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Bookwork Book Release: Mary and Aja Oishi’s Rock Paper Scissors

Mother daughter poets, Mary & Aja Oishi, read from their new Swimming With Elephants Publications collection, Rock Paper Scissors.

 

“…this collection carries both the beauty of human resilience and the searing pain of postatomic burning carnage. The poetry, like hope, is an obstinate and sturdy survivor, for ‘what could i do but write songs.’ These verses often push the envelope, asking questions that make more sense than our grammar. ‘are you out there in the stealth night on the edge of blue? listening/ are you loving me for sending you this fix of heartbreak/ slid down metal, taut and wound. electric. are you?’ …haunting, resonant odes and the rhythmic power of promises and truth, poems spread across Hiroshima and Barcelona, Laos and Albuquerque. These poems bring the world into a familial embrace, but spit out the naked power of truth, both personal and political, as if it were a well-chewed chicken bone, gnawed raw. Through it all, this mother-daughter poetic duo reminds us that, in the beauty of human hope, ‘nothing sacred can be lost.’”

–Carmen Tafolla, State Poet Laureate of Texas

 

Mary Oishi has two poetic voices: one stark and simple like that of her Japanese ancestors, and one that echoes the rhythms of preachers from her upbringing by her American father’s fundamentalist relatives. Both voices sing her songs of truth and social justice. She is the author of Spirit Birds They Told Me (2011) and is one of twelve U.S. poets in 12 Poetas: Antologia De Nuevos Poetas Estadounidenses (2017), a project of the Mexican Ministry of Culture. Her poems have appeared in Mas Tequila Review, Malpais Review, Harwood Anthology, Sinister Wisdom, and other print and digital publications. Oishi is a public radio personality since 1996, most at KUNM-FM Albuquerque, where she hosts The Blues Show.

Aja Oishi lives in northern New Mexico. Her writing draws from ecology, anthropology, and the years she spent in Spain, Japan, and New Zealand. She revels in the uncaged world and makes a living (and a life) by fighting for prisoners as an appellate public defender. This is her first collection of poetry.

 

Event date:
Friday, June 8, 2018 – 6:00pm
Event address:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
AlbuquerqueNM 87107

Pick up this new release from Bookworks ABQ or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Already own a copy? Please write a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, or submit a review to swimwithelephants@gmail.com for publications on this site.

 

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Welcome New Author

KristianKristian Ashley Macaron writes about pirates, whales, wolves, folktales, deserts, volcanoes, hurricanes, planets, and her life, of course, in which adventure is constant. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she received her MFA from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and thus melded her love for the colorful Southwest with the stunning New England coast.

Her fiction has appeared in The Winter Tangerine Review volume 3 and Lightning Cake Journal. She is a staff writer for online journal The Bellows American Review. Her poetry has been published online in Philadelphia Stories and was performed on stage at the University of New Mexico in the 2008 production of “Full Frontal Poetry.”

She has taught scriptwriting at the Emerson College Pre-College Creative Writers’ Workshop, and is currently part-time English faculty at the University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus.

Macaron’s chapbook, Storm, is now available via our on line distributors. Upcoming releases and events will be posted.


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Now Available: …but my friends call me Burque

Burque…but my friends call my Burque
Poetry by Manuel Gonzalez
Available at Amazon and Createspace for $10.95.
Available at SwEP events at discount pricing.

About the collection:

The first complete collection from beloved New Mexico poet Manuel Gonzalez contains many of his most popular performance pieces along with poems he has used and shared in classrooms throughout the state.

Manuel states:  “I’m proud to be from New Mexico, and to me it’s more than just green chile and desert. It’s seeing the value of famila and respect. It’s the Rio Grande valley and Santuario de Chi-mayo. It is feasts, dance, poetry and prayer.”

This collection honors New Mexico, her traditions and her beauty.


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Coming Soon: Catching Calliope

Catching Calliope Full Page 3Catching Calliope

an anthology of poetry complied by the members and supporters of the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community

Contributing Authors

Victoria Alexander
Hakim Bellamy
Emily Bjustrom
Alicia Borillo
Benjamin Bormann
Rich Boucher
Matthew Brown
Carlos Contreras
Damien Flores
Daisy Garcia
SethWilson I Gray
Katrina K Guarascio
Atira Kennedy
Zachary Kluckman
Jessica Helen Lopez
Jesus Lucero
Ryan Magee
Gina Marselle
Princess McDowell
Jasmine McSparren
Christian Page
Gabrielle Reyes
Rachel Rounsville
Sarah Smithson
Felicia Vigil
Claire Wimborne

Compiled and Edited by members of the
Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community and featuring the beautiful cover art of Rachel Rounsville.