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

Download the schedule here: SFWW2017Schedule (PDF, 423KB)

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 Light Hall

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: I Wish I’d Known That!

Steve Havill discusses the lessons he has learned over the course of writing 28 novels.

Venue: Silver City Public Library

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The current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation Laura Tohe reads and discusses her work with Dr. Heather Steinmann.

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: Wise Women

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

Venue: Silver City Public Library

Setting up a publishing imprint

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

Featuring Jesús J. Barquet, Peter Riva, 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 NelsonAlgernon D’Ammassa, and Benjamin Fisher.

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, Havill, Hernandez

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

Workshop: Write Now

Writer and writing mentor Mary Sojourner will help participants express what wants to emerge from their lives, their emotions.

 

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, FayheeLopez, Iromuanya, Celt

12 Commentsto 2017 Festival Schedule

  1. Tom VAUGHAN says:

    Can it be formatted in a way that prints out readily?

    • Lillian says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Tom. I’ve added a downloadable PDF version at the top of the page. Let me know if you have any difficulties with it.

      -Lillian
      Festival web developer

  2. Lee Fike says:

    Is there a map that shows where all these venues are? Thanks!

    • Lillian says:

      Lee,
      I will try to get a map up here on the website. In the meantime, to start, here is a list of the venues with addresses and websites for those that have them: https://swwordfiesta.org/venues/ There will be a map in the Festival program, available at the event. All locations are in downtown Silver City or on the campus of Western New Mexico University, all relatively close together.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

      Thanks,
      Lillian Galloway
      Festival web coordinator and library liaison

  3. Lee Fike says:

    Super! Thanks!

  4. Mike Winstead says:

    Registration?

  5. Susan Rice says:

    Do we need a ticket for I Custer? If so, where are they available?

    • Lillian says:

      Hi Susan,

      No tickets are needed. The event is totally free and open to the public! Thank you for your interest.

      -Lillian Galloway, Festival web coordinator

  6. Teal Martin says:

    Hi,
    is any of the festival being streamed or videoed to share with folks who cannot physically attend? If not, is that something you could consider maybe for future festivals.
    Thanks, Teal

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