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Ditch Rider by Judith van Gieson–A Review

  Reviewed by Charlie McKee As a Southwestern writer, Judith van Gieson imbues her novels with the sensations, atmosphere, cultural mix, and visual images of New Mexico, as well as its raw human transgressions and intrigues. On page one of Ditch Rider, named one of New Mexico’s 100 Best NewRead the Rest…


Grant County and SWFWW Deserve a Big GIVE GRANDLY! Success

    AUTHOR:  MARY HOTVEDT Fundraising—and this blog is about that deadly subject—is up there in the top 3 of my least favorite things to do. The other two are lobbying on Capitol Hill and vacuuming. All three activities should be put off until they are absolutely necessary, and noRead the Rest…


Slammed at the Festival

     Hakim Bellamy Jessica Helen Lopez     AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO In 2013, the Southwest Festival of the Written Word (the Festival) paired two Poets Laureate on the stage together: our own Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, first Poet Laureate of Silver City, and a young man who writes and performs slamRead the Rest…


Connors and Fayhee at Little Toad!

Friday April 10, 2015 Time: 5:30 pm Little Toad Brewery and Distillery, 200 N. Bullard Street, Silver City NM   Join writers Philip Connors and M. John Fayhee at Little Toad Brewery and Distillery as they read from their works in celebration of the Continental Divide Trail and other SouthwestRead the Rest…


History, Mystery and Myth

    AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO I am drawn by three southwestern writers—Barry Lopez, Sharman Apt Russell, and Mary Sojourner–into thinking about the intersections of history, mystery and myth and what I understand and believe about the larger world. I recently finished digesting Barry Lopez’s Winter Count. He pushes the marginsRead the Rest…


Silver City Writing Groups

      We have a universal desire to tell our stories and have them endure. But to write them down means to bare your soul–and that’s hard. Sometimes we write in secret, not letting anyone know what we’re up to, afraid that the reactions will be negative both toRead the Rest…


Oh, THAT Mary Sojourner!

AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO   Mary Sojourner is coming to town. She is one of three writers who will be presenting workshops and an evening reading the first weekend in October. So I set out to see who Mary Sojourner is, and what she writes. A trip to the Silver CityRead the Rest…


The Scalpel and The Thread: A Master Workshop for Writers

The Scalpel and the Thread A Master Workshop for Writers with Mary Sojourner writer, writing mentor and instructor Using five pages of your own written work *Learn the beauty of taking the scalpel to your words, and *Rediscover how to weave threads of color back into your writing You’ve writtenRead the Rest…


PROLOGUE WEEKEND EVENINGS WITH POETRY AND PROSE

As if developing our plans for the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word (Friday-Sunday October 2-4,  2015), wasn’t keeping us busy enough,  we decided it was important to provide events to support reading and writing, prior to the 2015 Festival. What were we thinking?  That this would be aRead the Rest…


Why Am I Crying? It’s Only a Mystery!

AUTHOR:  SONNIE SUSSILLO I recently found myself crying—not sniffling, but full-out two-Kleenex tears—over the last chapters of not one, but two books. Both books were part of a series of mysteries starring Miss Maisie Dobbs as the intuitive, insightful sleuth. I got to wondering about what it is that makesRead the Rest…


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