Abbe Anderson

Hakim Bellamy

Michael P. Berman

Susan Berry

Jack Carter

Ana Castillo

Daniel Chacón

Bill Charland

Denise Chávez

Rick Collignon

Philip Connors

Raven Drake

Elizabeth Fackler

Doug Fine

Stephen Fox

David Fryxell

Mark Lee Gardner

John M. Gist

Ron Hamm

Jill Hare

Ann Harvey

Steven F. Havill

Elan Head

Ann Lane Hedlund

Betsy James

Jim Kelly

Linda Lafferty

Layli Long Soldier

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Derek Markham

Tom McCoy

Mark Medoff

Esther Melvin

Jonathan Miller

Susan Cummins Miller

Grael Norton

Felipe de Ortego y Gasca

Phillip Parotti

Poetry Bread

David Remley

Peter Riva

Sharman Apt Russell

M. H. (Dutch) Salmon

Rebecca Seiferle

Harley Shaw

Terry Song

Rick Stansberger

Elise Stuart

Nancy E. Turner

María Azucena Vigil

Joseph W. Wade, Jr.

Orlando White

JJ Amaworo Wilson


Abbe Andersonanderson

Performer/Speaker, Sunday September 29, 11:30 am

Song lyrics

Abbe Anderson lives in Silver City, where she guides personal and group retreats at the Heart and Wings Retreat Center. She has been a performing songwriter since the early ‘90s. Abbe has recorded several albums of original songs, and her songs have been on numerous compilations. She was a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. The Country Music Organizations of America named her Songwriter of the Year. Her songs have received national airplay. She is also an astrologer, yoga teacher, interfaith minister and shamanic healer. She is passionate about transformation, whether through song or healing work.



Hakim Bellamybellamy

Reader, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

A fistful of laureates: The poetry of Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy at age 33 became Albuquerque’s inaugural poet laureate April 14, 2012. He was the son of a preacher man (and a praying woman). His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, won collegiate and city poetry slam championships (in Albuquerque and Silver City, New Mexico), and has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. A musician, actor, journalist, playwright and community organizer, Bellamy has received an honorable mention for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize at the University of New Mexico. Bellamy founded and is president of Beyond Poetry LLC.


Michael P. Bermanberman

Speaker, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Book art, illustration and photography

Michael P. Berman wanders the U. S. – Mexican border and works on things–mining, grazing, wilderness, timber and water–that impact the land. Berman was born in New York City and went to Colorado College to study biology and work with peregrine falcons. He lives in the Mimbres Valley. Berman was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 for his Grasslands: The Chihuahuan Desert Project. Gila is Berman’s fourth book on the borderlands. His photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of New Mexico. Michael is a 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.


Susan Berry05Susan_Berry_resized

Speaker, Friday September 27, 2 pm

We’ve had words: The literary heritage of southwest New Mexico

Susan Berry has been exploring the stories and characters of southwest New Mexico for nearly four decades. A long career with the Silver City Museum gave her a rich appreciation for the heritage embodied in communities, buildings, objects, photographs, written accounts, and the memories of individuals. Susan coauthored Built to Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico with Sharman Apt Russell, and has published numerous articles on regional history.

Receiving special support from Twana Sparks, MD, of Sparks Clinic and Rotary Club of Silver City


Jack Cartercarter2

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am

Walks on the wild side: Nature and environmental writing

“I have been a student of ecology and evolution for more than 60 years. I am professor emeritus of biology from Colorado College with an undergraduate degree in the physical and biological sciences, and graduate degrees in limnology and systematic botany. Beyond a number of scientific publications, I have devoted the past 30 years to reaching out to educated laypersons who want to become familiar with the place of flora in the future of humankind. Martha and I have been married for 61 years, and we have lived in Silver City 21 years. We enjoy producing books about Southwestern flora and natural history.”

Receiving special support from Town & Country Garden Club


Ana Castillocastillo

Keynote, Friday September 27, 5 pm, GRC Auditorium

Two new books and how they came to be in an anti-print age

Workshop Leader, Saturday September 28, 1-4 pm

Writing a memoir

Workshop is filled–registration closed

Ana Castillo is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright and translator. Her novels include So Far From God, The Guardians and Peel My Love like an Onion. Her poetry includes I Ask the Impossible. Castillo held the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, was the Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Visiting Scholar at M. I. T. and was Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College, Utah. Castillo holds an MA, University of Chicago, and a PhD, University of Bremen, Germany. She will teach memoir writing at Northwestern University this fall.


