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Carlos Contreras, is the Community Engagement Strategist at ProgressNow NM, a Kellogg Community Leadership Network Fellow, and Masters Student in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Formerly an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chicano Studies. Contreras is a community organizer, artist, father, and human being. Contreras works daily to try and make the community he lives in, a better place for everyone who lives there too.
Ebony isis Booth
A 2006 National Poetry Slam Champion, and recipient of Westword’s Mastermind Award
in Literary Arts for her work as hostess of Café Nuba; Ebony Isis Booth is committed to
her work. Since relocating to Albuquerque in early 2015, Isis has continued to fuel her
drive toward art-ivism as Programs & Communications Coordinator for Harwood Art
Center while simultaneously writing and performing original poetry and prose; heralding
social justice, self love, and perseverance in and around New Mexico. In 2016, Ebony
celebrated the inaugural edition of Burque Noir, a multimedia performance and art
showcase which centers Black artists in New Mexico. Ebony Isis Booth serves on the
Board of Directors for YWCA New Mexico as a steward of the organization's mission,
"Eliminating racism. Empowering women."
Damien Flores hails from nowhere but Albuquerque, Alburque, the Duke City, El Duque, La Plaza Vieja, La Ruca, Old Town, New Mexico, United States of Atzlán. His first collection of poetry, Junkyard Dogs, was published by West End Press this year. Flores earned a BA in English and Chicano Studies from the University of New Mexico, and was recipient of the Lena Todd Award for creative non-fiction from the UNM English Department. He was named NM Hispano Entertainer's Association’s Poet of the Year in 2007 and 2008. He has been a key member of 10 poetry slam teams, including four national champions: ABQSlams 2011 and 2016 (National Poetry Slam Group Piece Champions), and UNM Loboslam 2006 and 2008 (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational). His poems appear in two chapbooks, A Novena of Mud and El Cuento de Juana Henrieta, published by Destructible Heart Press. His work has been featured in Bomb Magazine, The Daily Lobo, Duke City Fix, El Palacio, Albuquerque: The Magazine, and An Underground Guide to Alburquerque, and anthologized in Malpais Review, De Veras: Young Voices From the National Hispanic Cultural Center, The 2006 National Poetry Slam Anthology, and A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene. He teaches at The University of New Mexico and the Native American Community Academy. He hosts The Spoken Word Hour, Sunday nights on 89.9 KUNM-FM.
Jessica Helen Lopez
Jessica Helen Lopez was the former City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate and the Poet-In- Residence for the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History from 2014 - 2016. She has also
been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE and named one of the “10 Up
and Coming Lantinx Poets You Need to Know” by international digital publisher and agency,
Remezcla. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. She is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her second collection of radical feminist poetry, Cunt. Bomb. is published by Swimming with Elephants Publication (2014). Her third collection, The Language of Bleeding: Poems for the International Poetry Festival, Nicaragua (SWEP) is a limited release in honor of her ambassadorial visit to Granada, Nicaragua.
As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in on the Albuquerque Convention Center, on the outside of a library, in inner-city buses and in numerous anthologies across the globe. Bellamy was recognized as an honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer and journalist in 2007, and was awarded the Emerging Creative Bravos Award by Creative Albuquerque in 2013. In 2014, Bellamy was named a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Food Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. Bellamy has been named “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi’s annual Best of Burque poll every year since 2010. His first book, SWEAR (West End Press/UNM Press) won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association. He is the co-creator of the multimedia Hip Hop theater production Urban Verbs: Hip-Hop Conservatory & Theater that has been staged throughout the country. He facilitates youth writing workshops for schools, jails, churches, prisons and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond. Currently, Bellamy is completing multidisciplinary arts projects (manuscripts) from his travels to Turkey and Nepal last summer. Bellamy has had his work featured on AlterNet, Truthout, CounterPunch and the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Radio Show. He is the on-air television host for New Mexico PBS's ¡COLORES! Program. Bellamy holds an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico, is the proud father of a 7 year-old miracle and is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC.
Patrick Burnham, better known in the art continuum by the handle Cloud Face, is a Navajo/Hopi painter, musician, dancer, dj, producer and all around true expressionist. Much like the constant evolution of form and direction we see in a cloud making it's way across the sky, Cloud Face the artist, possesses the ability to enter an environment and enhance every aspect of his surroundings, shape shifting seamlessly through his crafts to create an inspiration that is comparable to a modern day renaissance man, now often known as the B-Boy .
