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Book Review: Ross Calvin by Ron Hamm

Ron Hamm will participate in a discussion with Stephen Fox at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Silver City Public Library. The two distinguished historians will discuss the art of writing biography. Their conversation will include the challenges of research, whatRead the Rest…


Book Review: Elise Stuart, Another Door Calls

Southwest Festival of the Written Word: Word Travels Fast. Friday through Sunday, September 29 through October 1, 2017. Silver City, New Mexico

Thank you to JJ Wilson for reviewing Elise Stuart’s new book of poetry, Another Door Calls: Elise Stuart’s debut collection shimmers in the rain, gets snagged on the cholla, frees itself in the night winds, and goes rolling down a flooded arroyo. This terrific collection couldn’t have been written anywhereRead the Rest…


Lecture with Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca (Tochtli), Ph.D.

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca portrait

Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca will give a lecture titled “The Stamp of One Defect: The Mystery of Memory in Shakespeare’s Hamlet” on Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. This free event will occur at Western New Mexico University Light Hall Theater. There will be a meet and greetRead the Rest…


Remembering Richard Mahler

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word has lost a great and much-loved friend. Richard Mahler, or Rico as he liked to be called, was an Everyman: writer, editor, publisher, radio host, media consultant, photographer, teacher, naturalist, and literary pioneer. If you wanted something done, and done well, in theRead the Rest…


Celebrate Libraries This April

heart and library symbol--a silhouette of a person reading a book--on a blue background

Institutions dedicated to literacy, life-long learning, and the joy of reading hold a special place in the hearts of avid readers and writers. Some special opportunities to show your appreciation for libraries will occur in the next two weeks. Celebrate our local public library at Love Your Library Day onRead the Rest…


Report on the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books

Thanks to JJ Wilson for sharing his thoughts on this year’s Tucson Festival of Books!   Another year, another blockbuster. Once again I missed out on a couple of big names – Colson Whitehead and Michael McGarrity – but there was plenty of consolation in seeing some lesser-known, bright young (andRead the Rest…


Search Begins for Silver City Area’s Third Poet Laureate

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


Congratulations to Award-winning Silver City Authors

Sharman Apt Russell’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door and JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Damnificados won New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in, respectively, the Science Fiction and the Fiction categories. Two other Silver City authors were also finalists – Ron Hamm, for Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the American Southwest, and Catalina Claussen, for DiamondsRead the Rest…


An Evening with the Maestro – Reflection by JJ Wilson

JJ Wilson shares his thoughts on Juan Felipe Herrera’s visit: The 21st Poet Laureate of the Unites States came to little Silver City this week. The place will never be the same. Herrera was a hurricane of ideas, poetry, stories, music and love. In front of a packed house, heRead the Rest…


Review of “Notes on the Assemblage”

Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera Review by JJ Wilson originally posted here. Juan Felipe Herrera is a protean figure, a one-man dynamo: an actor, activist, professor, musician, author of thirty books, and now the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States. His personal story is extraordinary.Read the Rest…


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