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Book Launch: Senator Bill O’Neill

Southwest Word Fiesta will host the launch of Senator Bill O’Neill’s latest novel, Short Session, February 16, 6-7 PM, via Zoom.

JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados and Writer in Residence of WNMUwrote of Short Session (Red Mountain Press): “A fast-paced, wisecracking look at life as a fundraiser and would-be senator. From his insider’s perch, O’Neill charts the highs and lows and the compromises involved on the campaign trail, from mudslinging mailshots to photo-shopped teeth. The voice is sharp and self-aware, and the dialogue crackles like kindling. A terrific read.”

Bill O’Neill grew up in rural Ohio and graduated from Cornell University. Elected to the New Mexico Legislature in 2008, he is now beginning his third term in the NM State Senate. His poems have appeared in numerous regional and national literary reviews, and his novel Short Session (Red Mountain Press) is the sequel to Panoramic Diaries, which appeared in 2020. His second poetry collection, The Definition of Empty (University Of New Mexico Press) is due out in late February. In 2019, Senator O’Neill passed legislation to establish and fund a state poet laureate program in New Mexico.

More praise: 
“Political fiction from someone who knows.” The Santa Fe New Mexican
“The novel’s numerous scenes and their dialogue seemingly fly throughout the book.” Albuquerque Journal

This Zoom event, which is free and open to the public, with no registration required, is sponsored by Southwest Word Fiesta, WILL, and WNMU.

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