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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…


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…


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…


Silver City Writes: Bill Charland

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word recently had an opportunity to interview Bill Charland, author of Soundings and The Heartland File. Charland, a volunteer and a reader, and Phoebe Lawrence, a potter and a gardener, live on the western rim of Silver City. As seen from their living roomRead the Rest…


Festival and Workshop in the News

The Silver City Sun-News published an article yesterday highlighting our writing workshop with Steve Havill, which occurred on January 26.  Read it here: http://www.scsun-news.com/ci_22502166  We’re grateful to Mr. Havill for offering his time in support of our Festival.  We are very eager to share more details, and will be doing soRead the Rest…


2013 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

The 2013 Aldo Leopold Writing Contest for New Mexico students grades 6-12 will focus on the topic, “Why is it important to know where your food and energy comes from?” The Bosque School and the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration are co-sponsoring the contest. See their announcement here. View and downloadRead 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…


High Desert Haiku 2013

We have received exciting news: High Desert Haiku 2013 is now registering poets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/295469  This poetry competition will occur on April 25-27, 2013.  Here’s how the organizers describe it: “We will accept 32 registrants for this competition. The tournament is currently structured to be double elimination so you will haveRead the Rest…


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