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Three Poets from Near and Far at Bellas Artes

By Maia Williams

Three well-traveled writers will present their poems at Poetry Café Bellas Artes on March 15.

Joan Hall, a native New Yorker, is a writer, poet, and a pioneer in the field of collage and assemblage illustration. She has been a resident of Westbeth Artist Housing in New York City since 1971.

Hall is the recipient of the 2018 Miriam Chaikin Endowment Foundation for Writing Award, established in memory of a prolific writer and longtime resident of Westbeth.

Hall’s collages and assemblages have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.

Joan illustrated The Policeman’s Beard Is Half-Constructed, the first book ever written by a computer with a program called Racter and published by Warner Books.

Known for her artwork, Joan has also been writing poetry since she was eight years old, when her poem “Spring” won best in class. She is presently illustrating a book of her own poetry.

David Dykes is a writer and teacher living in San Miguel de Allende. He is from Tennessee by way of Texas and New Orleans.

He earned his MFA in poetry from Texas State University. He can be heard most weeks on the Atticus Shrugged podcast.

Catherine Marenghi is an award-winning poet and writer, recently relocated to San Miguel. Her poems have appeared in Solamente en San Miguel and in Crossroads. One of her poems was the 2018 winner of the Crossroads Flash Writing Contest in the poetry category, selected by poet Richard Blanco. Commenting on her poem, Blanco described it as “a deft command of figurative language and metaphor, which are the essence of poetry. … Catherine Marenghi unravels and elucidates the complexities of longing, passion, and love.”

Marenghi’s writings include Glad Farm: A Memoir, a powerful story of poverty, resilience, and the triumph of life over death. She holds an MA in English from Tufts University, where she studied with Denise Levertov.

Founded in January, 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. This all-volunteer community organization features local and visiting poets (established and emerging) sharing original work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating will be first come, first seated.


Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents

Joan Hall, David Dykes, and Catherine Marenghi

Thu, Mar 15, 5–6pm

Sala Literaria, 1st Floor

El Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante”

Hernández Macías 75

Suggested donation: 50 pesos


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