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Throughout the day on August 2, 2013, our website experienced intermittent outages.  Our web host encountered unusual, unexpected network problems that took their team most of the day to fully resolve.  Some more details are available on our host’s blog:  We apologize for difficulty you may have encountered in getting the information you need from our site.  If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, feel free to call 575-654-6803, or email  You can also reach us by sending a message on our Facebook page:  Thank you for your understanding, and for your interest in the Festival!

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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.