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Poetry Café at Bellas Artes Celebrates Third Anniversary with Local Poets Performance

Cynthia McCloud MG_0205

By Maia Williams

On January 17, Poetry Café Bellas Artes will mark its third anniversary by featuring three highly regarded local poets.

Because her father was in the Foreign Service, Cynthia McCloud grew up in several countries, including Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Canada, and France.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Cynthia went to San Francisco, where she earned a master’s degree at Lone Mountain College (now part of the University of San Francisco). Lone Mountain published her poetry in the book A Rare Bird Flies Past.

She has written all her life and is now working on a story about an experience in Oman where she lived for eleven years and taught English at the university.

Four years ago, Cynthia left Oman and, with her cat, came directly to San Miguel de Allende, where she had lived more than 40 years ago with her aunt and uncle. She attended her first writing classes at the Instituto Allende.

Ken Morrow set out to spend his life beating on things as a percussionist. Along the way, the music got frozen into architecture. Now retired from that profession, he busies himself thawing architecture back into music as a writer of program notes for classical performances and as a poet. Ken writes poetry under the pen name K M Howard to honor his father, Howard Morrow. Ken’s first collection of poetry, Uncertainty Principle, will be introduced at the reading.

Linda Laino is an artist, writer, and teacher who has been making art in one form or another for more than 35 years. Holding an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she enjoys playing with words as much as with form and color.

Since 2012, Linda has resided in San Miguel, where the surreal atmosphere and sensuous colors have wormed their way into her paintings. The last few years have found her making art at residencies around the world, most recently in Spain and France. Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime. Some of her art and essays can be seen at

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

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is limited.



Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents

Cynthia McCloud, Ken Morrow, and Linda Laino

Thu, Jan17, 5–6pm

Sala Literaria, First Floor

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75

50 pesos suggested donation


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