Category: Pen and Poet Podcast (Page 1 of 2)

Episode 16: Cathy Cook

For the last three years Cathy Cook has performed slam poetry in New Mexico.

She tied for second at the 2018 Southwest Shootout in the individual category and was the 2018 Lobo Slam Champion.

Her work is published in Raven Chronicles and 3Elements Literary Review and is forthcoming in Roanoke Review, and Toe Good. Her poetry is inspired by the body of the land and by the landscape of her body. Find more work at Find her zines at Bookworks or Astrozombies.


Episode 15: Jack Tapestry

Jack Tapestry has been a slam poet for two decades. Tapestry came from Oklahoma City, resides in Albuquerque, and his poetry is amazingly gut wrenching and powerful. He’s also a comedian and over all performance master.

You can find Jack Tapestry on Youtube and at poetry and comedy events throughout Albuquerque.

Tapestry is also on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

Episode 14: Gina Marselle


Gina Marselle is not only a poet but a high school teacher, mother, wife, and photographer. You can find her work in many places like the Alibi, the Rag, Adobe Walls, among others. She’s author of the book of poetry called A Fire of Prayer: a Collection of Poetry and Photography. And her photography can be found, among other places, in A Fire of Prayer and also the book of poetry, September, by Katrina Guarascio (or Katrina Crespin, who we’ve had on the show already).

Episode 13: Jules Nyquist

I sit and speak with Jules Nyquist, traditional and spoken word New Mexico poet, about her new book “Homesick, then”, about life, loss, healing, family, and of course shares some of her poetry.

Jules Nyquist is the founder of Jules’ Poetry Playhouse, LLC, a place for poetry and play in Albuquerque, NM, which also is the umbrella for Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications.  In 2017, three books by women were published, with future tiles in 2018. Jules is a native Minnesotan and moved to Albuquerque on spring equinox 2011. Jules teaches creative writing and poetry classes and hosts poetry readings with visiting writers. She took her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, VT. Her two books of poems, Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites (Beatlick Press), were finalists for the NM/AZ Book Awards.   Her latest book is Homesick, then which is a poetic memoir of the life and death of her parents and deals with caretaking issues and also domestic violence suffered by her grandmother. Jules’ poems have appeared in 5 AM, Salamander, Malpais Review, Adobe Walls, A View from the Loft, St. Paul Almanac, Long Islander News, Gray Sparrow, House Organ, Duke City Fix, Café Review and others. She is co-editor of the Poets Speak Anthology series by Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications and Beatlick Press.

Episode 11: Zachary Kluckman


Zachary Kluckman is an award winning poet. Named the 2015 and 2016 Slam Organizer of the Year, 2014 Slam Artist of the Year at the National Poetry Awards. They’ve been on national slam stages as an individual and as part of a group, including the Rumble Room team that went to Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2017. At SoFried, Kluckman lead 3 newbies (me, Robin Reynolds, and Anna Martinez). A founding organizer the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program. Author of Per-City Poems, Animals in Our Flesh, Some of it is Muscle, and , one of the 4 poets in Rumble Room Volume 1, and has published at least 100 poems in various publications outside of these 4 collections.

Rowie Shebala

Performance poet Rowie Shebala talks about her time on many final stages representing several different cities around the US, family, her life as a Native American in the Southwest, and as always, shares some of her poetry.

PS: I had the pleasure of sharing the Albuquerque Grand Slam Championship stage with Rowie just yesterday. We tied for first. Rowie’s been on so many stages around the country it’s more than an honor to compete against her, as well as everyone else who graced the night with their poetry.


Episode 10: Katrina Crespin

Poet and managing editor for Swimming With Elephants Publishings Katrina Crespin talks about her life as a poet, an editor for an Albuquerque small press company, her growth as both a traditional and performance poet, and reads some of her poems.

You can find Katrina Crespin’s work under her maiden name Katrina Guarascio at Her works include ‘my verse‘, ‘The Fall of a Sparrow‘, and ‘September: traces of letting go‘.

Episode 9: Paulie Lipman

Paulie Lipman is a performer, writer, and poet who’s been on national poetry slam finals stages, has been on the slam scene for 16 years, and recently published a chapbook with Swimming with Elephants Publications called “from below/denied the light.” Paulie is published in journals and some of their performances can be found on Youtube. Paulie is currently touring the US and taking bookings as of March 15, 2018.

You can purchase “from below/denied the light” from Amazon here, find Paulie and some of their tour dates here, or find Paulie on Twitter and Instagram as well.

Episode 8: Mercedez Holtry

Performance poet Mercedez Holtry talks about her two poetry collections, what it’s like to be a Chicana poet, how she got involved in slam poetry, and of course, shares some of her art. You can find her books My Blood is Beautifuland, and, just released in February of 2018, her newest collection I Bloomed a Resistance from my Mouth at

Episode 7: Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown is a poet born and raised here in Albuquerque.

Matthew is the author Verbrennen, a collection of poetry. He’s been on a number of slam teams and a few of his poems are on YouTube as he’s been on National Poetry Slam Finals stage, been part of top slam teams. Matthew’s poetry tends to lean toward exposing social, racial, and economic inequalities from a Hispanic, gay, and African American perspective. More recently Matthew has been looking inward…and we discuss a lot of that in this week’s episode. And of course, poems!

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