Receiving special support from Twana Sparks, MD, of Sparks Clinic and from Silver Health Care


Daniel ChacónChacon

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Fixing fiction: Troubleshooting for novelists

Speaker, Saturday September 28, 3:30 pm

Wormholes, time travel, and the multi-verse: A presentation on the image, incantation, and “loops” in poetry and fiction

Daniel Chacón is author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops (2013) which Publisher’s Weekly calls “extraordinary” in a starred review. His collection of stories Unending Rooms won the 2007 Hudson Prize. He has a novel, and the shadows took him, and another collection of stories called Chicano Chicanery. His fiction has appeared in Latino Boom; Latino Sudden Fiction; Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction; and Best of the West 2009. He co-hosts a literary radio show “Words on a Wire.”



charland2Bill Charland

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Books, Nooks and hooks: How the publishing industry is changing

Bill Charland is a sort-of-retired writer and educator, a connoisseur of fine beers and a sports addict. As a writer, he is the author of a half-dozen books on work in the changing economy and a couple of self-published novels. He was a careers columnist for many years in Denver and used to write sports features for the Christian Science Monitor. Bill has taught and directed programs at a number of universities, including WNMU. He and his wife, Phoebe Lawrence, lived for a time in Guadalajara where he taught English to Mexican young adults. He serves on the board of Border Partners, an organization that is at work in Palomas, Chihuahua.



Photo by Daniel Zolinsky

Denise Chávez

Banquet keynote speaker, Saturday September 28, 7:30 pm

Banquet is sold out–no additional tickets will be available

El espejo de la frontera: The mirror of the border

Denise Chávez is a performance writer and novelist from Las Cruces, New Mexico, with roots in Far West Texas and Chihuahua, México. She currently works on a book about her sister, Faride Faver Chávez Conway called The Febe Stories. Chávez is the director of The Border Book Festival (BBF), headed into its 20th year. Under the directive of the BBF, Chávez and her husband, Daniel Zolinsky, are creating Museo de La Gente, a living museum of borderland art and culture that will serve as an art gallery, artists’ residency house, library and performance space where people from diverse multicultural communities can find respect, goodwill and creativity.

A message from Denise Chávez, describing her keynote address

“Looking at La Frontera/The Border through realistic and loving eyes, I will reflect on the miraculous world that is our borderland region, a place of magic, wonder, suffering, challenge and great opportunity. Everyday we navigate the many borders of our world: culturally, linguistically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. What does it mean to be a true Citizen/Ciudadano and to live on the ‘line’ in a conscious and life-affirming way? Our challenge is to bridge these worlds with clarity and hope. I will read from my upcoming novel, The King and Queen of Comezón, a border love story set in Comezón/Itch, New Mexico.”


Rick Collignoncollignon

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am
Imagined worlds: The art of literary fiction

Rick Collignon is the author of The Journal of Antonio Montoya, Perdido, A Santo in the Image of Cristobal Garcia and Madewell Brown. His novels have been critically acclaimed and rights have been sold to 12 foreign countries. Rick Collignon was raised in the upper Midwest. In the early 1970s, he wandered into northern New Mexico and, in his own words, “has been stuck here ever since.” When not writing, he works construction. He lives in Taos, New Mexico, with his three young children who, not from lack of trying, have not yet made him insane.

Receiving special support from Gary Edwards, Qualifying Broker with Garland Real Estate


Philip Connorsconnors

Panelist, Friday September 27, 3:30 pm

The Truth and beyond: Creative non-fiction

Philip Connors worked for several years at the Wall Street Journal, mostly as an editor on the Leisure & Arts page. In 2002 he left New York for a job as a fire lookout in the Gila National Forest, where he has spent every summer since. That experience became the subject of his first book, Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout, which won a National Outdoor Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Reading the West Award for nonfiction, and the grand prize from the Banff Mountain Book Competition.


