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 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!

Episode 6: Gigi Bella

Gigi Bella is an award winning poet, a musical theater actress, and teacher. She’s represented Albuquerque, NM in national poetry slam competitions, is all over Youtube, and is author of “22”, a book of poetry. You can find her book on Amazon. We talk about her poetry, the good the bad the ugly of moving from Albuquerque to New York, and about life. And of course, we hear some of her amazing poetry.

Gigi is scheduled to tour this spring into summer of 2018. So be on the lookout for dates in your area.

Episode 4: Robin Reynolds

Interview with poet, writer, and artist Robin Reynolds.

You can find many of her poems in Rumble Room on Amazon, her short story collection Cutting Your Losses on Amazon (might still be under her old name Robin Kalinich), and find her art along with many other artists work all over the Internet by searching Ink and Alchemy. Her artist platform has many followers and artists sharing their work and experiences.