Skip to content
“The Lost Ones: Recovered Memory and Creative Storytelling.”

The 2023 Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 4, 5:30-7:00 MDT, at WNMU’s Miller Library. This year writer, poet, performer Tim Z. Hernandez will deliver the talk: “The Lost Ones: Recovered Memory and Creative Storytelling.”
The lecture series is named in honor of former WNMU scholar-in-residence. Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca was a legendary figure in Chicano/a studies and the pioneer of the Chicano Renaissance in literature. Besides being a prolific writer, Ortego was an actor, musician, activist, university professor, and a U.S. Marine who saw action in three conflicts and served in the U.S. government. The son of migrant farmworkers, Ortego went on to earn a Ph.D. in English and published work in numerous genres, including journalism, fiction, theater, essays and academic papers. He died in December 2018.

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award-winning author, research scholar, and performer. His books include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and he is the recipient of the American Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award. His work has been featured in major national and international media, and in 2018 he was recognized by the California Senate for his work locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, which is chronicled in his book, All They Will Call You. Hernandez is an Associate Professor with the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing program.

His presentation, “The Lost Ones: Recovered Memory and Creative Storytelling,” will focus on the author’s decades-long journey to uncover stories that have been lost, omitted, or erased from popular American narratives. Centered on his previous award winning books, Mañana Means Heaven, All They Will Call You, and most recently, Some of the Light, the author will speak about the process of story-gathering, and turning research into creative narrative, utilizing a wide range of tools from multiple genres.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

Enriching Life Through Learning in Community

We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

Related Articles

Mimbres Press Logo Large

Mimbres Press of Western New Mexico University is a traditional academic press that welcomes agented and unagented submissions in the following genres: literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoir, poetry, children’s books, historical fiction, and academic books. We are particularly interested in academic work and commercial work with a strong social message, including but not limited to works of history, reportage, biography, anthropology, culture, human rights, and the natural world. We will also consider selective works of national and global significance.