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New Mexico Poets Exhibit to Open March 23 at Branigan Cultural Center 2018

The exhibit“Vision/Revision: New Mexico Poets on the Page,” will open March 23 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St.

A collaboration with the New Mexico State University Archives and the Creative Writing Program at NMSU, the exhibit will present a glimpse into the works of New Mexico poets Lorenzo Torrez, Margaret Page Hood, Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and Keith Wilson. The four poets wrote about southern New Mexico’s people, ranching life, cultural identities, and the Chihuahuan desert environment.

The working notes, drafts, and final manuscripts they left behind, held in the NMSU Archives, provide insight into the poet’s mind at work, as words are shaped into meaning.

Also, as part of the exhibit, an interactive poetry “Creation Room” will provide a desk, typewriter, writing instruments, paper, and prompts to get started writing poems. Visitors will have the opportunity to put their own work on display in the exhibit for others to see. Weekend writing workshops for all ages, poetry readings and lectures also will be part of the exhibit schedule.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 575/541-2154, or visit the website at or call 575-541-2154.