Teatro Paraguas will present Jim Sagel,poeta nuevomexicano, a tribute to northern New Mexico’s beloved poet, author and teacher, beginning Sunday, December 5 at the Convento on the Plaza in Española. Performances will also take place in Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and in Santa Fe at the Teatro Paraguas Studio.
Under the direction of Crawford MacCallum, four actors—Rosalia Triana, Paola Vengoechea, Mario Moreno, and Argos MacCallum—will perform selections from Sagel’s fifteen books of poetry and short stories written in Spanish, English and Spanglish.
Sagel was born in 1947 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. His grandparents on both sides were immigrants from the same village in Czarist Russia. In 1970 he graduated form the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in English, and found himself drawn to northern New Mexico. He settled in Española and began his long career in education as a substitute teacher at Española Valley High School. He married Teresa Archuleta, a weaver, built an adobe house with the help of his father-in-law, Jacobo Archuleta, and learned Spanish. In 1976 he earned a Masters degree in creative writing from UNM. He began teaching at Northern New Mexico Community College, the Institute of American Indian Art, and at various UNM campuses in northern New Mexico. He was appointed director of the Division of Humanities at UNM- Los Alamos, a post he held until his untimely death (by suicide) in 1998.