Call for Submissions: The Rag

The Rag, an Albuquerque monthly poetry broadside which has been distributed free at coffee houses and bookstores throughout the city for over 10 years, is seeking submissions. Poems should be no longer than thirty lines including stanza breaks. Previously published poems OK. Rhyming poetry is not generally published excerpt for form poems. We are looking for new poets as well as previously published poets. Email submissions to or send to Karin Bradberry, 11322 Campo del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. Authors receive 2 copies of the Rag as payment for published poems. Subscriptions also available for $15/yr. Send check to Karin Bradberry at the same address.

A Small Press Poetry Revival

Press Release: MÃs Tequila en el Malpai­s, A Small Press Poetry Revival
Two new poetry journals originating out of the Duke City, The Mas Tequila Review (ed. Richard Vargas) and Malpais Review (ed. Gary Brower) are celebrating their inaugural publication at Albuquerque’s newest independent bookstore in the NE Heights, Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly NE. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2-5 PM. Free and open to the public.

Poets from throughout New Mexico who are published in both magazines will be reading, and will include: Lisa Gill, Marilyn Stablein, Mitch Rayes, E.A. “Tony” Mares, Ken Gurney, Dale Harris, Gary Brower, Richard Vargas, John Macker and Mary McGinnis (Santa Fe) and Amalio Maduero (Taos.) There will also be an open mic (subject to time available.)

Los Angeles poet Michael C Ford wrote: “I paged slowly thru Mas Tequila and assimilated what turned out to be total ambrosia, not a false note in these poems, practically seamless integrity of language. a lesson all who do indie publishing should learn: only print the words which have the ring of truth.”

Poet and retired UNM professor E.A. “Tony” Mares writes: “In the Malpai­s Review, the words of poetry turn the badlands of the heart and of the disappearing natural landscape into fertile vistas for a better world, for the good lands we all desire.”
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Upcoming Albuquerque Poetry Events

Zachary Kluckman says–

Ok, for those of you who like a little verse in the evening we have two great poetry events for you!

Friday June 25th
“Who the Hell Knows?”
at Black Market Goods
112 Morningside
8 pm
Free admission

This is a Greenwich Vilage style, free form, urban jazz poetry jam with new work by Zachary Kluckman, Katrina Guarascio and Sal Treppiedi (known as Straight Flush for this evening). Joining us for this jam are – Danny the Harp, Phil Arnold (who has jammed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente) as well as Lance Robotson and Blank (aka Robert Stoppel) spinning beats! This will be an amazing evening of poetry and community so please come join us as we get old school with some poetics…..

and as a nice prelude to that event:

Wednesday June 23
“Free Range Poetry”
Page One Books (MOntgomery and Juan Tabo)
7 pm
Free admission

Join us for a night without additives as we share some new poetry with our friends in the community. Sal Treppiedi, Katrina Guarascio and Zachary Kluckman will be sharig new work from their upcoming books and CDs. Please join us for a night of shared language and love. No processed poetry, no high fructose verse,saturated egos….just poetry and fun.