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Night at the Fiestas – by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Review by JJ Amaworo Wilson As debut collections go, give or take the odd Junot Diaz or Ray Carver, this is about as good as it gets. The writing is measured and beautiful, witty yet restrained, and there’s not a single dud among these tales. The ten stories that makeRead the Rest…


Mother Tongue and Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana

Review by Tom Hester   Twenty-eight years ago Demetria Martinez—poet, journalist, and activist in the Sanctuary Movement – faced a prison sentence of up to 25 years for smuggling into the U.S. two pregnant Central Americans, refugees from violence in their home country. The federal jury pronounced Martinez, and theRead the Rest…


Take a Look at the 2015 Festival Schedule and the Presenters

  We’ve posted the schedule for the 2015 Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Like everything in life, it’s subject to change, but it’s a pretty true representation of what will be offered up for your enjoyment on the first weekend in October.    So take a look and startRead the Rest…


Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico

Crater County: A legal thriller of New Mexico by Jonathan Miller Reviewed by Tom Hester   When Jonathan Miller participated in the last Southwest Festival of the Written Word, he had what drama professionals call “presence.” Presence is confidence, mixed with a cupful of charm and a dash of threat.Read the Rest…


Ditch Rider by Judith van Gieson–A Review

  Reviewed by Charlie McKee As a Southwestern writer, Judith van Gieson imbues her novels with the sensations, atmosphere, cultural mix, and visual images of New Mexico, as well as its raw human transgressions and intrigues. On page one of Ditch Rider, named one of New Mexico’s 100 Best NewRead the Rest…


Writers Write

AUTHOR:  BRUCE WILSON   I’m a writer. There, I’ve said it in a public forum. I’ve always been good at the writing process and even used the skills I learned in public school successfully in thirty-plus years in Corporate America and later while earning a Masters Degree. But it wasn’tRead the Rest…


Kickoff Event Thursday Sept. 26

It’s time to launch the first Southwest Festival of the Written Word! The JW Art Gallery at 99 Cortez Ave. Hurley, NM, presents the Kick-off Event for the Southwest Festival of the Written Word on Thursday, September 26, from 6:00- 9:00pm.  The celebration is open to the public at noRead the Rest…


Following Your Bliss, Writing Your Bliss

Sharman Apt Russell lives and writes in Silver City NM and says of herself, “I am pleased to be considered in the book world as a nature/science writer. At the same time, I have relied on Joseph Campbell’s advice to follow my bliss.”  At the Southwest Festival of the WrittenRead the Rest…


Books as Art

Joining the more than 50 southwest writers and publishing experts gathering in 30 sessions at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, September 27-29 in Silver City NM are Ann Lane Hedlund and Michael P. Berman.  They are two writers who create notable works of art as they fashion their intriguing andRead the Rest…


Details on Ana Castillo’s Memoir-Writing Workshop

On September 28, 2013, Ana Castillo, award winning novelist, poet, essayist and playwright, will offer a Memoir Writing Workshop at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word in Silver City NM. Castillo teaches memoir writing at Northwestern University and at workshops around the country, most recently in Taos, NM. HerRead the Rest…


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