Raven DrakeRaven

Reader, Friday September 27, 2 pm

The Poetry of…

Raven Drake is originally from Boston and started conjuring poetry when he was eleven. Ten years ago he moved to Grant County, New Mexico. Within recent years his explorations of mythology and etymology have helped to fuel his writing ambitions. Mr. Drake’s work has been featured in the 2004 Ink Spot Anthology of Poets, Las Cruces Poets and Writers Magazine, Tales of the Talisman, Illumen Magazine, the ezine Aoife’s Kiss, the webzine La Lune Bleue Planete, Decanto Magazine, and Apollo’s Lyre. Raven has held readings throughout Grant County.

Visit Raven online at www.ravendrake.webs.com


Elizabeth FacklerFackler

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Bows, arrows and ball gowns: Historical fiction

Elizabeth Fackler won the 2009 Best Historical Novel for My Eyes Have A Cold Nose and was a finalist for the 2007 Best Historical Novel for Bone Justice in the New Mexico Book Awards. Her historical novel Billy the Kid: The Legend of El Chivato was called “a magnificent achievement in historical fiction” by Western Writers of America. The New York Times called her “a fine writer.” Library Journal said, “Her elegant prose is a pleasure to read.” Award-winning author Ed Gorman said, “She speaks in a voice all her own. Exceptional in both crime and historical fiction, she makes familiar elements startling and new through the dazzle of her prose and the humanity of her forgiving gaze.”


Doug Finefine

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am

Walks on the wild side: Nature and environmental writing

Doug Fine is a comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author and solar-powered goat herder. He has reported from five continents for the Washington Post, Wired, Salon, The New York Times, Outside, National Public Radio, and US News & World Report. Fine is the author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution; Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living; and Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man. His blog, Dispatches From the Funky Butte Ranch, short films about two of his books, and his appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Conan O’Brien Show, are at www.dougfine.com.

Follow him on Twitter: @organiccowboy


Stephen R. Foxfox

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Making history: The art of historical writing

Stephen Fox is a freelance historian from Boston and Silver City. He is an inbred New Englander: born in Boston, raised in a ‘burb, colleged at Williams in western Massachusetts, and doctorated at Brown in Rhode Island. He lived close to the Boston Public Library, writing seven books of United States and British social history on Monroe Trotter (the most militant black leader of the early 1900s), John Muir and conservation, advertising, organized crime, big-league sports, transatlantic steamships, and Raphael Semmes, a Civil War naval figure. Stephen and his wife, the sociologist Alexandra Todd, moved to the Southwest in 2008.


David Fryxellfryxell

Speaker, Sunday September 29, 11:30 am

Taking your writing to the next level

David A. Fryxell is editor and publisher of Desert Exposure and author, most recently, of Good Old Days, My Ass (Family Tree Books). He is the former director of the Maui Writers Retreat and editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest Magazine and Writer’s Digest Books. He wrote the Writer’s Digest Nonfiction column for more than a decade, as well as three books of writing instruction, How to Write Fast (While Writing Well), Elements of Article Writing: Structure and Flow and Write Faster, Write Better. His more than 1,000 articles have appeared in publications including Playboy, Reader’s Digest and Travel & Leisure.

Receiving special support from Mountain Ridge Ace Hardware


Mark Lee Gardnergardner

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Making history: The art of historical writing

Banquet Entertainer, Saturday September 28, 7:30 pm

Music of the American West

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 11:30 am

Lives through the looking glass: The biographer’s art

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse, about Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett, and the recent Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape. As an authority on the American West, he has appeared on the History Channel, PBS American Experience, ABC World News, Encore Westerns Channel, NPR, and BBC Radio. Mark is also a musician and performer specializing in the historic music of the American West. His latest CD is Outlaws: Songs of Robbers, Rustlers, and Rogues.


Receiving special support from Frost McGahey


John M. Gistgist

Panelist, Friday September 27, 3:30 pm

The truth and beyond: Creative non-fiction

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am

Imagined worlds: The art of literary fiction

John M. Gist’s creative nonfiction and short stories have appeared in publications such as the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Superstition Review, Spilt Infinitive, Prick of the Spindle, Spittoon, The Fiddleback, Dark Matter, Left Curve, New Mexico Magazine and others. His recent work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has three published novels and is co-author of the philosophical work Angst and Evolution: The Struggle for Human Potential. He currently teaches Creative Writing and Literature at WNMU and is the founding editor of Red Savina Review: www.redsavinareview.org.


