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, 389KB)

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

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, Havill

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

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