Literary arts

Poetry Month celebration winds down

Two more nights left showcasing poets and musicians at SOMOS


The Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) closes its celebration of National Poetry Month with evenings blending poetry and music, the signature aspect of all the prior events in April.

Curated by poet Veronica Golos, the readings and performances will take place at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. The series has been dedicated to artist and musician George Chacón, who died while performing Afro-Cuban drumming at the series premiere on April 1.

Here’s a rundown on remaining events in the series:

Monday (April 24), readers include Joan Roberta Ryan, whose poetry collection, “Dark Ladies and Other Avatars,” is scheduled for publication by 3: A Taos Press in 2017. She will be reading poems on sex by Shakespeare. Music will be by David Garver, local actor and musician.

Wednesday (April 26), readers include Lise Goett, whose second manuscript, “Leprosarium,” was the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America and is scheduled for publication by Tupelo Press in late 2017; Cyrus Cassells, author of five acclaimed books of poetry with a sixth book, “The Gospel According to Wild Indigo,” forthcoming in the spring of 2018 from Southern Illinois University Press; and series curator Veronica Golos, who is the author of three poetry books: “A Bell Buried Deep” (winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize), “Vocabulary of Silence” (translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sitawi) and “Rootwork.” Music will be by flamenco guitarist Roberto Romero de la Vega.

All events begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and donations will be appreciated. SOMOS is located at 108 Civic Plaza Drive. For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or email