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Award Given to JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Damnificados

JJ Amaworo Wilson’s debut novel Damnificados has won the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. The award “honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe.” Wilson visited Washington, D.C. in late October to accept the award, where he met Congressman John Lewis. DamnificadosRead the Rest…


Book Review: My Mother and I, We Talk Cat

JJ Amaworo Wilson recently reviewed My Mother and I, We Talk Cat by Elise Stuart, the previous poet laureate of Silver City and Grant County. Elise Stuart’s terrific new memoir is unorthodox. As a former Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County, she includes poems at scattered intervals, whichRead the Rest…


Words and Music October 21

You are invited to the next Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House on Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. Featured authors on October 21, 2017 are Bonnie Buckley Maldonado and Heather Steinmann. Poet Bonnie Buckley Maldonado was Silver City’s first ever poet laureate and is a life-long educator. Heather SteinmannRead the Rest…


Thank you

The Festival steering committee wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Southwest Festival of the Written Word possible. Thank you to the speakers for your time, effort, and incredible insights! Thank you to our major sponsors the New Mexico Humanities Council, Western New Mexico University,Read the Rest…


Words and Music September 16

portrait of Jack Crocker on the left; photo of Jessi Crocker on the right

Beate Sigriddaughter, one of the poets laureate of Silver City and Grant County, invites you to join us for Words and Music! The September 16 Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House features our other poet laureate Jack Crocker, and his daughter Jessi Crocker (musician, actor, dancer, poet). Their performance willRead the Rest…


Who Invited Falstaff?

WHO INVITED FALSTAFF? by Frost McGahey Presented by the Silver City Community Theater LAUGHTER AND LASAGNE $25 Join a Shakespearean version of the Academy Awards where Falstaff wreaks havoc. A staged reading of Frost McGahey’s play that will entertain and inform you about the life Shakespeare and movies of hisRead the Rest…


Words and Music August 19

cat sitting next to a guitar

Poet Laureate Beate Sigriddaughter invites you to join us for Words and Music! The August 19, 2017 Words and Music event at the Tranquilbuzz Coffee House features Silver City’s second poet laureate Elise Stuart who will read from her brand new memoir My Mother and I, We Talk Cat. Lonesome Richard will provideRead the Rest…


Book Review: Death in the Black Patch by Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson will participate in a panel at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:30pm at the Old Elks Lodge in downtown Silver City. The session, “Everything you ever wanted to know about writing,” will cover writing, editing, researching, submitting, and marketing. WilsonRead the Rest…


Third Saturdays Words and Music

On the third Saturday of each month, TranquilBuzz Coffee House, in collaboration with poet laureate Beate Sigriddaughter, will host a Words and Music event, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with featured authors followed by open mic. Featured authors for July 15, 2017 are novelist Chris Lemme and poet Mary O’Loughlin. TranquilBuzz Coffee House isRead the Rest…


Book Reviews: Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt will speak at the 2017 Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:30am at the Old Elks Lodge. The topic will be “Mining Fact for Fiction: Using research & personal history in your writing.” Celt explains: “As fiction writers, we get conflicting advice –Read the Rest…


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