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Too Bad the Wizard Didn’t Give Dorothy a Brain – Ashley Pond V

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ashley pond v

…is a fourth generation northern New Mexican who earned a BA in Writing from the University of New Mexico in 1992. He received the Lena M. Todd award for Excellence in Fiction for his senior thesis the novel manuscript Karma Come Lately. He writes freelance for the “Tempo” section of The Taos News. While he writes in many styles his greatest personal devotion is to poetry.

His serious involvement with poetry began in 1985 when his great-aunt Peggy Pond-Church (poet and writer of The House at Otowi-Bridge) gave him his first book of poems; a collection of WB Yeats.

Too Bad the Wizard Didn't Give Dorothy a Brain is his second chapbook of poems. The first, Boxes, was published in 1993 by An Elektrum Press. The poems herein span six years of his writing and range from the autobiographic to the pure math of the written word.

Ashley is also a musician and his first neo-classical composition, 1,000,000 Nights, has been performed by the Taos Chamber Music group.

Illustration by Ivan Locke

ivan locke

…was born in Mexico City and traveled extensively between homes in Mexico and New Mexico for the first fifteen years of his life. He earned a BA in Literature at Colorado College in 1990, and since then has struggled to prioritize his passions: the mountains, his monsters, and a certain woman out of the past who haunts his dreams.

When asked if he ever plans to have a show of his paintings he answers, “I haven’t found a place with the right kind of light.” He still hasn’t ruled out the idea of a children’s book.

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