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#POTP Featuring Mercedes Holtry
P.oetry O.f T.he P.EOPLE
Open Monthly Open Mic
Monday May 21st
Zona Del Sol
Featuring Mercedes Holtry and their new book of fierce poetry!
“I Bloomed A Resistance From My Mouth”
Mercedez Holtry is a poet, writer, mentor, and Xicana feminist who focuses on bringing out her roots, experiences and lessons learned through her poetry in hopes that
they embrace her people and other artists around her. She has represented ABQ on multiple final and semi final stages for national poetry events. She placed 3rd out of 72 for best woman poet for the year of 2015 and holds multiple Albuquerque Slam Championships.
She is a National Poetry Slam Group Piece Champion (2016), the winner of Modesto’s “ILL List Slam” in California (2017), and was featured in Mexico City’s “Diverso” Poetry Festival embracing Mexican voices through poetry (2017). She has worked with youth in poetry workshops in multiple cities around the country including Aspen Words’ “Poetry in the Schools” project since 2015. Mercedez is not only a poet but an outreach coordinator for the youth in Albuquerque in which she organizes workshops and poetry events for the youth to participate in. Since graduating from the University of New Mexico with her bachelors in Chicano Studies and Journalism, she continues to host a monthly poetry reading for the UNM called “Lobo Slam”. She is passionate about spoken word and aspires to continually learn all she can about her art through working, slamming and organizing for her community.
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Alas De Agua Art Collective
Alas De Agua Art Collective is an intersectional grass roots space providing resources and opportunities for artists of color, native artists, immigrant, undocumented and queer artist who have historically and currently been marginalized and not afforded the same resources . We remove barriers and go around them. We believe in abundance where there seems to be scarcity. We believe in compassionate conflict. We help support artistic visions that are counter narratives to dominant culture and believe diversity is key in creating community.