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April is National Poetry month. The Mesa Public Library is celebrating a few days early as Quotes: The Authors Speak Series presents Veronica Golos and Andrea Watson, noted poets and publishers. The presentation is set for 7 p.m. March 27 at the upstairs rotunda.
Golos is acquisitions editor and Watson is founding publisher and editor of 3: A Taos Press, a multicultural and ethically voiced publishing house, dedicated to fostering and honoring the work of writers of all cultures. The press places an emphasis on poetry manuscripts.
Golos is an accomplished poet, teacher, editor, curator and activist. Her early writing was inspired by blues singers and the gospel and protest songs of the 1960s.
Her own poetry looks beneath the “accepted truths” to investigate other possible perceptions. Golos’ first book, “A Bell Buried Deep,” (Story Line Press) was a co-winner of the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her book, “No Ordinary Women,” was adapted for stage in New York’s Theatre Row, and at Claremont Theological Seminary in California. Her latest book, “Vocabulary of Silence” (Red Hen Press), won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, for best single book of poetry.
Watson’s poetry has appeared in “Nimrod,” “Rhino,” “Cream City Review,” “Ekphrasis,” “International Poetry Review,” “Memoir” and “The Dublin Quarterly,” among others. Watson has designed and curated 18 “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; Threaded Lives,” with its book, “Poems from the Fiber World” and, most recently, “Fragments: Poets and Artists of the South and Southwest.”
Watson is also co-editor of “Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined,” finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award, and of the new anthology, “Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai,” from FutureCycle Press, the proceeds of which are dedicated to the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education.