2017 Festival Schedule

Southwest Festival of the Written Word: Word Travels Fast. Friday through Sunday, September 29 through October 1, 2017. Silver City, New Mexico

Friday, September 29, 2017

2:00-3:00pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk: Outdoor writing

Veteran author John Fayhee examines what happens when we go on tangents in writing and in life.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery 

Theater

A talk by the legendary playwright and screenwriter Mark Medoff.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Biography: Ron Hamm in conversation with Stephen Fox

Two biographers discuss what they learned from delving into other people’s lives.

Venue: Javalina

Poetry reading: Memoir

The former Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County Elise Stuart reads from her new memoir, My Mother and I, We Talk Cat.

 3:30-4:30pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Round table: advice for new authors

Writing, editing, researching, submitting, marketing … All you need to know about the craft and business of writing, featuring John Gist, Sharman Apt Russell, and Bruce Wilson

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Poetry reading

Acclaimed Cuban-born poet Jesús J. Barquet reads from Venturous Journeys, his new collection, and discusses poetry.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Talk: Journalism & Theater

Political journalist and playwright Algernon D’Ammassa discusses his work.

Venue: El Sol Theater

Theater performance

“Blatant Attempts at Understanding” performed by the Virus Theater

 5:30-7:00pm Venue: WNMU Global Resource Center

Opening remarks, keynote address by Stella Pope Duarte

 7:30pm Venue: WNMU Parotti Hall

Las Cruces Theater Group performance of “I, Custer” by Neal Adelman

 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

10:00-11:00am Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk and Poetry Reading

Acclaimed poet Andrea Cote-Botero, originally from Colombia, reads and discusses her work.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Talk and reading

Debut novelist Julie Iromuanya reads from and discusses her critically acclaimed novel Mr and Mrs Doctor.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Panel: Translation

Writing Across Languages: renowned translators Roger Metcalfe and Dick Gerdes in conversation about the fine art of rendering other people’s words into English.

Venue: El Sol

Talk: Publishing industry

What’s going on? The world of publishing according to agent, author, & producer Peter Riva.

 11:30am-12:30pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk and reading: Fiction and Art

Award-winning novelist, short story writer and cartoonist Adrienne Celt discusses her work.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Talk: Environment

Indian-born writer, photographer, activist and environmental humanities scholar Subhankar Banerjee presents his multi-faceted work.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Poetry

The current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation Laura Tohe reads and discusses her work with Silver City’s inaugural Poet Laureate Bonnie Maldonado.

Venue: El Sol

Fiction: sci-fi

Prolific sci-fi novelist Jane Lindskold discusses her work.

 1:30-2:30pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk and reading

Award-winning author Matt Bell talks fiction and reads from his latest collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Writer’s life: Three Wise Women

Stella Pope Duarte, Sharman Apt Russell, and Laura Tohe, in conversation about the writing life. Moderated by Elise Stuart.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Setting up a publishing imprint

Four writers who set up their own publishing presses/imprints in conversation about the challenges and opportunities.

Featuring Jesús J. Barquet, Peter Riva, Lee Francis, and Stewart Warren.

Venue: El Sol Theater

Theater performance

“Blatant Attempts at Understanding” performed by the Virus Theater

 3:00-4:00pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk and reading: Narrative non-fiction 

Award-winning novelist Tim Z. Hernandez reads from and discusses his new book All They Will Call You.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Writer’s life: Three Wise Men

Mark Medoff, Paul Andrew Hutton, and Dick Gerdes in conversation about the writing life. Moderated by Nathaniel Siquieiros.

Venue: Silver City Public Library 

Panel: Journalism

How is journalism changing? A discussion with Kate Nelson and Algernon D’Ammassa.

Venue: Javalina

Poetry performance

The current and former Poet Laureates of Albuquerque–Manuel González and Jessica Helen Lopez–perform their work.

 4:30-6:00pm Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Round Table with Writers + the Great Book Giveaway (quiz)

D’Ammassa, Bell, Lindskold, Cote-Botero, Banerjee

Venue: “A” Space

Open mic/Poetry/Flash fiction

Hosted by Damien Davies with Manuel González

 7:30pm Venue: WNMU Parotti Hall

Las Cruces Theater Group performance of “I, Custer” by Neal Adelman

 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

10:00-11:00am Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk: Food

The editor of Edible Baja Arizona magazine Megan Kimble discusses her book Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Talk: History

Author of Apache Wars Paul Andrew Hutton discusses writing (and filming) history for broad audiences.

Venue: “A” Space

Talk: Graphic novels

The founder of Native Realities Press Lee Francis discusses indigenous graphic novels.

 

Venue: El Sol Theater

Talk: Music

Author of Experiencing Broadway Music Kat Sherrell enlightens us about the music world.

 11:30am-12:30pm Venue: Old Elks Lodge

Talk: Magazine writing

Managing Editor of New Mexico Magazine Kate Nelson discusses magazine writing.

Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Talk: Environment

Author of Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest Melissa Sevigny discusses her environmental work.

Venue: Javalina

Song lyrics

A practical demonstration of the art of writing great lyrics, from four outstanding local musicians. Featuring Andrew Dahl-Bredine, Melanie Zipin, Charlie Alfero, and Jack Crocker.

Venue: El Sol Theater

Talk: Memoir

Phil Connors, the award-winning author of Fire Season and All the wrong Places, discusses his work.

 1:00-2:00pm Venue: Seedboat Gallery

Round Table with Writers + the Great Book Giveaway (quiz)

Hamm, Fayhee, Hernandez, Lopez, Iromuanya, Celt

10 Commentsto 2017 Festival Schedule

  1. Rick Ernst says:

    Send me the schedule when its completed. I plan to read several of the books that appear in the brochure

    • Jeannie says:

      The final schedule, how and where to purchase banquet tickets, and the map and addresses of Festival event venues are now available on the website under 2015 Festival Schedule. Enjoy!

  2. Frances Stiles says:

    Please send me the schedule when it is available. Looking forward to the festival! Thank you.

    Fran Stiles

  3. Rico Austin says:

    hello SW Festival of the Word Committee Member: I would be very interested in being selected as a presenting author; If all events are filled, I would be willing to be put on a replacement / fill in list for any Author cancellations.

    I live in Scottsdale, AZ and have authored & had published 6 books, with my 7th about to be published, “Mexico got Lucky” the true story of Lucky the dog that was stolen. This incredible adventure is of 3 Mexican communities and Jim Kawaguchi, Lucky’s owner of combining their resources and never giving up on locating Lucky. My best selling, award winning adventure, mystery novel “My Bad Tequila” has won (14 awards, including 1 International award).

    I would also like to receive the full schedule when it has been completed.

  4. Jeannie says:

    Hi Rico, I answered you through your email address. Thank you very much for your interest in the Festival. jam

  5. S. Keyron McDermott says:

    Dear Written Word,
    I may be in Silver City the weekend of The Written Word Festival and would like to see your schedule, but can’t seem to bring it up on the website.
    Best, S. Keyron McDermott

  6. Carolyn Kane says:

    What a great schedule! I’m wishing I could be in two places at once!

  7. Kate James says:

    Hi:
    Is there any need to register? I don’t see any registration information.
    Thanks.

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