Jessica Helen Lopez

Jessica Helen Lopez is City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Emeritus  and the host of arts-based PBS, ¡COLORES! She has also been a featured writer for 30 Poets in their 30’s by MUZZLE and named one of the “10 Up and Coming Lantinx Poets You Need to Know” by international digital publisher and agency, Remezcla.  Lopez is a nationally recognized award-winning slam poet, and holds the title of 2012 and 2014 Women of the World City of ABQ Champion. She is a member of the Macondo Foundation. Founded by Sandra Cisneros, it is an association of socially engaged writers united to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor community. Her first collection of poetry, Always Messing with Them Boys (West End Press, 2011) made the Southwest Book of the Year reading list and was also awarded the Zia Book Award presented by NM Women Press. Her second collection of radical feminist poetry, Cunt. Bomb. is published by Swimming with Elephants Publication (2014). Her third collection, The Language of Bleeding: Poems for the International Poetry Festival, Nicaragua (SWEP) is a limited release in honor of her ambassadorial visit to Granada, Nicaragua.

 A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the founder of La Palabra – The Word is a Woman collective created for and by women and gender-identified women. Lopez is a Ted Talk speaker alumni and her talk is titled, Spoken Word Poetry that Tells HERstory. You may find some of Lopez’s work at these sites –,, and,, Chachalaca Review, Suspect Press, Somos Enscrito Latino Literary Journal, Casita Grande Press, and more. Her work has been anthologized in A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Slam Scene (UNM Press), Earth Ships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection (NM Book Award Finalist she was also a co-editor), Tandem Lit Slam (San Francisco), Adobe Walls, Malpais Review, SLAB Literary Magazine, Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press) and Learn then Burn: A Modern Poetry Anthology for the Classroom, second ed. (Write Bloody Press).

Lopez was the Volunteer Coordinator and planning member for the Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSi) 2015 Women of the World National Poetry Slam Tournament hosted in Albuquerque.  An Adjunct Instructor for the University of New Mexico Chican@ Studies Department and Institute of American Indian Arts, and Native American Community Academy, she is also a book reviewer for World Literature Today Magazine. Additionally, Lopez is a Chautauqua Scholar with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Program Director for the National Hispanic Culural Center VOCES Youth Summer Writing Institute. ​​​​​​​

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Bookworks: Provocateur by Jessica Helen Lopez

Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus, Jessica Helen Lopez, reads from her new Swimming with Elephants Publications poetry collection, Provocateur. “Jessica Helen Lopez’s poetry is her bullhorn. Through it she is able to write of her childhood experiences of poverty, surviving domestic violence, watching the neighborhood around her burn down in the flames of addiction and spiritual … Continue reading Bookworks: Provocateur by Jessica Helen Lopez

¡Doble Tour! With Dr. Nancy López and Jessica Helen Lopez

Join us for a paired perspective tour of the exhibition, Qué Chola, with Dr. Nancy López and Jessica Helen Lopez as they share their unique insights on the artworks and exhibition as a whole! Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, … Continue reading ¡Doble Tour! With Dr. Nancy López and Jessica Helen Lopez

Tell Me Your Secrets: An Evening of Poetry hosted by Jessica Helen Lopez

  An evening of Burque Poetry and storytelling hosted by Poet & Writer- Jessica Helen Lopez. Featuring a line up of local poets. Small donation of $5-10. March 30th at Secret Gallery at 505 Central. Poets scheduled to perform: Jessica Helen Lopez Court Butler Laura Lawless Burgess Rene Mullen Anna Martinez Gina Marselle Benjamin Bormann … Continue reading Tell Me Your Secrets: An Evening of Poetry hosted by Jessica Helen Lopez

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