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Lydia Huerta at Words and Music

The January 20, 2018 Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffeehouse will feature Lydia Huerta reading her own poetry and favorite poems by others in both English and Spanish. Open mic will follow her performance–that means your poems, stories, and songs! The event starts at 2:00 p.m.   Lydia HuertaRead the Rest…


Call for Submissions: Gila Symposium

Confluence of Bonita Creek and Gila River in Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, in Graham County, Arizona; seen from the vicinity of the Kearny campsite monument. The Gila flows toward the camera, center and left of center; Bonita Creek flows left to right, through the canyon whose far wall is visible behind trees at the right edge of the photo.

The 7th Natural History of the Gila Symposium (February 22-23, 2018) is looking for creative works about the Gila. Poets and prose writers of all kinds are welcome to submit their work for consideration. Readers will read their work in a creative voices session during the symposium, and works will be included inRead the Rest…


Saturday Words and Music Features ALCS Poets

On the third Saturday of each month, Tranquilbuzz Coffee House, in collaboration with poet laureate Beate Sigriddaughter, hosts a Words and Music event. Aldo Leopold Charter School poets Grace Walton, Serina Floyd, Ashley Elliot, Samuel Medina, and Catalina Claussen will read from their work tomorrow, December 16, 2017. The reading willRead the Rest…


Award Given to JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Damnificados

JJ Amaworo Wilson’s debut novel Damnificados has won the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. The award “honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe.” Wilson visited Washington, D.C. in late October to accept the award, where he met Congressman John Lewis. DamnificadosRead the Rest…


Book Review: My Mother and I, We Talk Cat

JJ Amaworo Wilson recently reviewed My Mother and I, We Talk Cat by Elise Stuart, the previous poet laureate of Silver City and Grant County. Elise Stuart’s terrific new memoir is unorthodox. As a former Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County, she includes poems at scattered intervals, whichRead the Rest…


Words and Music October 21

You are invited to the next Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House on Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. Featured authors on October 21, 2017 are Bonnie Buckley Maldonado and Heather Steinmann. Poet Bonnie Buckley Maldonado was Silver City’s first ever poet laureate and is a life-long educator. Heather SteinmannRead the Rest…


Thank you

The Festival steering committee wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Southwest Festival of the Written Word possible. Thank you to the speakers for your time, effort, and incredible insights! Thank you to our major sponsors the New Mexico Humanities Council, Western New Mexico University,Read the Rest…


Words and Music September 16

portrait of Jack Crocker on the left; photo of Jessi Crocker on the right

Beate Sigriddaughter, one of the poets laureate of Silver City and Grant County, invites you to join us for Words and Music! The September 16 Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House features our other poet laureate Jack Crocker, and his daughter Jessi Crocker (musician, actor, dancer, poet). Their performance willRead the Rest…


Who Invited Falstaff?

WHO INVITED FALSTAFF? by Frost McGahey Presented by the Silver City Community Theater LAUGHTER AND LASAGNE $25 Join a Shakespearean version of the Academy Awards where Falstaff wreaks havoc. A staged reading of Frost McGahey’s play that will entertain and inform you about the life Shakespeare and movies of hisRead the Rest…


Words and Music August 19

cat sitting next to a guitar

Poet Laureate Beate Sigriddaughter invites you to join us for Words and Music! The August 19, 2017 Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House features Silver City’s second poet laureate Elise Stuart who will read from her brand new memoir My Mother and I, We Talk Cat. Lonesome Richard will provideRead the Rest…


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