New Mexico State Poetry Society

NMSPS Convention

Sandia Crest by Bill Pearson

What a wonderful convention! Thanks to all who attended. We'll have post-convention info up soon.

Welcome to the 2013 NFSPS Annual Convention Information Center

NMSPS is honored to invite you to the Land of Enchantment for:

La Conferencía del Encanto
at *Hotel Albuquerque, ABQ, NM       June 13-18, 2013

(Book early! Room availability and discount rate not guaranteed after May 22nd!)

Let the 2013 NFSPS Annual Convention be the centerpiece of an Enchanted Vacation!


Read all about La Conferencía del Encanto to get full details of the grand plan, or click on the links below to view particular topics.


For your comfort and health

Albuquerque is high and dry. Elevation is 5,000 to 6,000 feet in various parts of the city. Relative humidity is often in the single digits. Visitors from near sea level need to be aware of the effects this altitude can have. The very first rule is: stay hydrated. Begin drinking water on the airplane that brings you here and keep it up throughout your stay. If you wait to drink until you feel thirsty, it is too late. Match every caffeinated drink with water or juice, because caffeine draws water out of the body. Be aware that alcohol will affect you more at high altitudes than at sea level. One drink will make you feel like you have had two (or three).

Many people who live at lower elevations will feel sleepy or tired the first day or so. A few may experience symptoms like headache or dizziness. This is one reason we have scheduled our relaxed coach tour to Acoma before the convention, and the aerial tram tour afterwards, when you have had some time to acclimate before ascending to 10,000 feet. Avoid exertion, stay hydrated, and suck on a sour candy if you have any stomach upset.

Be sure to pack a sun hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, sun block, a long-sleeved shirt, and a sweater or jacket for cool evenings. High altitude again: you can sunburn more quickly at our high altitude (and low latitude) than on a Great Lakes beach, and our dry air means the sun glares rather than diffuses in thicker atmosphere. The physics of mountains, canyons, bare rock faces, river bottom, and open spaces can produce dramatic temperature changes (30-40 degrees) throughout the day. The summit of Sandia Peak and the town of Taos (at 6,700 feet) might well be 20 degrees cooler than downtown Albuquerque. We want you to be comfy and healthy during your stay; please understand that the items we listed above are essentials.



Hotel ABQ rates and reservations

Hotel Rates: Hotel Albuquerque's discounted rates for NFSPS members are $99 S/Dbl, $114 for triple, $129 for quad during June 9-19 in ABQ.

Call toll-free 1-866-505-STAY (7829) or email: The New Mexico SPS is under contract to fill a certain number of rooms. Please be sure to tell the Hotel that you are booking for the NFSPS Convention or cite Block Code 13062013NA so that we make our quota. NFSPS members have already begun booking rooms. Reserve early to ensure you get to stay in this lovely hotel, rather than at overflow lodgings.

Note: Reserve your rooms by May 22nd. After this date, room availability and discount rate will no longer apply!



Transportation to and in ABQ

Getting here
Major carriers and regional airlines serve Albuquerque (ABQ) International Sunport, which is about 8 miles from Hotel ABQ (HAbq). Free shuttles go to nearby car rental services. Alvarado Transportation Center downtown (about 2 miles from HAbq) is a major stop for Greyhound, Amtrak, and the NM Rail Runner Express. Ground transport includes taxis, limos, and ABQ Ride city buses.
Sunport Shuttle is your best choice, especially if you travel with others. Call them toll-free at 1-866/505-4966 or go online at to take advantage of shared-ride discounts. Example: taxi fare one-way from airport to HAbq is about $24; shuttle fare round-trip is $28 for single rider, plus $5 each way for each additional passenger in the same party. Planned pickup is best, but they also have a counter at the Sunport that can handle walk-ups.

Getting around town and country
Two Interstates make ABQ easy to get to and drive around in; take I-40's Exit 157A and go south on Rio Grande Blvd. two blocks to the conference site. If you drive an RV and stay as a guest at Hotel ABQ, you can park your RV in their security lot for free. Parking is free in all of the Hotel's 600 spaces.

Rental cars are a practical choice for sightseeing outside the Old Town area. One word of caution--never jump a green light in NM towns. Too many drivers think a yellow light means speed up and keep going.

New Mexicans love their cars, and mass transit is a rather new development, better in the metro area than farther out. In town, ABQ Ride is the city's bus service, and it takes you to major shopping areas, the Old Town and Downtown areas, and to the Alvarado Center, where you can get intermittent train service along the Rio Grande Valley from the town of Belen (30 miles south of the conference site) to Santa Fe (60 miles north of same). Fares are pretty low and discounted for seniors or students.




You can register for the convention by mail or online. To register by mail, fill out the Strophes insert or download forms from our website. Mail your completed registration form and check or money order (made out to New Mexico SPS) to:

2013 NFSPS Convention

P.O. Box 2669

Los Lunas, NM 87031

To register online, please fill out this form on our website.

Whether you register online or mail in your registration form, you can pay for your registration, meals, and tour reservations online as well. Click here to securely pay online by credit or debit card.



