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10th Annual Community Against Violence Annual Radiothon on KTAO Radio

Taos, NM, Thursday, October 20th

Dora again joins the Community Against Violence Annual Radiothon live, on-air at KTAO Radio Station with CAV director, Malinda Williams.

Please listen in: Stream live from anywhere in the world on and call in with your pledge at 575-758-8882. We depend on the generosity of people like you to provide the critical services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Fragments Ekphrasis Poetry Show: Poets and Artists of the South and Southwest

Harrington-Brown Art Gallery, Memphis TN October 7, 2011

Dora joins the poets of the Southwest in this collaborative Ekphrasis project that brought 12 poets and 12 artists together between the South and the Southwest. This project extending the possibilities of Ekphrasis poetry, charging each responding to only the briefest of fragments of each participant to respond and create based on only a small fragment of another participant’s work. Each poet was only allowed to see a piece of the artist’s creation, or the artist worked with only a very small fragment of the poet’s complete poem. Curated by Southwest artist David Hinske and Southwest poet Andrea Watson.

A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) 2011 Retreat: A Dream of One’s Own: Women Writing New, Women Writing True

Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

Dora joins the 2011 AROHO Retreat as New Mexico Women Writer Fellowship Award-Winner, offering two programs to the weeklong gathering of women writers:

Writing in Times of Violence Panel presentation and discussion facilitated by Dora McQuaid and poet/activist Renny Golden
Wednesday August 10, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, New Arts I

What aesthetic can match our time? How can writers resist the “death rattle” of war that tormented Virginia Wolfe’s sleep? What tension descends upon a writer who takes up the challenge of prophetic writing, as well as, attends to their own inner world? Adrienne Rich has said “poetries are no more pure and simple than human histories are pure and simple… there are colonized poetics, resilient poetics” Where are poetries that transcend the “self”? How do we find the authority to sing the “body politic” in a depoliticized, dehistorizied political and literary culture? What hope impels taking such risks? Stanley Kunitz’s poem reveals the reproach of failing to risk: When they shall paint our sockets gray And light us like a stinking fuse, Remember that we once could say, Yesterday we had a world to lose.” How can our writing light a fire of resistance or does such writing incinerate the literary voice?

New Mexico debut screening of One Woman’s Voice 
The documentary short film by Kate Bogle about Dora’s combined roles as poet, activist and survivor of violence shown to all AROHO Retreat attendees.
Thursday August 11

The Alchemical Heart: Writing Into The Sacred Original Workshop

The South Florida Health Coaches Yoga and Wellness 2011 Retreat
El Monte Sagrado, Taos, NM, June 28, 2011

Dora offers a 2-hour intensive of this original workshop to over 20 participants in the weeklong Wellness Retreat.  The goal of this workshop is to explore how to deepen and sustain your personal connection to the Divine in your daily life as a practice of self-care and support. This workshop will help you understand how to explore the questions deep within your heart, and more importantly how to hear the answers, providing you with exercises that you can use daily.

If I Can’t Dance, You Can Keep Your Revolution:  A Reading by Six Writers of Political Engagement

The 2011 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference
Executive Suite, Omni Hotel, Washington, D.C., February 3, 2011

Dora performed on this accepted AWP Panel with Roger Bonair-Agard, Sean Thomas Doughtery, Silvana Straw and Crystal Williams as poets addressing social change.

The AWP event description:  These six artists create work steeped in the political and social realities of life in America and lean toward issues of cultural exploration and collaboration. At a time of political turmoil and disenchantment by too many, these writers use poetry to point out inequities of justice and the solidarity of people who struggle with less. But to do this they use language that is musical in its construction. Because as Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance you can keep your revolution.”

Bearing Witness: Three New Mexico Poets Tell The Truth – And Transform It

Bill Rane Gallery, Taos, NM, January 23, 2011

Featured reading with poet/activists Renny Golden and Veronica Golos.
Curated by author Summer Wood.
Who wields power? What constitutes real authority? To whom does the land belong? What truly happened? History, it could be said, boils down to one essential question: Whose voice speaks loudest?  For these three New Mexico-based poets, Renny Golden, Veronica Golos, and Dora McQuaid, the more pertinent question may be: Whose voice has not been heard? The three poets will appear in a lively program of original poetry, video, and conversation.

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