Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Jessica Helen Lopez
Email jessicahelenlopez@gmail.com
Phone 505/203-9055
Address 1421 Arno St SE
Albuquerque, NM  87102
Biographical Info Jessica Helen Lopez was the Albuquerque Poet Laureate 2014-16. She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE magazine. Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of the 2012 and 2014 Women of the World (WOW) City of ABQ Champion.
Program Title BORDERLANDS POETICS AND SLAM POETRY: How the Spoken Word Empowers Us All
Program Description No matter what roaming peoples, migratory tides, or cultures/civilizations from across wind-swept continents, land bridges, and oceans that have been settled and founded, the oral tradition is an ancient means of conveying information. It is the way we share our stories. And it must be recognized that the story of the storyteller is indeed a most interesting and necessary role of the human species. I propose that, as a storyteller/poet/spoken word artist myself, that it is important that I share the message of poetry. It is not an esoteric form of communication meant only for those pedigreed and who reside within the walls of academe. Rather, poetry is of the people. It belongs to the people. It has been and is continuously shaped by the people who dwell within borderlands. These borderlands can be geographical boundaries, both man-made and imagined lines in the sand, or the “in-betweenness” that resides within all of us.
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets; New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Seeking to understand
who we are,
who we were
and who we aspire to be.

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