Convention Schedule


  ♦ Bookstore open 9A-12P and 3-6P on Thurs-Sat; 9-12:30 on Sunday.

  ♦ Invocation winners at each of 6 meals.

  ♦ All cash bars will also offer no-alcohol "mocktails."

  ♦ Filming of Contest Awards (FCA) for souvenir DVD at every meal except Sunday lunch.

  ♦ Please save noisemakers for Winners' Circle celebration after dinner

  ♦ Poetry circles whenever; planned open readings at 9P.


Wednesday, June 12 - Early Bards Arrival

1-6P - Early Registration

6P - Short walking tour of Old Town Plaza (wheelchair accessible)

6:30 P - Self-pay dinner on Plaza or in Hotel
7-10 P - "Welcome, Poets!" at Jules Nyquist's home - the Poetry Playhouse - 1814 Old Town Road NW - Old Town 3 blocks from the hotel. Desserts and beverages provided.

Thursday, June 13

8A-6P - Registration

9A - Tours to Acoma or Pueblo Feast Day

2:30P - Bus returns to hotel from Acoma

3:30-5:30P - NFSPS Board Meeting

6P - Group dinner at Church Street Café. Self-pay.

7-10P - Acoustic music jam, Pavilion, cash bar.

Friday, June 14 (Flag Day, )

7:30 - 8:45A - State Presidents' breakfast meeting.

9-10:30A - First plenary

10:45-noon - D. McQuaid "The Alchemical Heart"

12:30P - Lunch. Welcome by ABQ mayor, Manningham Awards, FCA

3-5P - H. Bellamy "Fountain Pen of Youth"

5-6:15P - Music (Dog Star) in Pavilion. Cash bar.

6:30P - Dinner. Student & University Awards, FCA

8:30P - WHM, open readings follow

Saturday, June 15

7:30-8:45A - Breakfast seminar "Building SPS websites"

9-10:30A - A. Watson & M. Garner "The Learning Curve"

10:30-11:30A - Panel "Alternatives in Publishing"

11:30-noon - Q&A on Publishing Choices

12:30P - Lunch, Convention Contest prizes, FCA

3-4:30P - V. Golos and B. Marcus "Poets of Witness"

6:30P - Dinner, Stevens MS Winner, FCA

8:30P - WHM, open readings follow

Sunday, June 16 (Fathers' Day)

8:45-11A - "Haiku in the Garden" at ABQ BioPark.

11:30A-12:45P - 2nd Plenary, Special Awards.

12:30P - Deadline to retrieve books from Bookstore.

1P - Lunch. (Plan B time, no FCA)

2:30-4:30P - New Mexican Voices "Writing from Place."

4:30-6P - "Presenters-Only" book signings and sales.

5:30-6:45P - Reception, cash bar, music.

7P - Banquet. Keynote, expanded filming for Contests 1-3.

9P - Book sales/signings by Dana Levin, open readings.

Monday, June 17 (see "Tours")

8A - Taos (overnight)

8A - Allan Houser/Rancho de las Golondrinas

5P - Aerial Tram to dinner on Sandia Peak

Tuesday, June 18

9A - Santa Fe by RailRunner (train)

12P meetup in SF with Taos group



Workshops and Speakers

Writing the Interior Landscape

Dana Levin, Keynote Speaker

Sunday Gala Banquet

Dana Levin has published three books of poetry, all of which have garnered critical acclaim. The first, In the Surgical Theatre (1999), received nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets, including the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Osterweil Award. In selecting Levin's manuscript for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, Louise Glck praised the work as “sensuous, compassionate, violent, extravagant.”

Wedding Day (2005, Copper Canyon Press) drew praise from Ploughshares, the Boston Review, and the Washington Post. Levin has won awards and fellowships from the NEA; Library of Congress; Bread Loaf Writers. Conference; and from the Rona Jaffe,Witter Bynner, Lannan, Guggenheim, and Whiting Foundations. Her widely anthologized work has won several Pushcart Prizes.

The New Yorker writes of her latest book, the stunning Sky Burial, “[It] brings a wealth of ritual and lore from various strains of Buddhism, as well as Mesoamerican and other spiritual traditions…the intensity and seriousness and openness of her investigations make Levin's use of this material utterly her own, and utterly riveting.&rdquo: Sky Burial was listed as one of the Best Books of Poetry 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, and Coldfront Magazine.

Levin grew up in California's Mojave Desert and earned a bachelor's from Pitzer College and a master's from New York University. She chairs the Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The Alchemical Heart: Writing Into The Sacred

Dora E. McQuaid

In a world demanding our attention and energy, how do we deepen and sustain connection to the Divine in our daily lives? This workshop will help you understand how to explore the questions deep within your heart, and, more important, how to hear the answers. Through contemplative readings, experiential meditations and deep writing exercises, we will learn ways to develop and sustain a relationship with Spirit as a practice of self-care and support. Passion, mystery, silence, doubt, grief, and wonder—our writings will make space for truths leading us forward to the life that wants to live through us.

Dora McQuaid is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker, and teacher dedicated to addressing the issues of sexual and domestic violence. Her efforts were recently honored when the artist who painted the Inspirations Mural in State College, PA, obliterated the image in the mural of former Penn State coach and convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky and put an image of McQuaid in its place.

