A "Live For Art" Column by

Beatlick Pamela Hirst




By Beatlick Pamela Hirst

Billy Brown hosted a familiar crowd at The Source on Carlisle with a few new faces thrown in. It is good to see the local poetry audience expand with fresh faces and talent. Features included author and stage actress Eleanor Grogg Stewart as well as Kenneth P. Gurney, publisher and host of the “Adobe Walls” anthologies and open mics.

Eleanor, in her signature pink rhinestone ball cap, went first. Declining to read from her published novel “Not Only A Refugee,” an American UN volunteer experience in the Philippines, which is fairly familiar to usual attendees at Adobe Walls or Dime Stories.

Instead Eleanor focused on works from an upcoming book, “Falling Into Enchantment: Poems from the 1970s in Santa Fe.” Eleanor is taking a modern approach and supporting her efforts to publish this new book with crowd funding, something Julie Brokken did quite successfully on a recent art project.

The former New York actress gave a riveting reading as she reminisced about her time spent up in Santa Fe. Most compelling was her poem delving into the effects of alcoholism on young American Indian men.  Her acting and emotive talents were truly on display at this point. Her every breath was so emotive that everyone’s eyes went straight ahead, directly focused on her. We were all passing around photos of Eleanor in full Shakespearean costume taken in Central Park locations back in the apex of her acting career. Long fair hair, slender nymphet figure, it was wonderful seeing her in her glory. She holds two degrees in theater and an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

One of the familiar faces was Greg Candela, professor emeritus at UNM, where he taught multiple writing and theater courses. First poem was around the theme of Yellowstone, then a sonnet. Greg, a professor of technical writing, commented that writing in this form was not something he did often. He concluded with a tribute poem for his wife.

Stewart Warren confessed he didn’t write for over a year and is just now back in the game. He is author of 16 poetry collections  and the owner of Mercury HeartLink, so I guess he did deserve a break. Back at work, he will participate in a collaborative book presentation of “The Necessity of Brokenness” with Maggi Petton at Bookworks on Saturday, March 22. And it is to the listener’s benefit that Stewart is back in the game, his use of metaphor and analogy is spell binding to me. His poems serve as the “green sprouts of his goodness.”

“Sometimes I am a silent word holding a rest in the harmonies of us … in timelessness I wait my turn.”

“Your past appears to hang from a scaffold though you’ve come to know yourself right side up, as levitation.“ And indeed this is the line inspiring the clever artwork for the book.

Second feature Kenneth Gurney apologized for sniffles as he drank from a water bottle to combat his allergies to juniper and leaned his lanky frame toward the crowd.

Billy Brown calls him a "shining light in the heaven of Albuquerque’s poetry scene” ... for his Adobe Walls anthologies. He holds a BA in Art from Rockford College.

Kenneth opened with a baseball poem to pay homage to Chicago, the scene of his boyhood, and Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, and what Kenneth says, “Mirrors the simplicity of some moral truth.”

He situates a baseball passing over “the open heart of home plate” into a humorous scenario of a ball being knocked out of the park as the “tongues pop corkscrew opinions.”

Lines of “Echoes” were poignant yet realistic addressing the ticket we all hold to the other side:

“When death opens the door hesitate … but do not look back … go … leaping with full faith.”

One of his best lines of the entire presentation: “All the bravado of a shore leave sailor.”

“Proof Sheet” explored the experience of a photographer caught without his camera and had to use his skill of language instead of a camera to document a moment.

There was semblance of a political rant when Kenneth remembered  one of his experiences at the Canadian border. He got the full shakedown while a man in a wheelchair and missing a leg,  with “Semper Fi” emblazoned on his t-shirt, got waved through. Kenneth was wearing a beret.

“I would have been more suspicious about what was up that empty pants leg,” he said. “And don’t show up at the Canadian Border with a beret on!”

Another master of metaphor and analogy Kenneth resurrected one of his ongoing themes: The woman who swims across the sky.

“She speaks in rainfall torrents,” “filling glasses of water for children at bedtime,” “returns to earth as both ends of the rainbow.”

