swimming with Elephants Publications in July in 2015 as part of the student poetry series.

“Gnarly” is not what you expect: a collection of love poems, this is not an assemblage of sappy sonnets or couplets. Smith catches the reader off-guard with her close attention to sound, metaphor, and form as she explores the chambers of a bruised heart. Pumping out vivid imagery, there is music in these poems that should make you read each word carefully and out loud, relishing in Smith’s clever twists of language. A compendium of catharsis, ‘Gnarly’ will make you realize just how far you can fall in love with heartache.

Pick up Danielle Smith’s chapbook, Gnarly, from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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Danielle Smith

“Gnarly” is not what you expect: a collection of love poems, this is not an assemblage of sappy sonnets or couplets. Smith catches the reader off-guard with her close attention to sound, metaphor, and form as she explores the chambers of a bruised heart. Pumping out vivid imagery, there is music in these poems that should make you read each word carefully and out loud, relishing in Smith’s clever twists of language. A compendium of catharsis, ‘Gnarly’ will make you realize just how far you can fall in love with heartache.

Featured SwEP Author: Bill Nevins

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to Bill Nevins.

Bill Nevin’s collection, Heartbreak Ridge and Other Poems, was published by Swimming with Elephants Publications in August of 2014.

“Heartbreak Ridge is a campfire of the resistance, a place where all kinds of poems—from jeremiads, scourgings, and passionate rants to absolutely beautiful works of love and loss—gather between its covers. Bill Nevins is a truth-teller,and what he has to tell us about the last half century of American life and politics is a matter of highly charged poetic urgency.”

Terence Winch, author of Boy Drinkers,

“When New York Was Irish” and many other works of poetry, music and fiction.

Pick up Bill Nevin’s, Heartbreak Ridge and Other Poems, from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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 Bill Nevins

Bill Nevins grew up Irish Catholic near and in New York City in the 1950’s and 60’s. He moved to northern New England and raised his three children, one of whom, Special Forces SFC Liam Nevins, died in combat in Afghanistan in 2013. Bill has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1996.

His poetry has been published in Malpaís Review, Green Left Weekly, The Rag, Central Avenue, Sage Trail, Adobe Walls, Más Tequila Review, Special Forces Charitable Trust online, Maple Leaf Rag II, The Cornelian, KUMISS, and other publications. His journalism is found in The Guardian, Forward Motion, Z Magazine, RootsWorld, Hyper Active, Trend of Santa Fe, EcoSource, LOGOS, Thirsty Ear, ABQ ARTS, Local iQ, TM Transmission, The Celtic Connection, Irish American News, An Scathan/Celtic Mirror and other journals.

Bill continues to perform at Voices of the Barrio, Fixed and Free, Jules Poetry Playhouse, Sunday Chatter and other Albuquerque poetry gatherings. He has recently performed at SOMOS in Taos, NM and The Maple Leaf Readings in New Orleans.

Bill has retired from teaching and divides his time between homes in the towns of Albuquerque and Black Lake, New Mexico, and traveling.

Featured SwEP Author: Niccolea M. Nance

Swimming with Elephants Publications, LLC would like to reintroduce to you to Niccolea M. Nance.

SwEP worked with Niccolea M. Nance to create, For Those Who Outlast Their Pain, a collection of poetry about survival created for a project to help bring awareness to sexual assault. All profits above the cost of printing the book and shipping will go to further the cause. Proceeds will be divided between local women’s shelters, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and The Outlast Project.

Pick up Niccolea M. Nance’s, For Those Who Outlast Their Pain,from Bookworks ABQ during the month of April or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

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Niccolea M. Nance

nicNiccolea Miouo Nance is a poetartistamateur fire-spinner, and soon to be world traveler via sailboat. Niccolea’s published work, which she explains is drawn from personal life experiences and the stories of those closest to her, can be found in Borderline, a cutting-edge personapoetryjournal and Canyon Voices, an Arizona State University journal for emerging writers.

She also has two books published on Amazon – her self-published The Words I Hold, and the charity project For Those Who Outlast Their Painreleased by Swimming With Elephants Publications (the proceeds above printing and shipping will go to organizations that help women and sexual assault survivors).

You can read more about Niccolea on her web site: niccoleamnance.com