Ron Hammhamm

Panelist, Sunday, September 29, 10 am

Winging it or swinging it: How to survive as a freelancer

“I long ago concluded that attempting to make a living as a freelancer is a precarious undertaking. Most of us cannot do it. I’ve always had a day job. That said, I continue to freelance because I enjoy the feeling of achievement and (truth to tell) the kick of seeing my name in print. I believe some of the best preparation for freelancing is to be a print journalist (which I was) and to teach English (which I did). It also helps to have friends who are good writers. I have moved from article writing (where I enjoyed some success) to book writing because it is a bigger challenge. I now have two books.”

Receiving special support from Twana Sparks, MD, of Sparks Clinic


Jill Harehare

Workshop Leader, Saturday, September 28, 10 am

Families reading and leading

Jill L. Hare teaches English/drama at Silver High School. Beginning as an arts educator, she has focused on integrating the art of drama and the teaching of English, from kindergarten through high school. She was a Kennedy Center professional development leader when she was inspired to create the Artist as Educator workshops: Creative Grammatics and Fableous Play. Hare received a dual BA in English/Drama from Ripon College in Wisconsin and pursued further training as a theater director at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her MA in Secondary Education with a concentration on the integration of English/Drama from Western New Mexico University and recently received a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Language, Literacy and Culture from New Mexico State University.

Receiving special support from Twana Sparks, MD, of Sparks Clinic


Ann Harveyharvey

Speaker, Friday, September 27, 3:30 pm

Trinidad and Tobago: Folktales and songs for pre-teens

Dr. Ann Harvey is the author of Folktales from Trinidad, inspired by a Trinidad exchange student. Dr. Harvey is Professor of Reading Education at Western New Mexico University and spends summers in Jefferson City, Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and taught at South Callaway R-2 Schools, Lincoln University, and Columbia College. Harvey received the KDP Master Teacher of Honor Award and was named 2013 Top Female Executive by Cambridge Who’s Who. She has lectured at the Oxford Round Table in England. Other publications include Phonemic Awareness for ELLs.


Steven F. Havillhavill

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

Something wicked this way comes: Crime & mystery writing

Release of Night Zone marks the 25th novel for Steven F. Havill—and the 19th in the popular Posadas County mystery series. The author of four western novels, 19 contemporary mystery novels set in the fictitious New Mexico county, and two historical-medical novels set in the Puget Sound area during the 1890s, Steven F. Havill has been writing since 1981. For 25 years he taught secondary school in Grants and Ruidoso, New Mexico, as well as various writing courses at NMSU and UNM branch colleges, and journalism at Trinidad State Junior College. Havill and his wife now live near Datil, New Mexico.


Elan HeadElan Head bio pic

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 3:30 pm

Roads taken: Travel writing

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10:00am

Winging it or swinging it: How to survive as a freelancer

A Grant County native and 1997 graduate of Cobre High School, Elan Head started her career as a reporter for the Silver City Sun-News and Silver City Daily Press. Since then, writing has taken her around the world: from posh resorts in Palau to combat outposts in Afghanistan. Along the way, she became a commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor, and spent four years as the editor-in-chief of the helicopter industry magazine Vertical. She now works for the magazine as a special projects editor while studying international relations at the Harvard Extension School.


Ann Lane Hedlundann-hedlund

Panelist, Friday September 27, 3:30

The truth and beyond: Creative non-fiction

Panelist, Sunday September 28, 11:30

Lives through the looking glass: The biographer’s art

Ann Lane Hedlund directed the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies at Arizona State Museum from 1997-2013; she also served as a museum curator and anthropology professor at University of Arizona. Dr. Hedlund’s writing focuses on Native American and other artists, especially with Navajo and Pueblo weavers. Among her many publications are Gloria F. Ross and Modern Tapestry (Yale, 2010), Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century (UA Press, 2004, Arizona Highways Award for Non-Fiction), Reflections of the Weaver’s World (Denver Art Museum, 1992) and, as editor/compiler, Joe Ben Wheat’s prize-winning Blanket Weaving in the Southwest (UA Press, 2003).


