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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…


Silver City has a new Poet Laureate!

Silver City has a new Poet Laureate. Elise Stuart was selected by the Southwest Festival of the Written Word and the Silver City Town Council to be the second person to hold this honorary title. She will hold the position for two years. As Poet Laureate, she will promote expandingRead the Rest…


Search Begins for Silver City Area’s Second Poet Laureate

Nominations are now being sought for the Silver City area’s second Poet Laureate, following Bonnie Buckley Maldonado’s tenure as the first. This honorary position is awarded to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, has demonstrated a commitment to the literary art form, and whoRead the Rest…


200 New Mexico Poems Wins Award

The blog 200 New Mexico Poems: One Hundred Poems Celebrating the Past, One Hundred More for the Future, celebrates New Mexico’s centennial through poetry.  This month the blog won second place in the New Mexico Press Women’s 2013 Communication Contest Blogs-nonprofit category.   The Communications Contest Chair, Sherry Robinson, said thatRead the Rest…


Spring as a Poem

Spring as a Poem Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play “Home on the Range”, Dr. Brewster M. Higley, 1870’s   A fox in a box amazed a human astonished the fox. A bird box, a fox box a fox willRead the Rest…


National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, as designated by the Academy of American Poets.  The event is sponsored by several different cultural/literary, education, and publishing organizations including the American Booksellers Association and American Libraries magazine (published by the American Library Association).  You may notice National Poetry Month posters appearing in theRead the Rest…


Poetry in the Weeds

The New York Times publishes a men’s fashion style magazine several times a year. I usually don’t read the New York Times men’s fashion magazine because it’s long been my observation that most men are fairly ugly and sport goofy expressions. The graven guys in the Times are neither uglyRead 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…


“True Grit”–on the Silver City Poet Laureate

Written by Harry Williamson, this fantastic article about Bonnie Buckley Maldonado is reproduced with permission and first appeared in the June 2012 Desert Exposure. If your idea of a poet creates images of being straight-laced and library-quiet, of gossamery clouds and perfect roses, think again. Silver City’s new poet laureateRead the Rest…


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