Kenneth finished up with a return to baseball and his poem “Attendant” and a mention of his latest book “Curvature of a Fluid Spine.”

Richard Wolfson brought the house down when he began with a quip to Greg Candela, still in the audience, “I always write in sonnets, Greg. I’ve had brain damage, so then I know when the poem is over.”

 Billy is celebrating the fifth year as host of Fixed and Free, which originated in a bike shop. No wonder it continues on as it is a great source of inspiration, not only the words of the poets, but the poets themselves who gather there the fourth Thursday of the month from January through October. Find out more at:

One of the things I was really struck by at this get together was how many people had poetry events booked, so many that there are numerous conflicts these days if you are trying to stay loyal to some particular poets. It is my humble opinion one of the reasons poetry flourishes in this town is because there isn’t a major league sports team to suck all the energy out of the air.

Nashville, where I come from, truly changed when the Oilers/Titans came to town. It was impossible to get publicity about poets anymore because all the papers wanted to do was write about the Titans. It funneled their sales. And the bars all started focusing on sports, overhead TVs for the games, and it became a lot harder to book a gig. The Beatlicks never had to guarantee a bar profit in order to book a gig but these days you have to guarantee a minimum profit for the bar or make up the difference yourself. Albuquerque reminds me of Nashville in the good times, poetry venues thrived and the talent was incredible. Just like Duke City is now!



Publish the deserving!





Click on underlined names to find more info.

Writers published
by Beatlick Press:

GL Brower


John Knoll


Jules Nyquist


John Roche


Beatlick Joe Speer


Paul A. Speer


Teresa Speer

Mia Kirsi Stageberg


Jerry Zimmerman 


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Writers published

Terry Alvarez

Reed Adair Bobroff

Joanne Bodin

Gary L. Brower

Wendy       Brown-Báez

Pamela C. Drapala

David Coy

Deborah Coy

Hanna Coy

Mary Dudley

Catherine Ferguson

Olivia Gatwood

Jennifer Givhan

Larry Goodell

Taylor Graham

Kenneth P. Gurney

Dale Harris

Brian Hendrickson


Jennifer Lynn Krohn

Maria L. Leyba

Adrian C. Louis

Anne MacNaughton

Amalio Madueño

Alissa Magorian

E. A. “Tony” Mares’

Robert Masterson

Les Merton

Merimée Moffitt

Carol Moscrip

Jules Nyquist

Suzanne Ondrus

Susan I. Paquet

Margaret Randall

John Roche

    Georgia       Santa Maria

Marilyn Stablein

Richard Vargas

Binah Waite-Williams

Stewart S. Warren

Neal Wilgus

Richard Wolfson

Writers published in Mo' Joe Anthology

Sam Abrams

Francisco X. Alarcón

John Ashbaugh

Steve Aushermann

Hakim Bellamy

Larry Belle

"Laughing Larry” Berger

Julie Blue

Joe Bottone

Rich Boucher

Sarah Brinklow

Richard Broderick

Julie SuZaNNe BroKKeN

Michele Brown

Monty Campbell, Jr.

Alan Casline

Teresa Mei Chuc

Norm Davis

Susan Deer Cloud

Steve Coffman

Timothy J. Cook

Anne C. Coon

Deborah Coy

Craig Czury

Carolyn Czarnecki

Michael Czarnecki

Jim Daniels

Martha Deed

Steven Deridder

Lori Desrosiers

Sean Thomas Dougherty

George Drew

Nicolas Eckerson

Jesse Ehrenberg

Michael C. Ford

Philip Frisk

Teresa E. Gallion

Brian Garrison

Geoffrey Gatza

Lisa Gill

Kimberly Glemboski

Vincent F. A. Golphin

Larry Goodell

Dane R. Gordon

Steve Greene

Kenneth P. Gurney

Vijali Hamilton

William Heyen

Pamela Adams Hirst, a.k.a Beatlick Pamela

Patrick Houlihan

Doug Holder

Tom Holmes

Amy Jackson

Mary Strong Jackson

Kitty Jospé


Herb Kauderer

Danny Kerwick

Michael Ketchek

Mary Elizabeth Lang

Gayle Lauradunn

Alice Lee

Wayne Lee

Stephen Lewandowski

Lyn Lifshin

Gerald McCarthy

Robert E. McDonough

Karla Linn Merrifield

Les Merton

Michael Meyerhofer

Basia Miller

Merimée Moffitt

Carol Moscrip

Bill Nevins

Simone Nikkole

Lori Nolasco

Bruce Noll

Maril Nowak

Jules Nyquist

Mark W. O'Brien, aka: obeedúid~

Sarai Oviedo

Chad Parenteau

Don Paul

Teresa Peipins

Pat Pendleton

Carla Perry

Rick Petrie

Colleen Powderly

Randy Prus

Margaret Randall

     Lynette         Reini-Grandell

John Roche

Charlie Rossiter

Helen Ruggieri

Jane Sadowsky

    Georgia        Santa Maria

Joe St. Martin

Wanda Schubmehl

Gretchen A. Schulz

G. E. (Gerald) Schwartz

Peggy Seely

Adam Sinesiou

Diane Smith

Jack Bradigan Spula

Eugene Stelzig

Eleanor Grogg Stewart

Paulette Swartzfager

Steve Tills

Martha Treichler

George Wallace

Stewart S. Warren

Judy Wells

Bart White

David White

Fred Whitehead

Dwain Wilder

A.D. Winans

Patricia Youngs

Leah Zazulyer

Ryki Zuckerman


Writers published in VALUE Anthology

 Mikki Aronoff

Meg Baldrige

Joanne Bodin

Dee Cohen

Deborah Woodside Coy

Sylvia Ramos Cruz

Mary Dezember

Mary Dudley

Teresa A. Gallion

Thelma A. Giomi

Dale Harris

Pamela Adams Hirst

Gayle Lauradunn

Merimee Moffett

Carol Moscrip

Susan Paquet

Sharon Pines

Denise Weaver Ross

Janet Ruth

Barbara Shaffer

Mia Kirsi Stageberg

Betty Lou Williams

Judy Wells

Holly Wilson

Emma Wisdom



Dorothy Alexander

Megan Baldrige

Shirley Blackwell

Joanne S. Bodin, Ph.D.

Rich Boucher

Lauren Camp

Gregory L. Candela

Dr. Maria Chavez

Gracie Conway Panousis

Star Coulbrooke

Barbara Cowles

David Lavar Coy

Deborah Coy

Susy Crandall

Victoria Crawford

Casey Derengowski

Karen Downs-Barton

Mary Dudley, Ph.D.

Janet Eigner

Joseph A. Farina

Jeanne M. Favret

Rina Ferrarelli

Linda Flaherty Haltmaier

Teresa E. Gallion

Iris Gersh

Thelma Giomi, Ph.D.

Curtis Hayes

John Hicks

Steven Hendrix

Juleigh Howard-Hobson

Faith Kaltenbach


Mary Ellen Kelly

Sally Kimball

Sreekanth Kopuri, Ph.D.

Jennifer Lagier

Mary Elizabeth Lang

Gayle Lauradunn

Wayne Lee

Elaine Leith

Lennart Lundh

Kathy Lundy Derengowski

Jennifer Maloney

John Macker

Catfish McDaris

Daniel McGinn

Mary McGinnis

Caryl McHarney

Kelly Morgan

Valarie Morris

Carol Moscrip

Joseph Murray

Bill Nevins

Suzanne Niedzielska, Ph.D.

Jim Nye

Jules Nyquist

Mary Oertel-Kirschner

Marilyn C. O’Leary

Marmika Paskiewicz

Andi Penner

Bernadette Perez

Karen Petersen

Sylvia Ramos Cruz

Wendy Rainey

Jim Ransom

Janet Ruth

Miriam Sagan

Georgia Santa-Maria

Anne Shaughnessy

Larry Schulte

Janet Simon

Mary Strong Jackson

Richard Vargas

Scott Wiggerman

Martin Willitts, Jr.

Holly Wilson

Andrena Zawinski