McQuaid performs, speaks, and teaches internationally. Her work has been published in anthologies, plays, films, and required course readings and is used in judicial and law enforcement trainings in Pennsylvania.

The Fountain Pen of Youth: Walk a Mile in Their Sneakers

Hakim Bellamy and crew

In this workshop, our host city's Inaugural Poet Laureate will reacquaint us with our inner teen or toddler. He will guide us inside contemporary American youth poetry on screen, stage, and page, pinpointing common themes and composition techniques. We will then begin putting the emotion, energy, and flavor of “youth” poetry on the page by writing through personas familiar to our younger selves (homage, not caricature). Workshop participants will be encouraged to write the performance-caliber poetry of today, analyzing current issues and generating ideas for future poems. Hakim's “crew” will include some of the area's outstanding young performance poets.

Hakim Bellamy was named Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate in April 2012. He is both a performance poet and page poet. He is a two-time (2005, 2006) poetry slam national champion. He was City Grand Slam Champion for Albuquerque (2005) and Silver City, NM (2008) and won three consecutive University of New Mexico LOBOSLAM titles.

Bellamy's poetry has been published in ABQ inner-city buses as a winner of the RouteWords Competition (2005). Between 2006 and 2011, his work appeared in the Harwood Anthology, Earthships Anthology, Sin Fronteras Journal, A Bigger Boat (UNM Press), and other publications.

Bellamy has acted for both stage and screen, and combines music with his poetry as a songwriter, emcee, and vocalist. He works with youth poets at schools, nonprofits, and community organizations statewide. He served as Strategic Communications Director at the Media Literacy Project before recently launching his own business, Beyond Poetry, LLC.

5 x 5: The Learning Curve.What You Must Know To Publish In Today.s Market

Andrea L. Watson and Madelyn Garner

This powerhouse panel offers crucial insights into how to navigate the world of writing and publishing in the 21st Century, including writing for publication; manuscript organization, submission, publicity, and marketing; and entering writing contests for magazine and book publishers.

A former New York book and magazine editor, Andrea L. Watson is founding publisher and editor of 3: A Taos Press, a multicultural and ethically voiced publishing house dedicated to fostering and honoring the ideals of its writers and bringing each manuscript to publication in an artful and distinct way.

Andrea has designed and curated sixteen ekphrasis events of poetry and art across the United States, commencing with Braided Lives: A Collaboration Between Artists and Poets, sponsored by the Taos Institute of Arts, which traveled to Denver, San Francisco, and Berkeley. Other shows include Interwoven Illuminations, featured in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review; The Sacred Blue; Frida-Fractured, honoring the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; Reflections on RANE; Threaded Lives, with its book, Poems from the Fiber World; and, most recently, Fragments: Poets and Artists of the South and Southwest, held in Memphis, TN, in 2011.

Andrea's poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, Runes, Subtropics, Cream City Review, Ekphrasis, International Poetry Review, Memoir (and), Plath Profiles, Spillway, and The Dublin Quarterly, among others. She is co-author of “The Question of Attraction: Ekphrasis”, a section in Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press, 2011), dedicated to teaching craft to poets and teachers, and co-editor of the anthology, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined.

A lifelong activist for the Arts, Andrea is one of the founding editors of the poetry journal, Heartlodge: Honoring the House of the Poet, a representative for the International Women's Writing Guild, and a member of the Board of the Taos Arts Council.

Find out more about her on the NMSPS website's Meet our Poets page, where she was featured in November 2012.

Madelyn Garner is the sole educator to have received The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for her contributions to the arts in Colorado. Scholastic Magazine and the National Endowment for the Humanities have recognized her as one of the nation.s outstanding teachers of writing. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. Among the many awards she has garnered for her writing is the D.H. Lawrence Award from the University of New Mexico.

Methods and Alternatives of Publishing

The aim of this session will be to provide a panel of veterans to help you find the best choice for getting your work between covers. Do you aim to print a child's book of poems for family and friends only? Sell your memoir on Amazon? Top the bestseller list? If you are doing it yourself, what do you need to know about book distribution; editing and design resources; copyright and ISBN registration; website and software support? What are the advantages and/or pitfalls of 'zines, iBooks, or print-on-demand?

NMSPS members who are small and niche publishers will serve on this panel, which may also include reps from Amazon and Apple corporations. Expect lively interaction between panel and audience as you explore a range of nontraditional options. This panel discussion will follow the workshop by Andrea Watson and Madelyn Garner, and we hope to bring those presenters back at the conclusion of this session for a combined Q&A.

Poets of Witness

Veronica Golos and Bonnie Rose Marcus

How do we face our own mortality, and that of individuals?

How do we face the death of multitudes through war, genocide, occupations?

Two poets, one Buddhist, and one activist, come “face-to-face” with each other and with the primal questions of death and mortality: What if we looked at life and death as one continuous whole? What if we really understood that taking the life of one person was taking one's own life? What if looking at the self as a witness to war—even from afar— brought us “face-to-face” not with an enemy, but with one's self? And the ageless question: How do we, as artists, bear witness to the vast suffering in the world?

