Paul Muldoon, Anna Martinez, and Jimmy Santiago Baca


Anna C. Martinez is a mother, grandmother, performance/competitive/slam poet, and civil rights attorney licensed in NM and Washington, D.C. Born in Los Angeles on Normandie Avenue at the height of its civil rights movements, Anna was then raised from school age in Española, NM and currently lives in Albuquerque. She was first published in 2014 in anthologies La Palabra: the Word is Woman, and Lowriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul with artists such as Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano and has opened for poets such as Buddy Wakefield and internationally renowned performance artist Guillermo Gomez Peña and La Pocha Nostra. Host of monthly poetry show Divinely Inspired and in-house poet at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural De Arte in Taos, NM, Anna has held titles as ABQ Chicano/a City Slam Champ, XXX Haiku City Champ, and 2019 City Slam Champ for, and executive council member of, team Mindwell Slam with whom she will compete in 2020 at the largest slam competition in the country, Southern Fried Poetry Slam. Anna is also on the board of directors for Burque Revolt Poetry Slam, LLC and opens her home for free to touring poets, housing 15 of them within the last two years. Anna is currently working on publishing her first book of poetry.  

Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for more than thirty years. He is the author of thirteen collections of poetry including "Moy Sand and Gravel" (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, and "Frolic and Detour" (2019), as well as "Selected Poems 1968-2014" (2016). Roger Rosenblatt, writing recently in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as “one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems -
word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.”

           (photo of Paul Muldoon by Gary Doak)

      Jimmy Santiago Baca at BookWorks