Receiving special support from John and Carolyn Davis, Suzi Calhoun of Yada Yada Yarn, and Amy Flynn, Financial Adviser with Edward Jones


Betsy Jamesjames

Workshop Leader, Saturday, September 28, 10:00 am

The world so new and all: Writing preteen fiction

Betsy James is the author and/or illustrator of 16 books for young adults and children. She has been awarded Voices of Youth Advocates Best Fantasy, New York Public Library Hundred Best Books, and Junior Library Guild Selection, among other honors. Her latest title, Listening at the Gate, is a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age and a Tiptree Award Honor Book. She lives in Albuquerque, where she raises Indian corn, hikes the desert backcountry, and gives illustrated literacy workshops– in English and Spanish–to area schools.

www.listeningatthegate.com   www.betsyjames.com


Jim Kellyjkelly

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Winging it or swinging it: How to survive as a freelancer

Born in Washington, D. C., and educated far beyond his intelligence at Catholic schools in the East and state universities in California, Kelly has been freelancing since high school. While regular work as a newspaper reporter, actor and teacher fed the family, freelance writing fed Kelly’s voracious interests in subjects ranging from astronomy to xylophones. He has written jokes for stand-up comedians, features for major magazines, speeches for assorted bigwigs and has contributed bits and pieces to a wide range of publications. His work has been both praised and rejected by some of the best in the writing business.


Linda LaffertyLLafferty
Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Bows, arrows and ball gowns: Historical fiction

The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree and a PhD in Bilingual Education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. She wrote novels for 28 years before finally finding a publisher. Her historical novels, published by Amazon Publishing, include The Bloodletter’s Daughter (September, 2012), The Drowning Guard (September, 2013), and The House of Bathory (January, 2014). The Bloodletter’s Daughter has sold over 75,000 copies in seven months.


Layli Long Soldierlongsoldier

Reader, Saturday September 28, 3:30 pm

The poetry of Layli Long Soldier

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Out of the margins: Multicultural writing in the 21st century

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is pursuing her MFA at Bard College. She resides in Tsaile, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation and is an adjunct faculty member at Diné College. She has served as a contributing editor to Drunken Boat, online journal of art and literature. Her poems have recently appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online and American Indian Journal of Culture and Research. Her first chapbook of poetry is Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010).


Bonnie Buckley Maldonadomaldonado

Reader, Friday September 27, 3:30 pm

Poems Squared: A collaboration between poets and artists

Reader, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

A fistful of laureates: The poetry of Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado has resided in Silver City, New Mexico, since 1959. Her work appears in the WILLA Award-winning anthology, Montana Women Writers: Geography of the Heart. She was named WILLA Finalist in Poetry by Women Writing the West for It’s Only Raven Laughing: Fifty Years in the Southwest, 2010, her fourth book of poetry. She is Silver City’s Poet Laureate.



Derek Markhammarkham

Workshop Leader, Sunday September 29, 11:30 am

Top 10 ways to make your writing stand out on the web

Derek Markham has been writing ever since he could scribble, but it took him until 2008 to get the courage to hit “Publish” on his first blog. Since then, he’s been trying to pay close attention to people who write much better than he, and currently makes his living as a writer, problogger, and digital media consultant in Silver City, New Mexico.

Follow him on Twitter @derekmarkham  Original blog: http://NaturalPapa.com

Tom McCoymccoy

Reader, Friday September 27, 2 pm

The poetry of…

Reader, Friday September 27, 3:30 pm

Poems Squared: A collaboration between poets and artists

tom mccoy is old and cranky

and believes humans should be limited to 500 words per day


wasted 21 already


Mark Medoffmedoff

Workshop Leader, Saturday September 28, 10 am

All five things I know about playwriting and screenwriting

Panelist, Saturday, September 28, 2 pm

No end in sight: The writer’s life

Mark Medoff is a playwright, screenwriter, and theater and film director. He received a Tony Award for Children of a Lesser God. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the film script of Children and for a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology. He received an OBIE Award for When You Comin Back, Red Ryder? He is the author of 30 plays and has written or directed 19 movies. He is a Distinguished Achievement Professor at New Mexico State University. He has been married for 40 years to Stephanie Medoff; they have three daughters and six grandchildren.


melvin2Esther Melvin

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 3:30 pm

Roads Taken: Travel writing

Esther Melvin was born in 1934 on a tobacco farm in southern Ohio. In 1957 she left for California in a 1953 Ford; by 1961 she was living in Paris. A 38-foot Angleman ketch took her to Honolulu in 1965, where she lived until a sudden interest in Buddhism drew her to Asia. Esther’s book, Walking Going, chronicles her 1983-85 studies in the monasteries and mountains of Nepal, including two totally unplanned solo treks in the Himalaya. Esther has a brother and sister and has never married. She “settled down” in Silver City in 1997.



