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Southwest Festival of the Written Word authors win awards

Several authors who took part in the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, October 2015, have gone on to win significant awards and recognition for their work. Denise Chávez won a 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for her novel The King and Queen of Comezón. She has also been namedRead the Rest…


The Art, the Act, the Publishing of the Written Word-Sessions at the 2015 Festival

Readers need writers.  Writers need readers.  And,  the  Southwest Festival of the Written Word in historic downtown Silver City NM–dedicated to encouraging writers to write and readers to read–brings  a “cloud nine” weekend for both types of word aficionados, October 2-October 4, 2015. For those who “put pen to paper”Read 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…


Join the SWFWW Collaborative Electronic Literature Project

“Let’s be clear: animals are people too. I’m so tired of the uneven, speciesist treatment that folks hand out. Look, can’t we all just get along? Yes, I may be covered with bristles but I’m an attractive, normal javelina. Realizing this – as a writer – led me to createRead the Rest…


Mother Tongue and Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana

Review by Tom Hester   Twenty-eight years ago Demetria Martinez—poet, journalist, and activist in the Sanctuary Movement – faced a prison sentence of up to 25 years for smuggling into the U.S. two pregnant Central Americans, refugees from violence in their home country. The federal jury pronounced Martinez, and theRead the Rest…


Take a Look at the 2015 Festival Schedule and the Presenters

  We’ve posted the schedule for the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Like everything in life, it’s subject to change, but it’s a pretty true representation of what will be offered up for your enjoyment on the first weekend in October.    So take a look and startRead the Rest…


Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico

Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico by Jonathan Miller Reviewed by Tom Hester   When Jonathan Miller participated in the last Southwest Festival of the Written Word, he had what drama professionals call “presence.” Presence is confidence, mixed with a cupful of charm and a dash of threat.Read the Rest…


Adult Summer Reading Program? Oh my!

        AUTHOR:  LILLIAN GALLOWAY Summer reading for children and teens is a long-held tradition at the Silver City Public Library, but did you know that summer 2015 is the third time that the library is offering summer reading for adults? This is a great opportunity to readRead the Rest…


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…


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