About Me

 Basic Human Needs Award winning poet, Don McIver, is a former member of the ABQ slam team, a host/producer of KUNM’s Spoken Word Hour, the author of The Noisy Pen, and editor of A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene. He’s been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Harwood AnthologyShine On You Crazy Diamond: Poems by Teens and their MentorsEarthships: A New Mecca Poetry AnthologyPoems from the Big Muddy: NPS 2004, Looking Back to PlaceHow to....Multiple Perspectives on Creating a Garden, a Life, Relationships and CommunityFixed and Free Poetry Anthology, and 200 New Mexico Poemsperformed all over the United States, produced, curated, and hosted poetry events big and small including the 2005 National Poetry Slam.

He's presented at the CRLA National Conference, the Colorado Performance Poetry Festival, the Tucson Poetry Festival, two seasons in a row at Solofest, a couple of strange late night sightings at the 3Sided(W)Hole, and at the NMCRLA conference.   He's a teacher by trade at Central New Mexico Community College, where he also manages the tutoring center.

An avid bicyclist, he and his partner gave up their cars in August of 2010 and have been writing about the transition to biking in a city that is clearly designed with cars, not bikes, in mind.

Bio for introduction:   
Don McIver really hates long, "Hey, look at all the amazing stuff I've done bios."   To be short and sweet about it, he's published, read a lot of different places, produced poetry shows big and small, and is generally a nice guy.  He hates when writers use disclaimers before reading their work and kind of thinks his writing and how he reads it should speak for itself.  Please welcome....
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