This reading/discussion will offer poetry that will provoke reflection on death and dying, war and peace—and will share the base and the transcendent, the spiritual and the political, and finally, ask that most difficult question: What is it to be human?

Veronica Golos is the author of Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), an exploration of war and its witnessing-from-afar that won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award for Poetry. She is also the author of A Bell Buried Deep (Story Line Press), corecipient of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Golos' poems in Vocabulary of Silence are a conundrum—a vocabulary of silence that acts as a kind of zen koan for the reader: a negative space, an echo chamber, a mirror. Witnessing from afar the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan conducted by the country in which she lives, the poet witnesses herself, and struggles to find words to carry the weight of her felt responsibility.

Golos has served as Poet in Residence at schools in Greenwich, CT, and Taos, NM, as well as at the Nassau Museum of Art. She has lectured on Teaching Poetry to Children at Columbia University and Colorado State College. Her work has been published in the US and abroad, including London and Paris. Golos has performed in NYC at Lincoln Center's Nuyorican Caf and at Cornelia Street Café and in many venues in the Southwest. She lives with her husband, writer David Prez, in Taos, where she is co-editor of the Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.

Bonnie Rose Marcus is a poet, theater artist, hospice volunteer, and Buddhist practitioner who has been writing since adolescence. Her poetry has been published in Salon, Brooklyn, and Miss Fit's Free Press, a 1990s 'zine she created. Her poems in The Luminosity (3: A Taos Press, 2013) are inspired and based on her work in hospice. The poems portray last moments of death and dying, the connections, and disconnections, the fear and the “luminosity” she witnessed, and her own feelings about dying. She leads workshops in contemplative end-of-life care.

Marcus has performed onstage (theater and her poetry) in NYC and Washington, DC, and in the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. She directs the Readings & Workshops Program (East) and Writers' Exchange at Poets & Writers, Inc. Marcus lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner, Vincent Salas, a visual artist, and their cat, Graffiti.

New Mexican Voices: Writing From Place

A panel of accomplished New Mexican poets discuss how place—be it defined as geography, gender, ethnicity, faith, class, poverty, privilege, art, occupation, or sexual orientation influences and is reflected in their writing. The panelists epitomize the incredible diversity of this region's native and immigrant populations and its unsurpassed cultural harmony.

So far, panelists include a Native American poet-potter; a Latina poet who knows about life in barrio and prison from growing up and having family in both; a cowboy poet who actually worked on cattle ranches in Texas; and a Jewish woman educated at Berkeley during the 1960s and steeped in its counter-culture movement.

Haiku In The Garden

Georgia Santa-Maria and Merimee Moffitt

This excursion has a mini-workshop opportunity. After days indoors, let's go for a romp in ABQ's gorgeous Botanical Gardens and BioPark. From its fabulous Japanese Gardens, we'll ride the mini-train or stroll beneath cottonwoods past roaring Papa Lion, splashing seals, elephants, and more. While the workshop title is "Haiku," feel free to write, snap, or sketch whatever strikes your fancy. Later, we can share what we've written. We will have transport to and from the park, which is handicap accessible throughout.

Georgia Santa-Maria is a fifth-generation New Mexican from the rural north part of the State, where she often stays at her ancestors' 1830s casa-corral homestead. She has spent her adult life as an working artist, photographer, counselor, storekeeper, poet, and mom. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears on the web's Duke City Fix, Sunday Poem, and Duke City Dime Stories' Favorites. She has been a guest editor for Lummox Magazine. Her chapbooks include Lichen Kisses, Ten Penny Tales, and The Miami Hippie Mommy Cookbook.

Merimee Moffitt is an Albuquerque writer and teacher. Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies. She served for several years as coeditor of The Rag, a Poetry Broadside, which has become an ABQ institution. Her short stories have appeared on the web at Duke City Dime Stories' Favorites, which she helped found. Moffitt is working on a memoir about the counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s in northern New Mexico. She has taught at all grade levels in ABQ public schools and colleges.



A Note On Tour Costs and Registration: Except for the tours to Acoma and Taos, the prices of which are based on what we must pay tour companies, the price estimates below are the maximum we think group tours will cost. Meals are extra except where noted.

Pre-registration allows us to offer the best costs. As the numbers of participants for each tour firm up, we will decide on the best means of transportation and develop a final plan for each tour.

If folks getting rental cars are willing to share rides with other conventioneers, we may arrange caravans to reach some destinations. Given enough passengers, we can rent vans for reasonable fees, which may enable us to reduce costs in some cases.

A Note on Accessibility: Although several of our tours have portions that preclude wheelchair use and would be too taxing for those with other physical problems, there are many wonderful things to do and see near the convention site in Albuquerque or within a short ride by rail that are completely accessible, family-friendly, and out of the ordinary.

NMSPS members will be handy to advise you about local attractions or accessible day trips. Museum goers, railroad buffs, rockhounds, balloonists, science fans, history enthusiasts, art lovers--there is something for all of you.

