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Just Words May 18

There will be a special celebration for this month’s JUST WORDS event on Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to welcome our new Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County! Eve West Bessier will be performing poems from her just published collection, “Roots Music: Listening to Jazz.” She will be mixing in live vocal and piano jazz between poems...

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In Memory of Mark Medoff

During Mark Medoff’s presentation at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word in 2017, someone asked the maestro, “How do you write a screenplay?” Mark replied: “Hands up if you’ve ever watched a film.” Everyone put their hands up. “Then you know how to write a screenplay.” If, in reality, it wasn’t quite that easy, Mark, with his extraordinary gifts as a storyteller and as a listener, often made it seem so...

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Living under a wide sky, turquoise bright, in a land where crinkled mountains rise purple and brown behind stretches of grass or cacti, some write of their days. Living in that crease where the past and present meet, where English and Spanish and languages of the indigenous meld, some write of their encounters. The Festival celebrates those who write in or about the Southwest, and brings together their readers to touch the rough and smooth of their words, to taste the fire and cool of our written life.--Tom Hester
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