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CNM Employee and Poet to Serve as Curator of 516 WORDS Poetry Readings

September 19, 2017 -- Don McIver, CNM Assistance Centers for Education (ACE) manager, part-time faculty member in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Studies and a slam poet, is taking on a new role. He is now the curator of 516 WORDS, a poetry reading series that takes place every fifth Friday at 516 ARTS in downtown Albuquerque.
CNM Employee and Poet to Serve as Curator of 516 WORDS Poetry Readings

Sep 19, 2017

He’s been performing poetry for 20 years in the local Albuquerque scene, starting at the former Blue Dragon Coffeehouse where he got to know many of Albuquerque’s poets. Since that time, he’s been a poet/coach on six ABQ Slam Teams and an award-winning host/producer of KUNM’s Spoken Word Hour and Afternoon Freeform.

He’s also performed all over the U.S. and has produced, curated and hosted poetry events, large and small.

As curator of 516 WORDS, McIver will help find poets to participate in the sessions.  Each reading is inspired by the theme of the exhibition in the 516 ARTS gallery and will feature three to five poets who are invited to perform.

The 516 WORDS poetry reading program was started in 2007 but has been dormant for the past several years.

The first reading in the new incarnation of the program will take place Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.  at 516 Central Ave. SW. The free event is in conjunction with the art exhibition “Cross Pollination, about Bees and Other Pollinators.” The featured poets will explore the interconnectedness of humans, plants and animals in relation to climate change and the future of life on earth.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to revive 516 WORDS,” McIver said. “It’s a great opportunity for local poets to perform and share their work with the public.”

Click here for more information about 516 WORDS.