Kaktus Zoom with Ray Johnson & Sandy Yannone
followed by open mic!
Hosted by John Roche
Join us for this featured reading with two powerful poets!
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New Mexico poet and woodworker Raymond Johnson grew up in Milwaukee during the Fifties and Sixties and earned his BA in Romantic Languages from the University of Wisconsin. In the early eighties, he moved to Albuquerque via NYC. For many years, Johnson taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools at the mid-school level. A life-long gardener, outdoorsman, craftsman, and furniture maker, Johnson has been writing poetry for over fifty years, and is the author of Swoosh of Heron Wings (Duende Press, Placitas, NM, 2017). He brings to realization the harvest of his lyrical search for deeper meaning and the simple revelations offered through an intensive exploration of his experience. Raymond now lives within the city of Rio Rancho on the escarpments overlooking the Rio Grande valley. His new book, Brother Sunset, is about to be published by Poetry Playhouse Publications (Placitas, NM).
Sandra Yannone grew up near the edge of the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Her interest in the Titanic disaster of 1912 sparked a dialogue with Ireland, the country where Titanic was built (Belfast) and her last port of call (Cobh, formerly Queenstown), as well as with other international sites connected with the disaster. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in numerous print and online journals including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Stony Thursday Book, Glass: A Poetry Journal, Women’s Review of Books, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, CALYX: A Journal, and Seattle Review. She has written numerous articles about the intersections between poetry and social justice for the monthly newspaper Works in Progress. Her work has received the Academy of American Poets Prize and an AWP Intro Award. She earned her B.A. in writing and literature from Wheaton College (MA); an M.F.A. from Emerson College; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently, she is the Faculty Director of the Writing Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.