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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…


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…


Following Your Bliss, Writing Your Bliss

Sharman Apt Russell lives and writes in Silver City NM and says of herself, “I am pleased to be considered in the book world as a nature/science writer. At the same time, I have relied on Joseph Campbell’s advice to follow my bliss.”  At the Southwest Festival of the WrittenRead the Rest…


Details on Ana Castillo’s Memoir-Writing Workshop

On September 28, 2013, Ana Castillo, award winning novelist, poet, essayist and playwright, will offer a Memoir Writing Workshop at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word in Silver City NM. Castillo teaches memoir writing at Northwestern University and at workshops around the country, most recently in Taos, NM. HerRead the Rest…


Freelance Writing – What a Gig!

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word, September 27-29 in downtown Silver City NM, is the place to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of writing in just about any literary genre. On September 29th, Jim Kelly, Ron Hamm, and Elan Head will discuss their writing lives and experiences at the FestivalRead the Rest…


Ana Castillo Writing a Memoir Workshop

Ana Castillo, an award winning poet, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright and translator, will teach a Memoir Writing workshop, at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word in Silver City, NM on Saturday, September 28th.   It is open to anyone who wants to learn to write memoir.  The workshop fee is $125 and enrollmentRead the Rest…


Edit, Edit, Edit

Writing Reflections from Mary Hotvedt Happy to say I’m down to the last ten chapters on the second edit of a novel. I finished the first draft many months ago. I worked in a writers’ group—very helpful. But the thought of editing paralyzed me. I edited the first chapters fourRead 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…


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