Jonathan Millermiller

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

Something wicked this way comes: Crime & mystery writing

Jonathan Miller is the author of eight novels, including Rattlesnake Lawyer and the recent sequel, Rattlesnake Wedding. His novels are legal thrillers set in the Southwest, and he last passed through Silver City while doing a book signing in Tucson. He’s a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. While he’s never been in court in Silver, he did a case recently in Lordsburg.


Susan Cummins Millersmiller-bw

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

Something wicked this way comes: Crime & mystery writing

Tucson author/geologist Susan Cummins Miller, a research affiliate of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women, writes the Frankie MacFarlane, Geologist, mysteries published by Texas Tech University Press. Fracture, fifth in the series, was a Finalist for the 2012 WILLA Award in Contemporary Fiction and the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Mystery/Suspense, and was a 2011 Southwest Books of the Year Notable Book. Her sixth mystery, Chasm, set in Grand Canyon National Park, is in press, and she’s working on her seventh novel, Rift, set in northern New Mexico.



Grael NortonNorton

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Books, nooks, and hooks: How the publishing industry is changing

Grael Norton, Wheatmark, Inc., coaches authors on publishing and helps them get their book projects ready for market. He’s also a senior faculty member of the Authors Academy, where authors build their platforms using the Simple Marketing System. His latest written work is “The Author’s Guide to Choosing a Publishing Service,” a free special report available for download at www.wheatmark.com. Prior to joining Wheatmark, Grael worked as an editorial assistant for Fodor’s Travel Guides, a division of Random House, and ran a niche eBook publishing business. The author of one produced and four unproduced screenplays, he holds a BA in French and Romance philology from Columbia University.



Felipe de Ortego y Gascaortego

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

No end in sight: The writer’s life

Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10:00 am

Out of the margins: Multicultural writing in the 21st century

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca is Scholar in Residence and past chair of the Department of Chicana/o and Hemispheric Studies at Western New Mexico University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Humanities Council and co-chairs the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the New Mexico Library Association. Principal scholar of the Chicano Renaissance, Dr. Ortego is considered founder of Chicano literary history with Backgrounds of Mexican American Literature (University of New Mexico, 1971). His books, monographs, studies, plays, and scholarly articles are legion. His essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in leading national and international publications. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Latino Issues Today (two volumes, forthcoming). Among myriad honors, he has received the 2007 Letras de Aztlan Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies.


Phillip Parottipep

Panelist, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am

Imagined worlds: The art of literary fiction

Phillip Parotti, born and raised in Silver City, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1963; after naval service, he earned his graduate degrees in English from UNM and taught for 32 years at Sam Houston State University where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. The author of three books of fiction about the Trojan War, he has published essays, short fiction, poetry, and reviews in a wide variety of journals and little magazines. Currently retired, he continues to write and work as a printmaker.


Poetry Bread

Poetry BreadWhat do you do when the Festival of the Written Word hits town?!
Yell, it, spit it, whisper it, but whatever you do, don’t think anyone is going to read it. This is the only portion of the Festival of the Written Word dedicated to the SPOKEN WORD.


David Remleyremley

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Making history: The art of historical writing

David Remley was raised on a family farm in Indiana. A graduate of Wabash College, he received an AMT from Harvard, and, after army service and high school teaching, a PhD from Indiana University. After teaching in college for a number of years, he retired early to write full time. His books include Crooked Road: the Story of the Alaska Highway (1976); Bell Ranch: Cattle Ranching in the Southwest, 1824-1947 (1993); Adios Nuevo Mexico: the Santa Fe Journal of John Watts in 1859 (1999); and Kit Carson: the Life of an American Border Man (2011). Bell Ranch and Kit Carson won book awards. Three have been reprinted in paperback.