Our 2013 NFSPS Annual Convention can be the centerpiece of an Enchanted Vacation. The Territorial Period decor of our hotel will be the perfect base from which to explore our State's diverse cultural heritage. To give you an insiders' look at some of that culture, NMSPS is arranging pre- and post-convention tours. Please click on the tour listed below for details:

Note: Pueblo etiquette varies from tribe to tribe. NMSPS members familiar with "pueblo politeness" will advise you on what is expected of visitors to these locales, or you can check out each pueblo's guidelines. There are some principles that apply to all:

Dress modestly (no short shorts or bare midriffs, please).

Most pueblos do not permit photography; others charge a camera fee.

Pueblo dances are sacred rites, not entertainment; no photos or applause, please.

Pueblo houses are private residences, not shops in a mall; don't enter uninvited.


Sky City, at Acoma Pueblo, on Thursday, June 13.

(Price: $99) Visit> There are no words to convey to someone who has never visited the West what it is like to stand in Sky City and gaze a hundred miles in any direction. Few places in the world offer you this glimpse into a vast landscape and infinite sky, a sense of antiquity, and all the inspiration, even awe, that a poet can ask for. We guarantee you will not forget this experience. Photography is permitted, and the camera fee is covered in the tour price, as are all admissions, transportation, and lunch.

We will leave the hotel after breakfast aboard an air-conditioned coach on an hour's ride to a soaring sandstone bluff that rises almost 400 feet from the desert floor. During the trip to the site, a guide will give expert information about the flora, fauna, geology, culture, and history of the land we are passing through.

When we reach Acoma Pueblo, we will have time to tour the Museum and Cultural Center before Native American guides will take us by a smaller shuttle van to the mesa atop the bluff. There, during a 3/4 mile guided walking tour, we will hear the history and meet the people of this longest inhabited community in North America (since at least 1150 CE).

The thin-walled, vivid pottery of Acoma is justly famous for its beauty, and this trip offers a chance to buy this pottery and, often, chat with the artists who make it. Other crafts and works of art will be for sale.

Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. The primitive streets of this tiny village are not negotiable by wheelchair, and you will be on your feet for almost an hour. There are a few steps up into the old church there, as well.

We will return to the Pueblo Visitors and Cultural Center at the base of the bluff for lunch. The Center offers spicy Native American dishes, but the menu also includes BLTs, grilled chicken sandwiches, bison burgers, and mild-mannered veggie wraps. The tour bus will get us back to Hotel Albuquerque by about 2:30-3:00 p.m., in time for a shower and the evening's entertainment.



St. Anthony Feast Day at Sandia Pueblo on Thursday, June 13.

(Price: ~ $15 to $20 round trip, pay at convention) Visit this site for more info.

For those who cannot manage the trip to Acoma, we have a splendid alternative. It is just good luck that Sandia Pueblo (14 miles north of ABQ) is having its annual St. Anthony's Feast Day on the same day. We will board the Rail Runner commuter train to the stop at Sandia, where Sandia Casino & Resort shuttles will take us to the village.

After the villagers attend church services, they will hold dances as part of this religious holiday in honor of their patron saint. We will have you there in time to observe the dances (mid-morning). This will be followed by feasting. An NMSPS guide will coach you on proper etiquette, should you be invited into a Pueblo household to eat.

Photography will be limited by Pueblo rules; the dances and church cannot be photographed, but you may be able to buy postcards of them in the Casino gift shop.

Plan on about 2 hours in the village, although much depends on your own desires. You can choose to go back to the the Casino, where gaming, gift shops, and restaurants are available; you can go back to Hotel ABQ and spend the afternoon resting or shopping in Old Town; you may wish to explore one of ABQ's 14 unique museums.

An NMSPS member will coordinate this excursion, handle RR ticket purchases for you, and guide you to the event. So far as we know, the only costs are transportation fees. You can pay them on Thursday morning (time TBA). For planning purposes, we ask that you indicate on the Convention registration form whether you are likely to go on this excursion. Those who have "pre-registered" will get preference if we are overbooked.



Haiku in the Garden at ABQ BioPark on Sunday morning, June 16 (Fathers' Day)

(Prices vary; see An NMSPS member will assist you at the Convention with getting online tickets. Since this outing occurs on Fathers' Day, we need to reserve ahead, especially if our group is sizable. Please indicate on the registration form whether you are likely to attend, so that we can plan.

This excursion has a mini-workshop opportunity. After days indoors, let's go for a romp in ABQ's gorgeous Botanical Gardens and BioPark. From its fabulous Japanese Gardens, we'll ride the mini-train or stroll beneath cottonwoods past roaring Papa Lion, splashing seals, elephants, and more. While the workshop title is "Haiku," feel free to write, snap, or sketch whatever strikes your fancy. Later, we can share what we've written. We will have transport to and from the park, which is handicap accessible throughout.

This is a great family-friendly venue. A full combination ticket (maximum $20 for adults 13-64 years) gives all-day access (until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday) not only to the Zoo and Botanic Gardens but also to the Aquarium, Tingley Beach (a group of small fishing lakes), and train rides between the features. Rates are less for seniors and kids or if you visit only part of the park. See



Taos Overnight & Back to Santa Fe (or ABQ) — $200 per person

Pay through our secure online checkout!

