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Lit, Zen & Creative Women

Lit, Zen & Creative Women

Celebrating International Women's History Month.

Matters of the Art: Lit, Zen & Creative Women


Greetings, Matters of the Art readers, I’m filling in for the eminent Lisa Barrow, who’s making a human at the moment.

Lusty lit at The Tannex

So you’ve developed a cavity from all the half-price Valentine’s Day candy you bought, and now you’re looking for something wordsy with a bit of spice. Look no further than the Leap Reading at The Tannex (1417 Fourth SW) on Monday, February 29th, at 7:00 p.m.

The space — home to an extensive zine library and the site of several previous events for the annual ABQ Zine Fest — has presented comparable evenings in years past, including Dirty Zine Readings and a night of Smut Trivia.

Leap Reading curator Marya Errin Jones promises grown-up guests some sexy fun with readings from lascivious local zinesters, a photo booth, games and raffle prizes. The suggested donation is $5. Sorry, lit kids: this zine reading is definitely adults only. For more info, visit bit.ly/LeapReading.

Natalie Goldberg at Bookworks

Courtesy of Banyen Books.

2016 looks like another interesting zig in the expansive, zigzagging journey of writer Natalie Goldberg. In addition to marking the 30th anniversary of her seminal work “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” with a new edition, Goldberg is promoting a new essay collection. Get your literary om on at her reading at Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW) on Friday, March 4th, at 6:00 p.m.

Her 1986 classic “Writing Down the Bones” sold over a million copies and been translated into 12 languages, gracing bookshelves of writers of all ages, the world over. A student of Zen Buddhism for over 30 years, Goldberg’s body of work explores writing as Zen practice.

With “The Great Spring,” Goldberg examines maintaining longevity in the writing life through humorous, insightful essays set in locales ranging from New Mexico’s deserts to Japanese monasteries and the French countryside.

Several of Goldberg’s “The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life” essays were previously published in various forms in several magazines, including “Shambhala Sun,” now “Lion’s Roar,” and “Creative Nonfiction.” Author Ruth Ozeki praised the collection, saying Goldberg “follows her own sage counsel, writing her way toward an understanding of what it is to be fully alive.” Get more deets from Bookworks by calling 344-8139 or visiting bkwrks.com/great-spring.

Women & Creativity at 516, IPCC

Courtesy of Calkins Creek.

Every March, we celebrate International Women’s History Month, commemorating achievements made by female figures past and present. This year marks the 11th anniversary of New Mexico’s annual Women & Creativity Month, a month-long series of events at a variety of Albuquerque venues. All events promote awareness of innovative contributions from women working across many creative disciplines.

516 ARTS and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are two of many Albuquerque art spaces participating in this year’s events. On Thursday, March 10th, at 6:00 p.m., 516 ARTS (516 Central SW) presents “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” alongside conversation with filmmaker Katrina Parks and author Carolyn Meyer. Parks is the documentarian behind “Opportunity Bound,” a film that tells the stories of the titular “girls,” over 100,000 women so nicknamed for their employer, hospitality mogul Fred Harvey.

Over the course of 80 years, the Harvey Girls worked as railroad station waitresses in one of the first all-female American workforces. Parks’ documentary has appeared on over a dozen PBS stations nationwide. Meyer, meanwhile, is the author of “Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl,” an historical YA novel set in 1926.

The Harvey Girls are now regarded as vitally important to the development of New Mexico. The evening happens as part of 516 ARTS exhibition “At Home in the World.” Check out Megan Kamerick’s coverage of “At Home in the World” at bit.ly/FrontierMentalityABQFP.

Women pass along recipes and knowledge of our grandmothers’ names to the next generation. We teach important life lessons through storytelling. We stitch up heirloom quilts we give as wedding gifts. That’s why the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th St. NW) is hosting “Women as Creators and Keepers of Tradition,” two days of events examining ways that Pueblo and Native American women carry on their many creative cultural traditions.

Events start at noon on Saturday, March 12th, and Sunday, March 13th, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). Pottery dances and traditional songs from Zuni Olla Maidens begin each day’s events. Saturday’s include “Lucy Lewis: Celebrating the Legacy,” exploring the legacy of Acoma Pueblo pottery legend Lewis at 1:00 p.m., and a screening of “A Thousand Voices,” a documentary about New Mexico Native American women, at 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m., guests can take in “A View into the Collection,” an exclusive look at artwork from IPCC’s vault. Works by Pueblo painters Pablita Velarde (!), Helen Hardin and Margarete Bagshaw will be on display. All events are free with museum admission, which ranges from $5 for adults to free for the under-5 set. For more info, call IPCC at 843-7270 or visit indianpueblo.org. Scope info on all of this year’s Women & Creativity Month events at womenandcreativity.org.

M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.

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