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Across Open Ground

On Sunday, October 11, 5 p.m., Teatro Paraguas, the theatre and community performance space located at 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe, will host poet and essayist John Nixalowski, poet John Knoll, musician/novelist R.E.C. Chipper Thompson and poet/essayist John Macker for an evening of music and spoken word performance.

Chipper Thompson, originally from Athens, Alabama, who has lived in Taos since 1992, is the author of Homefields: The Art of Lanford Monroe and the 2014 novel, The Substance of Things Hoped For. He is also a widely acclaimed artist and popular local musician and has released several cd’s. His art can be seen at Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe and one of his paintings illustrated John Macker’s 2014 book of poems, Disassembled Badlands.

John Knoll, a long-time resident of Pojoaque, is a post-quantum, neo-dadaist, pseudo-shaman with five published books of poetry, including Elevator Music for the Dead. He’s coming out of retirement for this reading, his first in four years.

Essayist and poet, John Nizalowski, born and raised in upstate New York, moved to Santa Fe in the mid 1980’s, where he wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He taught college English at the Penitentiary of New Mexico and clerked at the Burnt Horses Bookstore. He is the author of three books: the multi-genre work entitled Hooking the Sun, a collection of poetry, The Last Matinee, and, The Land of Cinnamon Sun, a 2013 collection of essays. Nizalowski has published widely in a variety of literary journals and currently teaches creative writing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Poet and essayist John Macker who lives in Santa Fe, will read from new work as well as his two most recent books, Disassembled Badlands and Blood in the Mix (with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh). His essays on poets and poetry continue to appear in Malpais Review and other publications.

The reading is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 505-954-5700.