Poetry

Poets illuminate their inner universes

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 6/26/19

Two poets are set to take listeners on a verbal journey through the wilds of their imaginations. A poetry reading by Paula J. Lambert and Ariana Kramer is planned Saturday (June 29), 7 …

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Poets illuminate their inner universes

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Two poets are set to take listeners on a verbal journey through the wilds of their imaginations.

A poetry reading by Paula J. Lambert and Ariana Kramer is planned Saturday (June 29), 7 p.m., at the SOMOS Salon and Bookshop, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Admission is free.

Lambert is a literary and visual artist from Columbus, Ohio. Author of "The Ecstasy of Wanting" (2018), "The Sudden Seduction of Gravity" (2012) and "The Guilt That Gathers" (2009), her new collection, "A Lesson in Possibilities," received project support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

She is a residency artist for the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning Program, past recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, and has twice been a fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Her poetry is said to focus on the anatomy of birds. By digging deep into their bones, beaks and feathers, she has found her way to issues both deeply personal and broadly political, according to press materials.

Lambert owns Full/Crescent Press, a small publisher of poetry books and broadsides, through which she has organized numerous public events that support the intersection of poetry and science.

Kramer is the voice behind Tempo's widely read "The Hum" music column. But, she also writes poetry inspired by her appreciation for the natural world and the inner landscape.

She has studied creative writing with Christine Hemp, Rick Hillis and Ann Coleman Stevenson, among others. In 2017, she was awarded an Aldo & Estella Leopold Writers Residency along with composer Andrea Clearfield. Together, they created "Transformed by Fire" a musical-poetic piece that explores Aldo Leopold's changing perception of wolves and the necessary role they play in our ecosystems.

Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Box, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, Unlost Journal, Tiny Seed Literary Journal and Riverfeet Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Reed College and a master's in education with a focus on leadership in ecology, culture and learning from Portland State University.

In addition to the reading, the duo plan "Bountiful Birds: An Ecopoetry Workshop" on Saturday (June 29), also at SOMOS. For fees, registration and details, call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.

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