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516 WORDS: Matt John Conley, Kayohes, Holly Myers, V.B. Price, & Erin Radcliffe


516 ARTS present a 516 WORDS poetry reading in conjunction with the exhibition 21st Century Cyphers. The evening features acclaimed poets and authors Matt John Conley, Kayohes, Holly Myers, V.B. Price, & Erin Radcliffe. 516 WORDS is an ongoing literary arts series inspired by the subjects of our exhibitions. Each reading highlights a nonprofit organization whose work is aligned with the themes being explored. 


Kayohes (k-o-s) is a poet and Hip Hop Artist born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but moved around the world due to his parents working for the Government. He started recording and performing while living and going to school in Mannheim, Germany. He has released three albums and has completed his 4th Stress City, The Struggle Within. Kayohes returned to New Mexico in 2009 to pursue a degree in education.  He graduated, with honors, in 2013 and currently teaches 5th grade for Albuquerque Public Schools. Kayohes is currently part of the Hip Hop group Truth 66, who has also finished an album. In addition, he produces for numerous artists from New Mexico, around the country, and overseas.

Holly Myers is a writer, critic and curator currently based in New Mexico. Her collection of short fiction, A Cylindrical Object on Fire in the Dark, was published by Insert Blanc Press in 2018. Road Noise, the first in a series of self-published artist books, is also forthcoming in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Zyzzyva and Joyland. Her story “The Guest House” was anthologized in New California Writing 2012 (Heyday) and an excerpt of her first novel was published in Gen F: An Anthology of Short Stories for the Comic Tragedies of Our Times, edited by Gordy Grundy. In addition to writing fiction, Myers covered the art world as a critic for the Los Angeles Times and the LA Weekly for fifteen years. Her art writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Art Review, Art + Auction and Modern Painters, among other publications.  

V.B. Price has been writing poetry for the last 46 years. He began publishing in small magazines in 1962. He has published eight books of poetry. His recent work addresses historical events, such as the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq, and mythological themes, which appear in his latest book Mythwaking: The Homeric Hymns, a Modern Sequel. He serves as editor of the University of New Mexico Press's Mary Burritt Christensen Poetry Series.

Erin Radcliffe is the author of Bottomland (Sundress, 2017) and Station of Rain (dancing girl press, 2013) and the recipient of the Katherine C. Turner Academy of American Poets and Swarthout prizes. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopper, and Coal Hill Review. She's a School Advisor at CNM, where she also teaches English.