Includes van transportation to, from, and around Taos; lodging; meals; and entertainment.

Or arrange your own ride and room but join us for the Blumenschein Museum, Harwood readings, and Ghost Tour for only $35 total. Some optional activities incur an additional fee. They are noted below.

Our Walking Rain Chapter has been hard at work to provide you a unique and wonderful tour.

Monday, June 17

9:00 a.m. — Depart Hotel Albuquerque

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.— Arrive Taos, box lunch on the Plaza

12:00 p.m. — Nancy Delpero, Museum Coordinator of the E. L. Blumenschein Home and Museum will conduct a tour for our group of the art, family furnishings, and adobe home of Taos Society of Artists co-founder.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.— Check your Taos Guide, and choose from:

     Artist Rich Nichols will arrange a plein air painting lesson in the courtyard of the Blumenschein Art materials and studio fee will incur extra charge; we don't know yet how much, but will find out before the trip

     Walk around the "Heart of Taos," its historic plaza, where you find shops, galleries, restaurants, museums. La Fonda has a large collection of D.H. Lawrence paintings.      Taos pueblo, only 2 miles away (Entry & camera fees)      Or check in at the Kachina Lodge, where we will stay, and relax in its spa.      Possible side trip to Rio Grande Gorge, 11 miles NW of Taos.

5:00 p.m. — Dinner at Best Western Kachina Lodge. Complimentary glass of wine at down-home barbeque dinner with plentiful salad bar. Or try Taos-style New Mexican food (self-pay) at one of the town's other eateries, many within walking distance.

6:30 p.m. — Reception at the Harwood Museum.

7:00-8:30 p.m. — Open mic at the Harwood Museum's beautiful Bell Auditorium. Readings and performances with other convention attendees and with Taos poets. This special event sponsored by the Taos Arts Council and 3: A Taos Press. Bring two poems to read.


7:00 - 7:45 p.m.— Native American dancers at the Kachina Lodge.

9:00 - 10:30 p.m.— Ghost tour. Meet our Taos Chapter at the Plaza to explore Taos' eeriest haunts, including the Old Jail. Guide: Melody Elwell Romancito of Ghosts of Taos. Don't miss this one!

Tuesday, June 18

Wake up - 9:00 a.m.— Coffee and complimentary hot breakfast at Kachina Lodge before leaving for Santa Fe to meet up with Santa Fe Trails tour coming up from Albuquerque. If you have to get back to ABQ, transportation is available; or join the SF Tour for more shopping, art, and history in the oldest state capital in the USA.

Taos Tour



Turquoise Trail tour to Allan Houser Compound and El Rancho de las Golondrinas on Monday, June 17

(overnight in Albuquerque) (Price ~ $85 box lunch included)

Visit and for more info.

Native American artist Allan Houser is one of the most important artists of the last Century, who is especially renowned for his sculpture. His family built this compound, which includes houses, studios, galleries, and fabulous outdoor sculpture gardens, about 20 miles southeast of Santa Fe on what is called the Turquoise Trail.

Our tour director, Fil Peach, who himself has an impressive Native Art collection, has arranged a private tour for us, followed by lunch in the lovely outdoor pavilion. Garrett's Desert Inn in Santa Fe will prepare boxed lunches that will be brought out to us (no MacDonald's anywhere in sight--this IS New Mexico).

After lunch, we will drive some 15 miles to the Ranch of the Swallows, New Mexico's only living history museum. Rancho de las Golondrinas was an important stop on the Camino Real (Royal Road) that served as the major route from Mexico to Santa Fe for several hundred years.

A walking tour of the 200-acre ranch features stops in various buildings dating back to the early 1700s, where we will see and talk with workers clad in period costumes as they go about the tasks that would have occupied them during New Mexico's Colonial and Territorial periods (1700s to 1860s). This is truly a step back into the Hispanic culture that has been present in New Mexico for 400 years.

Both tours require being able to walk unaided. The pavilion at Allan Houser is central to the compound and gives you an opportunity to sit down when you need to. The Rancho tour will have you on your feet for about an hour as you walk the mile-long path. People in wheelchairs would have a rough time negotiating the paths at either site, and we have no way to transport motorized wheelchairs.

We will return to ABQ by mid-afternoon so that you can rest and get ready for a fabulous evening we call the Sandia Twilight Tour (see below).



Sandia Twilight Tour (Albuquerque) Monday evening, June 17

(Price ~$50 includes tram and transportation; dinner is extra)

Features a ride on the world's longest (2.7 miles) aerial tram to the top of 10,378- ft. Sandia Peak. Stroll around, sip a drink, and watch one of our spectacular sunsets as the lights come on in the city a mile below. Then join us for dinner at High Finance atop the Peak, where your meal comes with a spectacular view.

If you have your own transportation to the tramway, plan on paying for parking, a tram fare of $20 round trip. Dinners are between $30 to $50, more with wine or dessert. Please indicate on the registration sheet if you think you will take this tour.



Santa Fe Trails Tuesday, June 18 overnight in Albuquerque

(Price ~ $50, including round trip transport and museum fees, meals and shopping extra).

