In a Word: Nepal



On April 25th, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake tackled the
country of Nepal. Over 8000 are dead, and counting. The country’s antiquated infrastructure was not built to withstand the natural disaster that left an already fragile economy flat, and many with our homes, food and water.

On Sunday, July 12th at 2pm, Inaugural Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy and acclaimed visual artist Joanne Lefrak host a fundraiser to benefit their newfound family and network still recovering from the quake. Two hundred (200) numbered, limited edition copies of Bellamy’s new book Prayer Flag Poems (Swimming With Elephants Publications) will go on sale at the event with all proceeds going directly to the organizations, schools and families that Bellamy and Lefrak befriended on their 2014 trip to Nepal. Lefrak (Director of Education at SITE Santa Fe) will join Bellamy at the July 12th event to share photos and context for their 2014 trip that began as a collaborative artistic project and resulted in an a life changing experience.

The event will also feature special guests Dr. David Stryker and UNM Economist Lee Reynis. Stryker and Reynis are Albuquerque residents who found themselves trekking the border between Nepal and China when the April 25th earthquake occurred. They
will share stories from their experience of being stranded for days after the earthquake, and their safe return to Albuquerque.

IN A WORD: NEPAL will be held at 2pm on July 12th, 2015 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History (2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104). This educational community event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Charitable donations can be made with cash, check or credit card at the event.

For more information please contact Hakim Bellamy at or

July 12 Nepal Flyer


Gina Marselle Bookworks Release This Weekend

Gina MarselleJoin us this weekend for the official release of Swimming with Elephants, LLC latest publication: A Fire of Prayer, a collection of poetry and photography from Gina Marselle.

The title will be released at Bookworks ABQ, Sunday March 29, 2015 at 3pm, accompanied with a reading by Ms. Marselle. Other SwEP authors will be on site to support the release of this new title.

Come out and join the fun! Support your local press, your local artists, and your local bookstore all in one swoop.


About the Author:

Gina Marselle, M.A.Ed, resides in New Mexico with her husband and children. She is a high school English teacher, and finds enjoyment in being creative through poetry, painting, and photography. She has been awarded three grants for various philanthropy poetic projects. In addition, she has published poetic work with The Sunday Poem Online Series, in the Alibi, the Rag, SIC3, Adobe Walls: An anthology of New Mexico poetry, Catching Calliope, Fix and Free Poetry Anthology I and II, and La Palabra Anthology I and II.

Gina reads her poetry at local coffee shops, art galleries, and has been a featured poet at the Church of Beethoven (now known as Sunday Chatter). She has one chapbook (self published) titled ‘Round Midnight (2012). Furthermore, she has coordinated the poetry event for the Summer Open Space Series sponsored by The City of Albuquerque since 2009. Currently, she is honored to be part of the collective La Palabra: The Word is a Woman, which is a writer’s collective founded by poet Jessica Helen Lopez.

Beyond poetry, she is an accomplished photographer. Her photos of New Mexico poets have been featured in the Santa Fe magazine Trend (March of 2011).She also photographed the cover of Jessica Helen Lopez’ poetry book, Always Messing With Them Boys (West End Press, 2011), and has her photography featured in September: traces of letting go a poetry book by Katrina K Guarascio (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2014).

A Fire of Prayer: A Collection of Poetry and Photography is her first full length collection.

Catching Calliope Book Release

Greetings and Salutations!

Catching Calliope FlyerYou are cordially invited to attend the book release for Swimming with Elephants Publications First Anthology: Catching Calliope Winter 2014.

Catching Calliope is a compilation of poetry from members and supporters of the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community.

During the March 8th edition of The Second Saturday Slam at Cafe Bella Coffee in Rio Rancho, you can pick up a copy for only $10. You can also get your copy on Amazon or CreateSpace if you will miss the evening festivities.

All proceeds from sales go to the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community.

Our goal is to sell 30 books at the release party to be able to pay for the New Mexico State Slam competition in May.

All contributors are entitled to a free copy which can also be picked up at that time.

We are fundraising in order to take the Sandstorm Slam Team to state, as well as other regional slams during the summer months, and ideally earn enough so we can register as an official non-profit.