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Harvey“Let’s be clear: animals are people too. I’m so tired of the uneven, speciesist treatment that folks hand out. Look, can’t we all just get along? Yes, I may be covered with bristles but I’m an attractive, normal javelina. Realizing this – as a writer – led me to create Wild Animal Writers. Its an outlet, a soapbox, a trough to wallow in.” – Harvey Javelina   


Want to be a Wild Animal Writer? The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is delighted to announce an electronic (via the internet) collaborative writing project that will take place August 20- October 2, 2015.


 Sandy Baldwin Classroom shots with students (model releases for small group)Sandy Baldwin, one of our Festival presenters and a world renowned proponent of electronic literature, is organizing and moderating the project which will culminate in a presentation at the festival at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday October 4. An eBook containing the group’s work will be published!

Just follow this link and let your wild animal take over! Wild Animals Writers!

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