A New Cadence in April -- May and Candelaria


Jamaal Versiz May
Xochiqueztal Candelaria

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Felix Kulpa Gallery
107 Elm Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(Behind Streetlight Records)

Jamaal Vs. May is a poet, editor, producer and recording artist from Detroit, MI. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily and The Collagist among other magazines and anthologies. He has received a Bread Loaf Work Study Scholarship, a Pushcart nomination, an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review and a Cave Canem Fellowship. May is a two time Midwest Regional Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Individual World Slam finalist. He is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College and teaches poetry in public schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. His first chapbook “The God Engine” was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. Production and engineering credits include The Last Poets, Dead Prez and The Four Tops.

Xochiqueztal Candelaria was raised in San Juan Bautista, California, and holds degrees from UC Berkeley and New York University. She is the author of Empire, from Univ. of Arizona Press. Her work has appeared in The Nation, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Seneca Review, and other magazines. She has also written articles for the online journal: Solo Ella. Xochiqueztal received fellowships from UC Berkeley, New York University, Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference (2005, 2006), Hall Farm Center for the Arts, The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the LEF Foundation. She was the winner of the 2006 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, and the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. She currently lives in San Francisco.


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A New Cadence Poetry Series

Poetry Santa Cruz’s monthly readings at Bookshop SC and Capitola Book Café are the most prestigious venues for verse we have, but for more offbeat and unpredictable literary fare, A New Cadence series—hosted by James Maughn and usually held at the always interesting Felix Kulpa Gallery—is tough to beat. Like the PSC series, New Cadence sometimes mixes visiting with resident poets, but often one or two or a whole gang of exotic bards blows into town for an edgier evening of flying language and verbal subversion. (SK)