Adelina Cruz is queer non-binary Xicanx from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Adelina is an emerging visual artist who primarily works with acrylics, oil, spray paint, and more recently graphic design and digital art. Adelina strongly believes that art can be used as a form of activism, education, personal and community healing. Adelina's palette includes bright colors and bold visuals, painting the stories of their experiences and the world around them, focusing on themes and issues such as gender identity, queerness, addiction, resistance, xicanx identity and cultura.
“Devoid of clothing, the women of St Jame are known for being nude. However, a closer examination reveals a deeper level of exposure. Each work is built atop a wood panel hand-picked by the artist, with a variety of mediums – primarily charcoal and pastel, but also acrylic, ink, and makeup – bringing them to life. Yet, even staring back at you, blushing with awareness, they reveal a transparency preserved despite the layers of mediums, a hint of wood grain that recalls what they are really made of. This inception of meaning, details within a detail, continue across each face – their freckles, “sun spots,” are actually stars in disguise, a constellation hidden somewhere within their array. Even the artist’s signature “St Jame” is something of a puzzle, a derivation of his last name – St Jame > Saint James > Santo Yago > Santiago. Santiago was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and spent his early years as a Hawaiian shirt wearing – rolly-back pack pulling super-fan of the film Titanic. Eventually, he forsook the former and embraced the latter, becoming a charcoal artist specializing in female portraiture. Along this road to artist, he attended and graduated from the University of New Mexico, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. While at UNM, he discovered many of the techniques and mediums he still uses, as well as discovering a love and appreciation for art. Art, for Santiago, is a passion constantly evolving through artistic experimentation and experience. Each piece is defined not only as a final product, but also through the process, materials, and ideas that went into its creation. In observing a glimpse of its wood-grained origin within the final product, viewers are allowed to be part of the artistic journey and reflect on their own path to that moment. It allows them to delve deeper, be reflective, exposed, naked with the art.”
Natalee Maxwell is an interdisciplinary artist who seeks to communicate through multiple mediums: dance, painting, and fashion design. She is interested in objectifying the initial allure of beauty by delving beneath its façade. Her background in classical ballet gives me an understanding of the moving physiological body as a conduit for revelations, and she uses those insights in her work. Control and freedom are qualities that are in constant flux in ballet, and by allowing freedom of movement to overcome strict technique it is made most beautiful. "I am interested in this concept as a larger metaphor for Duality and I wish is to uncover the ways Light triumphs. I utilize the white lily as my symbol of purity, divinity, and the struggle required for something beautiful to grow- all of which are reoccurring themes in my art.
I am proud to be from Albuquerque, New Mexico and am a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Arts Studio and Minor in English. I currently work as a ballet instructor and freelance ballet dancer in addition to painting. My clothing design brand is titled White Lily."
Al' Nair Lara
Al Na'ir Micael Lara is an Artist and Educator born in Berino, New Mexico. He currently resides in Albuquerque and received his Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking in 2007, from the University of New Mexico. He is a multi-media artist with concentration in Illustration, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic, aerosol, live arts and mural work. Themes in his work include: life, people in the act of sharing conversation/ideas, farming, landscape, animals, history, portraiture, and death. Al Na'ir combines notions of environment and how individuals are a reflection of their physical space, "You are what you eat, drink, consume, and share."
Colin Diles Hazelbaker
Professionally certified, passionately motivated audio engineer, producer and educator. Founder of Visceral View Entertainment, defined as “Conviction Arising From One’s Mental Or Spiritual Being, Obtained Through Intuition Rather Than Reasoning”. This professional and business-oriented arts collective is focused on nourishing and expanding creative community, developing young artists, and supporting them in pursuit of their dreams. Diles also co-operates Central Root Studios, a recording studio and artistic epicenter in Albuquerque, NM. Diles has released over 20 albums and collaborated with artists from around the world as well as having performed in venues, guest lectured, and facilitated workshops across the country and internationally in conjunction with organizations such as The Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, The Santa Fe Opera, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Little Globe, Bernalillo County Parks and Recreations Program, Tricklock Theatre, and Warehouse 508 among several universities as well as public and charter high schools across the SouthWest and US with Hip-Hop theatre group Urban Verbs. “Diles’ beats have a fine studio sheen, but drop a fraction of a beat every so often to remind you that they’re the product of human hands “- Kent Williams LittleVilliageMagazine