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On Thursday, February 25, 5-6 p.m., Western New Mexico University and Southwest Word Fiesta will host a Black History Month event involving virtual readings and a discussion. The topic will be the challenges and opportunities for African Americans at this time. The panelists include Dr. Isaac Brundage, Vice President for Student Affairs at WNMU; Matthew Macon, Kinesiology senior, WNMU, Victorville CA; Breya Brown, Kinesiology junior, WNMU, Avondale AZ; and JJ Amaworo Wilson, writer-in-residence, WNMU, and co-chair of Southwest Word Fiesta. The event is free and open to the public, no registration required, and can be accessed via Zoom link:

Sponsored by WNMU, Southwest Word Fiesta, and the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

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Mimbres Press of Western New Mexico University is a traditional academic press that welcomes agented and unagented submissions in the following genres: literary fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, memoir, poetry, children’s books, historical fiction, and academic books. We are particularly interested in academic work and commercial work with a strong social message, including but not limited to works of history, reportage, biography, anthropology, culture, human rights, and the natural world. We will also consider selective works of national and global significance.