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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…


April Poetry Readings

April is National Poetry Month. The Southwest Festival of the Written Word and the Silver City Library are proud to present two events to celebrate National Poetry Month. Both are open to the public free of charge. Please join us!     Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:00 –11:00am Silver CityRead the Rest…


It’s Not Your Mother’s Library Anymore

AUTHOR: JEANNIE MILLER I can still feel my first library, located in the room off to the right as you entered Woman’s Club building in Safford, Arizona. Somewhat dark inside– especially when you first came in out of the bright sunshine, hardwood floors, a few free-standing stacks, and book-lined wallsRead the Rest…


Thank You!

We want to express our immense gratitude to everyone who made the 2013 Southwest Festival of the Written Word a tremendous success!  Thank you to our speakers, our volunteers, our sponsors.  We have attempted to make a comprehensive list of all our supporters, as follows: MAJOR SPONSORS Western New MexicoRead the Rest…


Community Summer Reading and Reviews

The Silver City Public Library is offering an informal adult summer reading program.  Community members are invited to pick up a sheet of book review slips, and write a very brief review of whatever they have been reading this summer.  The Southwest Festival of the Written Word team is takingRead the Rest…


Running a Creative Writing Group

RUNNING A CREATIVE WRITING GROUP JJ Wilson, Writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University For the last couple of years, I’ve run a creative writing group that meets twice a month at Western New Mexico University. I’ve discovered that our small community harbours genuine literary talent and writers who take theirRead the Rest…


SFWW Member Joseph Wade Featured by Documentarian

Dave Gill is bicycling 11,000 miles around North America to film a documentary about people and their lifestyle choices.  His project, Vague Direction, recently visited Joseph Wade at the J.W. Art Gallery in Hurley.  Check out the blog post and video here: http://www.vaguedirection.com/day92/  You can also view the video on YouTube.Read the Rest…


Literacy, Poverty, and Children

Nicholas Kristof, a columnist in the New York Times, writes about our society’s need to defeat poverty as a means to achieve equality of opportunity. He cites a new book, “Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance,” by Susan Neuman and Donna Celano. “Neuman and Celano focus on two Philadelphia neighborhoods in Philadelphia.Read the Rest…


The Story of Poems2

The Creation of Poems² By Joseph W. Wade, Jr. Artist/Proprietor of JW Art Gallery, Hurley, NM When I first came to Grant County, I became acquainted with Mrs. Dorothy McCray at her gallery, Atelier 108 in Silver City. Mrs. McCray later encouraged her friend Elvira Godfrey to offer her penRead the Rest…


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