A Poet's Picnic

A celebration of nature, calligraphy, music, and poetry.


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May 20, 2017
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Join the Open Space Visitor Center for this joyous event as we host Albuquerque's calligraphy society Escribiente and local poets in a celebration of art, nature and poetry, with a special musical performance by Albuquerque's own Dog Star.

Bring a picnic lunch and spend a day with some of New Mexico's most talented poets and calligraphers in a stunning outdoor setting.

What to Bring

  • A picnic lunch, blankets, sunscreen, hats, poems. If you'd like to bring food to share, feel free.
  • Cold drinks will be available.
  • There will be a tented area for shade, and no need to bring chairs.

Activities Schedule

  • Ongoing: Weathergram calligraphy exhibit throughout the grounds of the Visitor Center. Escribiente members will illustrate over 150 poems written by local poets and hang them on trees in the form of weathergrams, or "weather writings" as a temporary art installation.
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Haiku workshop with Dale Harris/Ginko walk with Scott Wiggerman. Workshop is Full
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Jules' Playhouse and Beatlick Press display
  • 11:30 a.m. to Noon: Poet check-in and open mic sign-up*
  • Noon to 3 p.m.: Escribiente calligraphy demonstrations and poetry improv table with Richard Wolfson.
  • Noon to 3 p.m.: Weathergram demos. Escribiente members will be on hand to demonstrate calligraphy and show how Weathergrams are made. Ask about a custom order in exchange for a donation to the Open Space Alliance.
  • Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Picnic on the patio with a musical performance by Dog Star
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Children's activity table
  • 1 -2:30: Featured poets Jim Burbank, Georgia Santa Maria, and Scott Wiggerman - and open mic 1
  • 2:30-4: Featured poets Dale Harris, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Gary Worth Moody - and open mic 2

* Schedule subject to change

** Open mic will be limited to one poem per poet or two haiku.

Surprise bonus

Escribiente will be producing a limited number of Poets Picnic chapbooks, available for sales the day of the Picnic. These will be sold at $10. Proceeds go toward the Open Space Alliance.

About Weathergrams

Calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds first started making weathergrams or "weather writings" in the 1960s at Reed College. Based loosely on the ideas of Japanese haiku, he defined the weathergram poem as "a sudden insight—10 words or less ... the subject matter should be seasonal, and the resulting vertical flag, preferably made of brown paper, should be hung on a tree branch in ‘the garden, at a campsite, or along a mountain trail' and left outdoors between solstice and equinox or equinox and solstice."

Download a free digital 20-page book about weathergrams by Lloyd Reynolds.

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A Poet's Picnic



Kent Swanson