Santa Fe is the oldest (1607) state capital in the U.S.A. and, like Albuquerque, it is loaded with museums, but many of them are closed on Monday. Therefore, we have scheduled a tour for Tuesday so that we can include museums of arts and/or history, the Palace of the Governors, a meal on the Plaza (which has been the center of this city for centuries), and the opportunity to stroll along the sidewalks around the Plaza, where skilled artists, jewelers, and craftsmen offer their wares, or to pop in to some of its many quaint and wonderful shops and galleries. We may be able to schedule a poetry event for that afternoon. Those plans are still being worked on. We will return to ABQ via Rail Runner.


Bookstore FAQ

Note: We must limit what promises to be a flood of Bookstore items to what we can manage given available staff and space. So, the FAQS have changed (from previous years) to protect the eminent.

Who is eligible to sell books?

The Federation and State Societies may send their publications with a delegate (please pre-register). Individual NFSPS members and invited presenters attending the 2013 National Convention may sell their own books or CDs in the Bookstore. All authors' names will be checked against the list of registrants.


How many items can I offer?

Members may offer up to five titles, and up to 10 copies of each title. (You may replenish Bookstore stocks if they sell out.) The Federation can submit all the titles it wishes. Societies, like individuals, may submit up to five titles with 10 copies per item.


How do I register to sell my items?

You can register your titles online; email the info to the Registrar directly at; or send by US Postal Service. Registration must be completed by May 15th or items will not be accepted for sale in the Bookstore. Only properly registered items will be included in the Bookstore print catalog or sold in the Bookstore. Display space is limited and will be allotted first-come, first-served.


What information should I provide?

An online Bookstore registration form is available, or you can email the bulleted information below to or mail it in hard copy to Convention Registrar - Bookstore, PO Box 2669, Los Lunas, NM 87031. All methods have a May 15th deadline.

  • Author's full name, last name first
  • Payee name for the check we send you for your total Bookstore sales
  • Author's mailing address, email address, phone number
  • For each book and/or CD (5 items maximum), list:
    1. Title as it shows on item
    2. Price (include any applicable taxes, then round to a whole-dollar amount)
    3. # of pages (of book) or "CD"
    4. Number of copies (10 maximum placed in the store)
    5. Ex: "Almost There: poems, 150p, $17, 10" or "Anywhere But Where I Am, CD, $12, 8"


What is the process for drop-off/pickup of my items?

Deliver your books to any of the Bookstore Staff during 9A-12P or 3-6P Thursday through Saturday (or any other time the Bookstore is open), and they will explain procedures from there. When you deliver your items, please hand the Staff a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to ensure you receive your proceeds promptly. Books must be retrieved by 12:30P on Sunday. Do NOT pre-mail books unless you arrange to pick them up yourself. The Hotel Albuquerque will not accept delivery, nor will the Convention Registrar accept delivery. If you mail it to the Registrar or to the NMSPS address, you will incur a $50 handling fee.


Will my items be protected?

The Bookstore will be locked when not staffed by at least two NMSPS members. One display copy of each book will be available to customers. Upon receiving payment, cashiers will give customers clean copies from supplies accessible only to the Staff. The NMSPS assumes no liability for missing or damaged items.


What about taxes?

Authors are responsible for any taxes imposed by the States in which they reside. Please figure in any such taxes and round your final price to a whole dollar amount. This will help avoid data entry errors.


What payment methods will be used in the Bookstore?

Cash, checks made out to New Mexico SPS, most credit cards, and Visa and Master Card debit cards will be accepted for Bookstore purchases.


When will I be paid?

As is traditional in the NFSPS, authors will receive checks for the full amount of their sales; they will be issued no later than June 30, 2013. Please indicate the payee name for the check if it is different from the author's pen name. Be sure you provide a clearly legible SASE.

Because customers may be using credit cards over a weekend, and because the Bookstore will be open to the public as well as conventioneers, it may take a few days for everything to clear. Authors should not expect to take their checks home with them from the convention.


NFSPS Convention and Invocation Poems contests

As those who have attended previous NFSPS Annual Conventions know, it has become traditional for the hosting state societies to hold two contests: one that celebrates the state or region where the convention is being held and a second contest that provides a "grace" for each meal. These contests are very popular with attendees and they help defray convention expenses for the state societies. They are the only other contests announced at the Annual Conventions, which focus primarily on awarding prizes for the 50 national contests.

La Conferencía del Encanto's Convention Poem Contest subject is the Land of Enchantment. You may choose any form (except a prose poem) up to 40 lines. Entry fee is $10. You may submit up to three poems for that $10. First Prize is $100, 2nd is $50, 3rd is $25.

NFSPS Invocation Poems: Subject is a poem of thanks, appreciation, or inspiration. No expression of denominational religious belief, please. Entry fee is $5 per poem, no limit. Six winners will receive $25 each and will read their poems just prior to lunch or dinner on June 14-16.

Poems are limited to 10 lines, compiled from the following forms: couplet; haiku or tercet; quatrain; cinquain, limerick, or tanka; sestet or 6-line Fibonacci; septet or rime royal. You may mix and/or match, but please identify the form(s) you used to create each submission (on the judge.s copy).

