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A heads-up to the supporters of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word: Give Grandly is on May 9. This is an amazing fundraising day, organized by and for local non-profits. Any amount we raise between $250 and $500 will be matched, so if we raise $300, we get $600. In the current crisis, we have no guarantees that our past sponsors can help us in 2021.

All of our programming is free, and we really want to keep it that way.

Besides hosting a festival every two years, we run regular programs. We run Word Feast and Open Mics, we sponsor author talks, run the Poet Laureate program, and we send writers into schools to encourage the readers and writers of the future.

But we need your help. Please donate if you can, and contact any potential donors to let them know how they can support the written word as well.

On May 9 there will be entertainment live-streamed on, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., including Bayou Seco, Amos Torres & many more.

But you don’t need to wait for May 9 — donations can be made now. Go to, look us up in the Search window at the top, and give whatever you can.

Check out our Give Grandly video, and thank you for your support!


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

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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.