Spotlight on Sarita Sol Gonzalez

saritasolmemeWhen I first met Sarita Sol Gonzalez (she must have been ten years old at the time), I remember being wrapped up in silent awe at the strength and earthquaking power such a young girl could exude. I, quite honestly, envied her, in that “I want to be Sarita when I grow up” kind of way; y’know the kind of envy that isn’t all green monster, all consuming? It was simply the “this girl is amazing and I’m going to step aside, but maybe hold her hand, lift it up, and shout her name from Sandia mountaintops just so everybody knows how amazing she is, too.”

Not that she needed much help in that. Her voice is one that carries without assistance, and her hands are held high enough on their own, with all the character of a young girl, now turned into a young lady, who speaks without shame or hesitation. Sarita Sol is my every wish for the future of performance poetry come true, not only because she performs with such character, but because she speaks with so. much. truth.

Perhaps this is because she doesn’t adhere herself to “slam trends”; instead, there is a constant flow of themes like ancestral and cultural pride, identity, evolution and change, and more, in Sarita’s writing. She speaks her truth, with a beautiful mix of metaphor and imagery, but as a youth writer, she isn’t just representing herself, or her community, but an entire slew of youth poets to come. Of course, you hear “raw talent” and “prodigy” thrown around a lot when it comes to youth poets, and this certainly isn’t a discredit to any who wear those words pressed to their hearts or allow them to escape their lips, but when it comes to Sarita, I wholeheartedly believe those words entirely apply. She has a whole list of accolades that support that, including being Swimming With Elephants Publications’ youngest author! 41sO02dIKJL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Sarita is that she began writing when she was seven years old — I, myself, have an eight year old who loves writing the most imaginative and silly illustrated stories, so I can only imagine the world through a seven-year-old-Sarita’s eyes. Now, at thirteen, she is still one of the youngest active members of the Albuquerque poetry community and, needless to say, she continues to absolutely slay, not only in her writing, but what she uses her writing and her voice for: community outreach, female empowerment, and, really, just utter divinity.

Some call her an old soul, but I call her a walking goddess of dreams come true. And for this, I still want to be Sarita Sol Gonzalez when I grow up; but I guess (considering I am what most consider to be grown already) I’ll settle on watching her grow up, and supporting her every effort to make her own dreams come true. And (here’s the selling point), you can, too! So won’t you consider donating to her education?

Or better, still, buy her book, so you can support her and dive deeply into the magical world of her writing. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

 

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Now Available: Catching Calliope Summer 2014

Editted SunflowerI am very excited for this edition. We have an eclectic array of poets, including several new voices and alongside some of my favorites from the local community. I am hoping all who contributed and are included in the pages of this anthology will be pleased with the outcome and their representation.

Catching Calliope Summer Edition 2014 is now available for order on Amazon and Createspace.

We will have copies available for all contributors at The Second Saturday Slam on August 9th at Café Bella Coffee in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. If you are unable to attend the release, please send us an applicable mailing address at your convenience and you will receive your copy in late August.

Thank you for your submissions and for your support of the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community. If you would like to learn more about our organization, please visit our blogsite and continue your support by picking up a copy of one of our previous published editions of Catching Calliope (available in the ABQ/Rio Rancho area and on Amazon.com).

