Poetry Reading with Oro Benson and Zach Hively

Part of the ongoing Poetry at Paraguas series

WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

COST: Free (donations most welcome)

Oro Benson

Zach Hively


Oro, "Goldie" Benson has made her home by the Chama River in northern New Mexico for over 45 years. She writes from the deep empathy that her years as a mother, hospice nurse, astrologer and poet have brought her. Her first book of poems, Love, Death and Flowing Water, reflects the moments and seasons of life on the Chama--both wild and serene--and the qualities of beauty she finds in her singular sense of place and communion.  In her newest book, Because of the Sands of Time, she continues her exploration of time and spirit, grief, gladness, community, and the surprises revealed in silence.

Zach Hively is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Owl Poems, and the long-running Fool’s Gold humor column. His Desert Apocrypha has earned the Reading the West Book Award for poetry. He is the founder and publisher at Casa Urraca Press, which prints poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and other works by authors from New Mexico and the US Southwest. He lives near Abiquiú.