Collected Works | Senator Bill O’Neill, Michelle Otero, & Manuel Gonzalez

Collected Works | Senator Bill O’Neill, Michelle Otero, Nasario Garcia, & Manuel Gonzalez

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April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Collected Works presents three New Mexico poets:

Senator Bill O’Neill discusses The Definition of Empty, which is the story of a dedicated advocate trying to help adolescents facing incarceration and newly released parolees navigate imperfect and seemingly indifferent legal systems and societies told from the point of view of a public servant trying his best to work with people at various levels of brokenness.

Manuel González discusses Duende de Burque: Albuquerque Poems and Musings. At its center, Duende de Burque is a love letter to Albuquerque and its surroundings—the Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande Bosque, and all the people whose spirits fill these spaces. It is an exploration of one poet’s search for duende, that elusive state of spontaneous expression and authenticity.

Michelle Otero discusses Bosque: Poems. Nestled in the heart of Albuquerque is a vibrant cottonwood forest that has flourished for centuries along the Río Grande—providing a home for porcupines, migratory birds, coyotes, and other wildlife as well as a sanctuary for its city residents. Today, in the midst of climate change and the slow drying of the river, the bosque struggles to remain vibrant. In her debut poetry collection, Michelle Otero champions this beloved Albuquerque treasure.

Nasario Garcia discusses and reads from Lágrimas: Poems of Joy and Sorrow. Author V.B. Price says, “These poems ring out with the truth of the world and the reality of the human heart. One of New Mexico’s greatest poets, Nasario García speaks to the interior life of those who are honored to be New Mexicans, who are fascinated by life and its irony, and those who feel blessed by our homes, our families, and the gifts of friendship.” Considered a leading folklorist in New Mexico, Nasario has published 10 books in Spanish and English related to folklore and oral history.

The Zoom link for the event can be found on the Collected Works website.