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Muse Times Two is hosted by Dana Levin and Carol Moldaw and brings together local poets with nationally recognized poets. Benjamin Sáenz and Miriam Sagan will each read from their collected works.
Benjamin Sáenz, poet, novelist, essayist, and children’s book author, grew up on a cotton farm in New Mexico, speaking only Spanish until he started elementary school. Although his education eventually took him to Denver, Belgium, Iowa, and California, Sáenz settled in the border region between Texas and New Mexico — an area that remains central to his writing. His work has received the American Book Award, a Lannan Foundation Poetry Fellowship, and numerous notices for his books for children and teens. His poetry collections include “Dreaming the End of War” and “The Book of What Remains”. He teaches at UT El Paso.
Miriam Sagan is the author of over 25 books, including "Love & Death: Greatest Hits", a collaboration between Sagan, Renée Gregorio, and Joan Logghe, all founders of Tres Chicas Books. "Love & Death" was a winner of a 2011 New Mexico Book Award in Poetry; it aims to "create not just a book but a sense of community." Sagan founded and runs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. In 2010, she was awarded the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Sagan has also written "Seven Places in America: A Poetic Sojourn" and “Gossip”.