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Poetry Café Bellas Artes Launches Book of Poetry by San Miguel Artists

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By Sallie Kravetz

On March 21, Poetry Café Bellas Artes will host the launch of the book Fridays at Ten: Six Poets Meet in San Miguel.

This poetry anthology features works by US and San Miguel de Allende poets who have been meeting during the winter months for the past three years. The poets’ geographical homes are spread far and wide. So, too, are the scope, breadth, and depth of the poems they will read.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at this event for 200 pesos.

Master poet and former educator Beth Spencer conceived the idea for the book. She designed, edited, and coordinated twenty-seven revisions by email, cell phone, and Adobe Send and Track from her Minnesota home. The poets featured in the book include:


Lois Read (Connecticut) is a retired art teacher and painter-turned-poet who is active in San Miguel Playreaders, the Poetry Café, and Sunday Poetry Share. Read has produced three chapbooks and six poetry collections. Some are illustrated with her watercolors.

Libbe Dennard (Texas) is a fourth-generation Texan. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, A Journey. She is completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Arkansas. Her work appeared in Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III.

Kristen Hall (North Carolina) had two of her poems submitted by the North Carolina Poetry Society for consideration in the recent selection of North Carolina’s Ninth Poet Laureate. The society’s annual anthology, Pinesong, contains one of her poems.

Bernadine Lortis (Minnesota) began concentrating seriously on writing in June 2016. Since then, Lortis has published fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry in over 20 online journals and anthologies.

Sallie Kravetz (Maryland and San Miguel) authored Ethel Ennis: The Reluctant Jazz Star, the biography of a Baltimore Jazz legend. Kravetz also authored photo books—Streetwalk: México City, Afternoon in the Drawing Room, and Sitges, Barcelona. Her work is included in Solamente en San Miguel, Volume III. Kravetz is a member of the Poetry Cafe Advisory Planning Committee.

Beth Spencer (Minnesota) published Mill Door and C- in Conduct. Her poetry has appeared in a wealth of publications, including Oasis, Solamente en San Miguel, Martin Lake Poetry Journal, and several online journals. Recently, the Crossings at Canegie in Zumbrota, Minnesota, selected Spencer’s poem for an artist-poet collaboration.

Founded in January 2016, Poetry Café meets on the third Thursday, September through April. It is an all-volunteer organization, featuring established and emerging local and visiting poets who share their work in a casual setting.

Please arrive a few minutes early. Seating is limited.



Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents

Readings from Fridays at Ten: Six Poets Meet in San Miguel

Thu, Mar 21, 5–6pm

Sala Literaria, 1st Floor

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75

50 pesos suggested donation


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