Natachee Momaday Gray, a native of Santa Fe currently living in Albuquerque, is the winner of the UNM Lena Todd award in poetry. She is a poet, hand fashioned book-maker, fiction writer, blues singer, and film maker. She has been featured as a SOMOS reader in Taos at the Harwood Museum. Her work draws on her Native American heritage and the finest lyric and narrative traditions to create a compelling unique voice that transcends labels and cliched classifications. She is steeped in the visual and literary artistic traditions. Natachee curates the gallery space at THE BREW in Albuquerque.
Dan Bohnhorst is a poet, actor and dramatist, and the author of the collection
Twenty Poems. Originally from Minnesota, he moved to Santa Fe in 2011. Since then, he has collaborated annually with Teatro Paraguas, a bilingual theater on the southside of Santa Fe, to produce staged presentations of Spanish-language poetry. Most recently, he wrote, directed and performed in Word Over All: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, a bilingual celebration of two of the American continent’s most beloved poets. Dan's own poems have appeared locally in the Santa Fe Reporter and Santa Fe Literary Review, and nationally in Rattle, Word Riot, and the Best New Poets 2014 anthology. He holds degrees in history, poetry, and violin repair, and he works at op.cit bookstore in Santa Fe. Dan's work reflects his multi-lingual relationship with poetry, and merges Spanish Language traditions with modern narrative tropes to expose the underbelly of human emotion and its relationship with the natural world.
These two voices represent the poetic strength of a new generation of writers, unafraid to reach deep into tradition and render language new.