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Southwest Word Fiesta believes that its vision applies to 365 days a year, not to just one fabulous weekend biennially. To promote reading and writing within our communities, we offer programs and workshops throughout the years between the Festivals.

These include youth outreach, the Poet Laureate program, and “Prologue Events” like writing workshops, which occur whenever it is not Festival season. The latter gives us all the chance to still get our literary “hit” but in smaller, more intimate venues. We also co-sponsor events with other organizations in our area. Community writing and reading groups that are open to the public are invited to contact the Festival so that we can help in publicizing their meetings and events. Please send information to

Poet Laureate Program

Reading Groups

Do you have a book club? Tell us about it! We can help spread the word: