New Mexico poets Jules Nyquist and John Roche do more than write poetry. Jules operates Jules Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque, a venue featuring readings by poets from the immediate area as well as from all over the country.
In addition to providing a physical venue, together they have begun a publishing program called Poets Speak. Poets Speak, when completed, will consist of five themed anthologies. The series was inspired by the recent U.S. presidential election that left John with a bad case of insomnia. He decided he needed to act and, working with Jules, the series was born.
As they describe it, the series is “in response to the national and planetary crisis provoked by the election of 11/8/16. ‘Poets Speak (while they still can).’ is co-published by Beatlick Press and Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications. Noted Albuquerque artist Denise Weaver Ross serves as Art Editor and is providing cover designs for the series.
The first two anthologies in the series—Trumped and Hers, have been published and the third volume, Water, is imminent.
John and Jules are still accepting submissions for Vol 4: Survival (surviving Trumplandia, physically, politically, emotionally, both as individuals and as communities.) and Vol 5: Walls (Physical and abstract borders that divide us). Complete guidelines for submission are available at the website where the books can be purchased: http://www.julesnyquist.com/submissions-poets-speak-.html
Any profits from the project will go to: Southwest Women’s Law Center; American Civil Liberties Union; the Southern Poverty Law Center; National Immigration Law Center; and the Indigenous Environmental Network.