Rules common to both contests:
  1. No poet may win more than one prize in each contest and must attend the convention to win.
  2. Deadline for receipt is May 25, 2013.
  3. Make checks for entry fees payable to New Mexico SPS - Contest.
  4. Send 2 copies of each poem, one with name, address, phone, and email in upper right-hand corner, and the other (judge.s copy) with no contact information to:


    Jeanne Shannon

    Convention Contest Chair

    1217 Espejo St. NE

    Albuquerque, NM 87112-5215



What's New in 2013? Food, Fun, Music, Memories!

Good Eats!

Here are several excellent reasons to sign up for our discount meal plans no later than May 25th.

  1. You help ensure NMSPS can meet its convention expenses. We must, as a group, purchase a minimum amount of food from Hotel Albuquerque to obtain our meeting spaces. Otherwise, those ballrooms cost $1,500 a day.
  2. At NFSPS Conventions, unlike most other conferences, meals are not only part of the program, but often the centerpieces of activity and excitement. At meals, contest awards are announced, speakers and special contest winners make presentations, and networking flourishes. To miss the meals is to miss much of the action and half the spirit of the convention.
  3. In this time of rising restaurant prices, our contract with Hotel ABQ guarantees us quality food that, by next summer, may turn out to be the best deal going in Albuquerque. However, that contract specifies a head count by early May.

    We thought it prudent to add a surcharge of $10 per plan or $3 per meal if you order during May 25-June 10 to protect against unforeseen price hikes. We have been told that diners may not get a choice for any meals ordered after June 10--they may be served whatever the chef has left in the kitchen.
  4. You know what you are getting and have choices. This is the first time we have known ahead what the entrees will be. Members of our Steering Committee have scoped out the food at various times and found it to be of good quality. The dishes on our meal plan are offered regularly on the Hotel restaurant's menu. The chef is expert in accommodating special dietary needs.
  5. You save money by ordering early; you can order very easily--and safely--through PayPal on this website; and our discount meal plan is only $190 for 6 full meals. If you sign up now and later find you cannot come to the Convention, we will refund your money (if you notify us by June 10) or give the meal tickets to any attendee you designate.

Meal Plan Pricing

  • $190: Full Meal Plan (3 lunches, 2 dinners, Gala Banquet)
  • $ 75: Lunches Only (3 lunches)
  • $125: Dinners Only (2 dinners & Gala Banquet)
  • $ 30ea.: Single Lunches (up to 3)
  • $ 40ea.: Single Dinners (up to 2)
  • $ 50: Gala Banquet - Sunday evening

Say Cheese!

The NFSPS Board has agreed to let the NMSPS, your hosts for this event, film the contest prizewinners who are present at the Convention as they read their winning poems (with their consent, of course).

We will make DVDs of the readings and of the Keynote Address by Dana Levin, and they will be for sale at reasonable prices. Any member attendee can pre-order at the Convention and have delivery by September.

So, if you think you might be a winner, come to the Convention with your hair combed and your best voice warmed up, and put your three minutes of fame on film. All the more reason to enter the 2013 contests--and to attend the meals where contest awards are announced!

If you aren't a contestant, comb your hair anyway; you might wind up as an "extra" in a crowd shot. The film crew may be shooting elsewhere at the Convention, because our gathering will be one of several big poetic events in New Mexico over the next several years, and some of the area's filmmakers are interested in documenting those events.

Have we mentioned?

Albuquerque is a poetry hotspot, as you will see if you check out this link:

Albuquerque's Extraordinary Poetry Scene

Name that Tune!

The city is also very rich in musical talent. On the evening of Thursday, June 13, we have been given dibs on Hotel Albuquerque's beautiful outdoor pavilion, and we will be inviting local musicians and other hotel guests to join us in an acoustic music jam. Come just to relax and listen, or, if you play a musical instrument (unplugged only), bring it along and join in. Judging from past experience (which is considerable), you may hear anything from Celtic to Klezmer, blues to bluegrass, swing to salsa--and there is plenty of room to dance.

Fun, Fun, Fun!

Our aim is to have nonstop poetry (planned and spontaneous) and nonstop fun. We have lots of things for non-poets to do that are cheap and close by. The Convention site is a short three blocks from Old Town Plaza, the heart of old Albuquerque and a place where there are loads of shops, eateries, and historical buildings. It is within long walking distance or a short trolley ride to numerous museums, including the hands-on Explora Science and Technology Museum for children of all ages.

Your families won't be bored while you are in workshops. Transportation is easy and inexpensive. Trolleys and buses run from the Plaza to the RailRunner train depot (our regional commuter rail) and to other points of interest.


*Hotel Reservation and Rates:

Hotel Albuquerque's rates for NFSPS members are $99 S/Dbl, $114 for triple, $129 for quad during June 9-20 in ABQ. If you are traveling by RV but check into the Hotel Albuquerque as a guest during the Convention, you may park your RV free of charge in a lot monitored by hotel security.

NFSPS members have already begun booking rooms. Reserve now to ensure you get to stay in this lovely hotel, rather than at overflow lodgings. Call toll-free 1-866-505-STAY (7829) or email: and give them the following code:

Block Code 13062013NA

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