NM Humanities Council Supports Scholars for 2017 Festival

The Southwest Festival of the Written Word has received a generous grant award from the New Mexico Humanities Council. The award is in support of ten of the more than thirty writers who live and work in the southwest and who will be presenters at the 2017 Festival, which takes place Friday-Sunday, September 29-October 1, in historic downtown Silver City, New Mexico.  All Festival events are open to the public free of charge.

The ten writers are Jesús J. Barquet, Andrea Cote-Botero, Stella Pope Duarte, John Fayhee, Dick Gerdes, Ron Hamm, Tim Z. Hernandez, Roger Metcalfe, Sharman Apt Russell, and Laura Tohe.

Each of these individuals has been named  a “New Mexico Humanities Scholar” by the New Mexico Humanities Council and will participate in sessions focusing on “Southwest Stories—The Word in the World.”

In keeping with the 2017 Festival theme –Word Travels Fast– the Scholars will discuss their artistic journeys and the ways in which these have helped to shape how they express their ideas through words and send them out into the world. Their Festival sessions will create cultural mixes that reflect the multiple realities of the southwest, both in terms of the background of the writers and their work which includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

 

Click here to view the Festival schedule. The Festival sessions that feature the New Mexico Humanities Council Scholars are as follows:

 

 

Jesus J. Barquet

Jesus J. Barquet
Photo by Carlos Gallo

 

Evolution of the Poet and the Poem

 

Ron Hamm

Ron Hamm

Cuban-born poet Jesús J. Barquet, now a Professor Emeritus at NMSU, will read from his latest collection, Venturous Journeys. Elise Stuart, Silver City’s second Poet Laureate, will join him for a discussion on the development of poets and their poems. Barquet, who is the founder of a poetry imprint, La Mirada, will also participate in a panel about the challenges and opportunities of setting up small publishing houses.

 

Capturing the Past

Biographer Ron Hamm, author of Ross Calvin, Interpreter of the Southwest, will discuss biographical/historical research and the art of choosing what to include and what to omit in the final manuscript. He will be in conversation with Dr. Steven Fox, himself a published biographer and historian and one of the 2013 Festival’s New Mexico Humanities Scholars.

 

Richard Gerdes

Dick Gerdes

Roger Metcalfe

Roger Metcalfe

Writing Across Languages

Two renowned translators and scholars, Roger Metcalfe and Dr. Dick Gerdes, will converse on the art of translating other authors’ work into English, and discuss their personal journeys into this field. Gerdes, an award-winning translator of several Latin American novels, will also be part of the Three Wise Men panel with Mark Medoff and Paul Andrew Hutton.

 

 

John Fayhee

John Fayhee

Off on a Tangent

Outdoors writer and author of a dozen books, M. John Fayhee will discuss the theme of tangents in life and writing – how getting sidetracked can take us onto alternative paths that lead to a deeper understanding of the word around us.

 

Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe

The Poetry of Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe, current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2017, will read and discuss her work with Bonnie Maldonado, the first Poet Laureate of Silver City.

Tim Z. Hernandez

Tim Z. Hernandez

 

From Tragedy to Art

Tim Z. Hernandez will read from his latest work, All They will Call You, a novel based on the Los Gatos Canyon plane crash. Hernandez will describe how the accident, which killed deported Mexican farmworkers, inspired him to create this work.

Andrea Cote-Botero

Andrea Cote-Botero

The Poetry of Andrea Cote-Botero

Cote-Botero, an award-winning poet originally from Colombia and now based at UTEP, will read some of her poems in Spanish and English and discuss her writing process.

 

Stella Pope Duarte

Stella Pope Duarte

Keynote address: Stella Pope Duarte

Stella Pope Duarte, a Humanities Scholar at the 2015 festival, will focus on the way in which her childhood in urban Phoenix in a largely Mexican American barrio has influenced and inspired her writing. Duarte will also participate in the Three Wise Women panel.

 

Three Wise Women

Stella Pope Duarte, Sharman Apt Russell, and Laura Tohe will be in conversation about the writing life and the influences on their work as Southwest authors.

Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell

Three Wise Men

Dick Gerdes will discuss the writing life with Mark Medoff, author of the play CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, and Paul Andrew Hutton, historian and television presenter.

Writers’ Roundtables

Two sessions will be held each day with several authors who will interact freely with the audience and with each other. These roundtables are informal opportunities for writers and audiences to discuss the craft and business of writing. The Humanities scholars will also be Roundtable participants.


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