Receiving special support from Georgia Bearup of United Country Mimbres Realty


Peter Rivariva

Speaker, Saturday September 28, 11:30 am

The contemporary literary marketplace

Since 1975, Peter Riva has specialized in international idea brokerage catering to multi-national, multi-lingual, licensing and rights’ representation of authors and publishers as well as producing award-winning television and other media. They have been responsible for over 35 years of production, in both media and product, resulting in excess of $1.6 billion in retail sales and several international historic events (the memorabilia of which are on permanent display in national institutions in America, Germany, and France as well as touring internationally).


Sharman Apt RussellrussellII

Speaker, Saturday September 28, 10 am

The scripture of snail and fern: Nature writing as spiritual memoir

Panelist, Saturday, September 28, 2 pm

No end in sight: The writer’s life

Sharman Apt Russell is a professor of humanities at WNMU and also teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008) was a New Mexico Book Award finalist and one of Booklist’s top ten books in religion. Her Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005) was written with the help of a Rockefeller Fellowship. Other awards include a Writers at Work Fellowship, a Henry Joseph Jackson Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. Her work has been widely anthologized and her ten published books translated into Chinese, Russian, Polish, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, German, and Spanish.


Receiving special support from Town & Country Garden Club


 M. H. (Dutch) Salmonsalmon

Panelist, Friday September 27, 2 pm

Books, Nooks, and hooks: How the publishing industry is changing

M. H. (Dutch) Salmon founded High-Lonesome Books in 1986, a press that currently has some 25 books in print, including his own non-fiction Gila Descending and novel Home is the River. His most recent book is Gila Libre: The Story of New Mexico’s Last Wild River. In 2008 Dutch won a Lifetime Conservation Award at the Gila Natural History Symposium, WNMU; in 2009, a Lifetime Conservation Award from the Gila Conservation Coalition. His outdoor column, “Country Sports,” has won the Best Column award from the New Mexico Press Association, the New Mexico Press Women’s Association, and the New Mexico Associated Press.



Rebecca SeiferleSeiferle (by Melissa Buckheit)

Reader, Saturday September 28, 2 pm

A Fistful of Laureates: The Poetry of Rebecca Seiferle

Rebecca Seiferle was named Tucson Poet Laureate in 2012. Her most recent poetry collection, Wild Tongue, won the 2008 Grub Street National Poetry Prize. She has three previous collections: Bitters won the Western States Book Award and a Pushcart prize; The Music We Dance To won the Hemley Award; The Ripped-Out Seam won the Bogin Memorial Award, The National Writer’s Union Prize, and the Poets & Writers Exchange Award. In 2004 she was awarded a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. She is a noted translator and the Founding Editor of The Drunken Boat. She teaches at Southwest University of Visual Arts.




Panelist, Sunday September 29, 11:30 am

Lives through the looking glass: The biographer’s art

Harley Shaw completed a BS degree in wildlife management at the University of Arizona and a MS degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Idaho. As a research biologist for Arizona Game and Fish Department, he carried out projects on mule deer, wild turkeys, mountain lions, and desert bighorns. Since retirement, he has authored or coauthored four popular books, Soul Among Lions, Stalking the Big Bird, Around Hillsboro, and 1200 Miles by Horse and Burro. Three of these books were published by the University of Arizona Press. He currently lives in Hillsboro, New Mexico.


Terry Songsong

Reader, Friday September 27, 2 pm

The poetry of… 

A Helene Wurlitzer Foundation fellow in 2007 and author of one poetry collection, This Is My Body (West End Press), Terry Song makes peace with the fact that her work as writer is an intermittent mountain stream. A founding member of the Border Book Festival and Sin Fronteras/Writers without Borders, she taught creative writing and literature at NMSU and later at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Her poems and essays have appeared in Puerto del Sol, Blue Mesa Review, Pilgrimage, Writer’s Chronicle, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and other journals and anthologies. She currently cultivates bountiful gardens and a new book of poems in San Lorenzo, where she lives with her husband John.


Rick Stansbergerstansburger

Reader, Friday September 27, 2 pm

The Poetry of …

As brash youth in the 1970s, Rick Stansberger studied verse composition with master poets Denise Levertov, William Stafford, and Wendell Berry. Since then Stansberger has published five books: Glass Hat (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press), The Way of Words (Boston: noochbomb.com), Expelling Trelnitz (Clarksville, IN: TJMF); Stark, Ohio (Clarksville, IN: TJMF); and Gizmo (London, Ontario: PigeonBike). He is looking for an agent for his novel of alternate history, Came the Revolution: A Tale of the United States of Consciousness. He believes that a work of words is a living thing, seeking to extend its life beyond that of its writer.


