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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…


It’s Not Your Mother’s Library Anymore

AUTHOR: JEANNIE MILLER I can still feel my first library, located in the room off to the right as you entered Woman’s Club building in Safford, Arizona. Somewhat dark inside– especially when you first came in out of the bright sunshine, hardwood floors, a few free-standing stacks, and book-lined wallsRead 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…


JW Art Gallery Kick-off Event

The JW Art Gallery presents a Kick-off Event for the Southwest Festival of the Written Word Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm 99 Cortez Ave. Hurley, NM Help launch the first Southwest Festival of the Written Word with a free kickoff celebration at the JW Gallery, including a performanceRead the Rest…


Reviews: Four Novels by Rick Collignon

Below are Larry Godfrey’s thoughts on Rick Collignon’s series of four novels about the village of Guadalupe, in northern New Mexico.  Rick Collignon will be at the Festival on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 for the panel Imagined worlds: The art of literary fiction.   My second reading through Rick Collignon’sRead the Rest…


Writing the Southwest through History and Nonfiction

Over the three days of the final weekend in September, the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, in downtown Silver City NM, will celebrate the Textures Y Sabores created in and by the works of more than 50 writers who live and write in the American Southwest. Mark Lee GardnerRead the Rest…


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