Mitch Rayes
 
  
  
 In addition to family duties and writing and performing his own work, Mitch has also been active in the following areas:
  
  
Founder and President    
  
 FLAMING TONGUES, INC., a non-profit corporation expanding Albuquerque's field of poetry since 1995
with readings, festivals, street projects, workshops, exchanges, and resource services.
Dissolved 2001.
  
  
Producer
THE PROJECTS (2010-2013), underground warehouse performance space, venue for over 100 shows,
weekly poetry open mic series East of Edith,
recipient of the Gratitude Award in 2013 from New Mexico Literary Arts
  
  
 ALBUQUERQUE POETRY FESTIVAL (1996-99), a four year run, featuring several hundred poets from all over the country in
more than fifty separate showcases, with a combined attendance of more than six thousand.
  
  
 NEW MEXICO SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR (1998 and 1999)
  
  
 LOUNGE poetry series, El Rey theater (1997)
  
  
 BACK DOOR poetry series, Back Door Music (1995)
  
   Numerous recordings:
 Discography
  
  
Publisher   
   
THE TONGUE, Albuquerque's monthly poetry newsletter for events, picks, and reviews, (1995-2001)
  
   
Albuquerque Poetry Festival anthologies (1997, 1998, and 1999), featuring more than one hundred fifty poets.


Sound Designer       
CAPUT NILI  one woman show by Lisa Gill (2006)

THE NERVE  gallery exhibit by Lisa Gill and Kris Mills, (2005)
  
 
MARS VS. NEW MEXICO
 KUNM radio play by David Landry, (2003)

  
CORN BALLET Readymade Dance Theatre Co., (2002)

 
 BLOOD by Zsolt Palcza, Readymade Dance Theatre Co., (2002)

  
RESURRECTING THE DODO part of the 2001 Oddfest


Educator    
   Mitch has worked extensively with youth of all ages, including public school workshops in Albuquerque,
Las Vegas, and Santa Rosa, many readings in schools and with juvenile inmates in Bernalillo county and Valmora.
  
   
BILINGUAL THEATER workshop, Westgate Community Center (2000)
  
  
 POETRY RESIDENT, Albuquerque High School (1998-99)
  
   
LECTURER, Latino Literature series, South Broadway Library (1999)
  
   
Outfitter
Professional guide and outfitter throughout Mexico (1986-1996), including two seasons with REI Adventures, Inc.
Specializing in custom trips to remote areas, particularly in Chiapas,
including archeological sites, rafting, backpacking, and fishing, closely integrated with native cultures and activities.


Contractor
Over forty years experience in construction trades,
founded
DREAMBUILT LLC specializing in custom homes, additions and remodels,
retired in 2020
RESUME