Untitled1Elise Stuart

Reader, Friday 3:30 pm

Poems Squared: A collaboration between poets and artists

Elise Stuart is a writer who moonlights as a music teacher. She currently teaches music to all children in the Head Start classes in our area. She is also teaches the piano privately and has 18 students. She began writing poetry at the end of very long days as a mother of three, late nights at the kitchen table. She began her first writer’s support group when she lived in Seattle, which met in the basement of Elliot Bay Books, and has continued to find the support of other writers extremely helpful, with their kind and honest critiques.


Nancy E. Turnerturner

Speaker, Saturday September 28, 10 am

Legal issues writers need to know

Panelist, Sunday, September 29, 10 am

Bows, arrows and ball gowns: Historical fiction

Historical novelist Nancy Elaine Turner was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Southern California and Arizona. She began writing fiction for a class assignment at Pima Community College and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Studies from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a triple major in Creative Writing, Music, and Studio Art. Turner’s books include the best-selling These Is My Words. She says, “Doing research, to me, is the iceberg under the novel’s point, rather like working on a master’s thesis in history every day of my life.” Her newest title, My Name is Resolute (St. Martin’s Press Thomas Dunne Books), is due out in January, 2014.  Watch the book trailer here!



Vigil2María Azucena Vigil

Workshop Leader, Saturday, September 28, 10 am:

Families reading and leading

María Azucena Vigil was a bi-lingual, bi-cultural teacher and program director in California from 1971 to 1995. She worked with immigrant parents to produce outstanding success for their children. She trained other teachers in both California and Mexico and taught Chicano history and Spanish for professionals at community colleges. She writes: “My best preparation came from a home where only Spanish was spoken and I began school in the U. S. speaking and reading in Spanish.” Vigil has explored Chicano history through the corrido, history of immigration of the Spanish-speaking in the U. S., teatro, poetry, gardening and cooking. Vigil says the important things about her are that she has “7 children, 22 grandchildren, 9 great-grands, a dog, a cat and, of course, Mike.”


Joseph W. Wade, Jr.wade2

Speaker and Presenter of Silver City Poets, Friday September 27, 3:30 pm

Poems Squared: A collaboration between poets and artists

In 1989 Joseph Wade, Jr. established a studio and picture framing business in Phoenix, Arizona, working with interior designers. He had received an AA degree in art from Palm Beach Junior College, Lake Worth, Florida, and had attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, as an art major. In 2005 he and his wife Karin opened the JW Art Gallery in Hurley, New Mexico. (JW Art Gallery will host the one-act production of Tuck, a Festival opener on Thursday, September 26.) Wade is a painter, printmaker and professional picture framer with 30 years of art knowledge, including picture restoration and evaluation. Recently, Wade designed and published Poems2. Featuring work of six Silver City poets, the hand-sewn, numbered book has hand-tipped prints of watercolors, monotypes, giclées, and pen-and-inks by six artists. Wade will speak about the art and process of fine book making. Some Poems2 poets will also contribute.


Orlando Whitewhite

Reader, Saturday September 28, 3:30 pm

The poetry of Orlando White

Panelist, Sunday, September 29, 10 am

Out of the margins: Multicultural writing in the 21st century

Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009). Originally from Tółikan, Arizona, he is Diné of the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné’e. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Brown University. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, and elsewhere. He has received a Lannan Foundation Residency and a Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. His second book, LETTERRS, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. He teaches at Diné College and lives in Tsaile, Arizona.


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Panelist, Sunday September 29, 10 am

Out of the margins: Multicultural writing in the 21st century

JJ Amaworo Wilson’s short fiction has been published in The Frogmore Papers, Main Street Journal, Territories, and Pulp Faction, and anthologized in IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and Afrobeat. The Times, London, describes his work thus: “hard-hitting … in the kind of language that packs a serious punch” and “display[s] the precise observational skills, the facility with language, and the ability to make a small tale speak fresh volumes.” Writing as JJ Wilson, he has also published over a dozen books about language learning and teaching, two of which – How to Teach Listening and Speakout – won awards which saw him honored at Buckingham Palace. JJ is currently the Writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University.

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