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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…


Reflections on the Festival by JJ Amaworo Wilson

Wilson has permitted us to share his thoughts on this year’s Festival, originally posted on his blog here.   The Southwest Festival of the Written Word took place September 29-October 1 in Silver City, New Mexico. The strangest thing about it is just how quickly it flies by. We spendRead the Rest…


Book Review: Venturous Journeys by Jesus J. Barquet

cover of Los Viajes Venturosos

Jesus J. Barquet will give an English-Spanish reading and discussion of his book of poetry Venturous Journeys / Los viajes venturosos (Madrid: Verbum, 2015) at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:30pm at the Seedboat Gallery. He will also participate in a panelRead the Rest…


Book Review: Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold

Jane Lindskold

Award-winning novelist Jane Lindskold will discuss the art of writing science fiction at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Saturday, September 30, 11:30am at the El Sol Theater. Frost McGahey reviewed Lindskold’s Artemis Awakening, the start of a new series: The planet Artemis was created as an Eden,Read the Rest…


Book Review: The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton

Paul Andrew Hutton

Paul Andrew Hutton will give a presentation, “From Ivory Tower to the Big Apple—Writing Popular History and Academic Publishing,” at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Sunday, October 1, at 10:00am at the Seedboat Gallery. The transition from academic writing to the creation of a commercial work forRead the Rest…


Book Review: Raul Yzaguirre by Stella Pope Duarte

Stella Pope Duarte

Stella Pope Duarte will give the Festival keynote address on Friday, September 29, 5:30pm at Light Hall on the campus of Western New Mexico University. “Up the Spiral Staircase”: A young girl who liked to read, collect words and produce dramas enacted by barrio kids in her backyard, will inRead the Rest…


Book Review: Unprocessed by Megan Kimble

Megan Kimble

Megan Kimble will speak at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:00am at the Old Elks Lodge. She will discuss her book Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food (William Morrow 2015), which describes her experience living an entire year without eatingRead the Rest…


Book Review: Chinatown a toda hora by Andrea Cote-Botero

Andrea Cote-Botero

Andrea Cote-Botero will speak at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00am at the Old Elks Lodge in Silver City. She will discuss her experience as a writer: main literary influences, elements of the creative process, critical approaches to her artistic work, and more.Read the Rest…


Fascinating Fiction at the Festival

Check out some fiction authors coming to Silver City September 29-October 1! We are very pleased to be able to host them. STELLA POPE DUARTE Festival Keynote Presenter Friday Sept 29: 5:30-7:00pm,  Light Hall at WNMU Stella Pope Duarte is described as a “magical weaver with a sure hand andRead the Rest…


Theater at the 2017 Festival

“Word Travels Fast!” We invite you to attend three outstanding theater events at this year’s Festival. All are open to the public free of charge. Mark Medoff Friday Sept 29: 2:00-3:00pm, Seed Boat Gallery Legendary playwright and screenwriter Mark Medoff talks about how his career and how his words haveRead the Rest…


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