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Jim Kelly 1942-2016

With sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of Jim Kelly. Jim was one of the founding members of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word and the founder of the Poet Laureate program of Silver City and Grant County. He was an actor, a Navy veteran, and a gifted writer who had his own syndicated column for years...

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Radio Show Launch June 10

Beginning on June 10th, a new radio show will hit the airwaves: ‘Use Your Words: Writers Speak.’ The show will include interviews with Southwest writers, short readings from published work or works in progress, as well as news and views from the literary community...

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Living under a wide sky, turquoise bright, in a land where crinkled mountains rise purple and brown behind stretches of grass or cacti, some write of their days. Living in that crease where the past and present meet, where English and Spanish and languages of the indigenous meld, some write of their encounters. The Festival celebrates those who write in or about the Southwest, and brings together their readers to touch the rough and smooth of their words, to taste the fire and cool of our written life.--Tom Hester
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