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Book Review: Elise Stuart, Another Door Calls

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

Thank you to JJ Wilson for reviewing Elise Stuart’s new book of poetry, Another Door Calls: Elise Stuart’s debut collection shimmers in the rain, gets snagged on the cholla, frees itself in the night winds, and goes rolling down a flooded arroyo. This terrific collection couldn’t have been written anywhereRead the Rest…


Review of “Notes on the Assemblage”

Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera Review by JJ Wilson originally posted here. Juan Felipe Herrera is a protean figure, a one-man dynamo: an actor, activist, professor, musician, author of thirty books, and now the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States. His personal story is extraordinary.Read the Rest…


Seven Great Banned Books

Originally posted by JJ Wilson on September 23, 2016. In celebration of Banned Books Week – Sept 25-Oct 1 – here’s some great literature that governments banned at one time or another. Rather than the usual suspects — Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Lolita, the Harry Potter series (witchcraft!), and pretty muchRead the Rest…


Recent Review of Damnificados

In his debut novel Damnificados, JJ Amaworo Wilson has created a unique yet familiar world. No doubt reflecting Wilson’s experiences living in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, England, Italy, and the United States, the story is set in a fascinatingly diverse, polyglot city surrounded by an equally multi-national countryside.Read the Rest…


Ten Great Latin American Novels

It’s all here: magical realism, characters as big as gods, social (in)justice, love and death and the depredations of colonialism. Ten masterpieces from that gorgeous and perennially troubled continent. -JJ Wilson 1. The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa Llosa wrote several great novels –Read the Rest…


All the Wrong Places — by Philip Connors

Review by JJ Amaworo Wilson This memoir hinges on the suicide of the author’s brother, Dan. The book starts with a hot air balloon ride organized by Dan for himself and the author. They soar into the atmosphere and gaze down at the vast desert sands of New Mexico, theRead the Rest…


Night at the Fiestas – by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Review by JJ Amaworo Wilson As debut collections go, give or take the odd Junot Diaz or Ray Carver, this is about as good as it gets. The writing is measured and beautiful, witty yet restrained, and there’s not a single dud among these tales. The ten stories that makeRead the Rest…


Review of Logan Phillips’s Sonoran Strange

JJ Wilson has kindly shared with us his recent review of Sonoran Strange, a compelling debut volume by poet Logan Phillips. The review was originally posted here on JJ’s blog.   Logan Phillips’s Sonoran Strange is a magnificent debut, awash with poems full of wit and stunning imagery. As oneRead the Rest…


The bookend lives of Bonnie Buckley Maldonado

Reviewed by Sonnie Sussillo Bonnie Maldonado writes of life lived edgewise of easy, slant-wise from soft. In her most recent books of poetry, The Secret Lives of Us Kids-A Childhood Memoir 1941-1945, and Too Personal for Words-The Invisible Path of Aging we get a picture of her life from childhoodRead the Rest…


Dear Ms. Becky

Author:  Sonnie Sussillo   The Southwest Festival of the Written Word, since its inception, has been present in the community to promote reading and writing as a fun and enriching experience for our  youth .  Sometimes this aspect of the Festival doesn’t get its just acknowledgment; we need to “right”Read the Rest…


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