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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

07:00 PM  
Kaktus LIVE with Hakim Bellamy & Bill O'Neill. ZOOM open mic

LIVE event broadcast from Kaktus Brewery in Bernalillo

Hosted by John Roche

"pass the hat" (donation button) for the poets!

Two featured poets, followed by open mic on Zoom

Register in advance for this event:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You will also be asked in the link if you want to read at the open mic. Open mic is ZOOM only.

John, Hakim & Bill will be LIVE ON STAGE at Kaktus Brewery

Featured poets will be recorded for future viewing.

US Democratic Senator Bill O'Neill  - District 13 Bernalillo, NM.

Bill O'Neill grew up in rural Ohio and graduated from Cornell University. He was elected to the New Mexico Legislature in 2008.  His poems have appeared in numerous literary reviews, both regional and national. Bill's career has been framed by his work with non-profits, with a focus on incarcerated juveniles and adults. In 2005 Governor Bill Richardson appointed him Executive Director of the NM Juvenile Parole Board. Named an Emerging Leader in 2016 by the University Of Virginia's Darden School, he credits his early literary inspiration to mentors E.L. Doctorow and V.B. Price.

Bill will be reading from his forthcoming poetry collection, "The Definition Of Empty", University Of New Mexico Press, due out in February 2021.

The Freedom of the Ignored (Red Mountain Press, 2017)
Panoramic Diaries, Red Mountain Press, 2020 (Fiction)


Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (2012-2014). His work has been widely anthologized and published in Truthout , The Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology , Counterpunch , Mas Tequila Review , and other books and journals. Bellamy has written and performed for scores of public venues and forums, from Occupy to the New Mexico State Legislature.

Swear (West End Press, 2013)
Prayer Flag Poems: Poems for Nepal (Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2015)
Onna Tuesday: A Collection of Poems from Carlos Contreras and Hakim Bellamy (2017)
We are Neighbors: Albuquerque, NM (2019)