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SOMOS Poetry Month events continues with variety of writers and musicians

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It’s now mid-April, and the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) continues its celebration of National Poetry Month with two more evenings highlighting the interwoven dance between music and poetry.

The events, curated by poet Veronica Golos, take place at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive.

Today’s (April 13) event features poets Robin Shawver and Donald Levering, with music by Melody Romancito.

Shawver teaches writing at the University of New Mexico-Taos and is the author of the locally produced chapbook, “Double Shot Straight.” Levering’s most recent poetry book, “Coltrane’s God,” was runner-up for the New England Book Festival contest in poetry. Romancito is a singer-songwriter who performs original music and what she terms “classic Americana” from Bill Monroe to Tom Waits – or Mavis Staples to Ani DiFranco. For more, see https://melwellromancito.wordpress.com.

The reading on Wednesday (April 19) will highlight Sawnie Morris and Leslie Ullman. Music will be performed by talented blues artist Tony Mason.

Morris’ collection of poems, “Her, Infinite,” won the New Issues Poetry Prize in 2015 and was published by New Issues Press in 2016. Ullman is the author of four poetry collections, most recently “Library of Small Happiness,” a hybrid book of craft essays, poems and writing exercises, published by 3: A Taos Press.

Mason is a singer-songwriter who played his way through New York City basket houses (venues where unpaid performers would pass around a basket at the end of each set and hope to make some money). He also toured New England clubs and schools as well as the college coffee house circuit. Today, he makes his home in Taos. Poet Joan Ryan will host.

The series has been dedicated to artist and musician George Chacón, who died while performing Afro-Cuban drumming at the April 1 series premiere.

Both events begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or email somos@somostaos.org. The full schedule for National Poetry month can be found online at somostaos.org.

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