Cover Art: Adrienne Smith

The Moon’s Gravity
~Reed Bobroff

Reflection
~Manuel Gonzalez

Skin Tags
~Levi J. Mericle

Alchemy
~Kai Coggin

Mothers
~ Sarita Sol

Through Their Eyes
~Josephine Barela

They Call It a Crush Because It Is Orange and Carbonated
~Rob Sturma

I wanna
~Gabriella Reyes

The Lost Boy who cried at the Moon
~ Alicia Borillo

Wind
~Jude Marx

Minerals
~Danielle Smith

Watermelon

~Josephine Barela

Second First Dates
~ John Parker

Despedida para Breaking Bad
~Reed Bobroff

Albuquerque, a Woman
~ Gangadharan Esakki

Willing My Body Parts
~Kai Coggin

Doublets
~Rob Sturma

Cigarette
~Lissa Baca

La Curendera
~Manuel Gonzalez

Louder Than the Color Red
~Megan Young

A Convenience Store Revisited
~Amoja Sumler

Deep Sea Ghost Divers
~John Parker

I dreamt you
~Katrina K Guarascio

It Should Have Been Me
~Tapestry

Remember
~Wil Gibson

Accepted for Catching Calliope Spring 2014

Thank you to those who submit to the Spring 2014 Edition of Catching Calliope! After careful review, the editors have chosen the following works in our Spring Edition. Our Spring Edition will be released in early May. Our next submission period will run from May 15th – June 15th. Like our page to stay updated.

Lady in the rain4,101~Victoria Alexander

A Triple Crown of Separation~Danielle Smith

Grandfather~Kirstina Ward

Tamales~Sarah Smithson

Or Flight~Jessica Helen Lopez

Grandpop’s House~Brooke Von Blomberg

Unabridged~Danielle Smith

Beth Road~Gina Falcone

First Memory~Zachary Kluckman

Primer~Damien Flores

I Take My Poet Friends to (Briefly) Meet My Dad              ~Jessica Helen Lopez

Write a Poem about It ~Mercedez Holtry

A Junkie like Me ~John S Blake

The Safety of Words ~Alicia Borillo

These Arms~Jesus Lucero

Cricket  ~Gina Falcone

A Ride Home~Emily Bjustrom

To the girl in my English class~Gabriella Reyes

Forty Turns of the Screw~Zachary Kluckman

Sadness is worn into his skin.~Sarah Smithson

An Unedited Heart~Gina Marselle

I Wish I could Fall in Love~SethWilson I. Gray

Death Bell ~Charles Sanzone-Wood

Sunsets                ~Bianca  Sanchez

Kites      ~Jasmine McSparren

Stardust~Amy Waltner

Left Not Right~Alicia Borillo

Love Cage~Susana Rinderle

We Were Never Really Any Good At Goodbyes ~Felicia Vigil

Aisle      ~Vogue Robinson

Wind Chime~Brooke Von Blomberg

Book Stained~SethWilson I. Gray

Outage ~ Jon Sturgess

Vapor~Charles Sanzone-Wood

River~Melissa Baca

Four~Gigi Bella

Morning ~Ryan Magee

Spring is an adolescent  ~Susana Rinderle

Now Available: To The Last Word

Swimming with Elephants Publications is proud to announce its newest publication: To the Last Word an anthology of poetry from the 2014 ABQ Unidos slam team. Currently the book is available through Createspace and Amazon.com

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To order from amazon:  To The Last Word

Or to order from creatspace: To The Last Word 

Featuring:

 
Victoria Alexander
SethWilson I. Gray
Bianca Sanchez
Sarah Smithson
Amy Waltner
Claire Wimborne

Cover Art design by Bianca Sanchez

All proceeds from the sales of this collection will go directly toward raising money for the 2014 ABQ Unidos Slam Team. Support the youth of ABQ while getting your hands on some great poetry. Available for Special Event Pricing at all Unidos Fundraising Events, Cafe Bella Coffee, and local bookstores.

Coming Soon: To The Last Word

To the Last Word

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an anthology of poetry compiled

for the members of the

2014 ABQ Unidos Team

 

Featuring:

 

Victoria Alexander

SethWilson I. Gray

Bianca Sanchez

Sarah Smithson

Amy Waltner

Claire Wimborne

All proceeds from the sales of this collection will go directly toward raising money for the 2014 ABQ Unidos Slam Team. Support the youth of ABQ while getting your hands on some great poetry. Available at all Unidos Fundraising Events, local bookstores, and Amazon.com beginning May 1, 2014,