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The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is coming in September--Check out the schedule and presenters!!

Support the Festival through session sponsorship, advertising, donations.



Sunday, October 1, 11:30am-12:30pm,
Seedboat Gallery
Writing Environmental Non-fiction

Melissa L. Sevigny grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she fell in love with the Sonoran Desert's ecology, geology and dark desert skies. Her lyrical nonfiction and poetry explores the intersections of science, politics, and history, with a focus on the American Southwest.

She is the author of two nonfiction books: Under Desert Skies, published by the University of Arizona Press, and Mythical River, published by University of Iowa Press and named a "Nature Book of Uncommon Merit" by the John Burroughs Association.

She is currently the science reporter for Arizona Public Radio in Flagstaff, Arizona. Learn more about Sevigny at melissasevigny.com.

Melissa will also be speaking on September 28, 2017 - Silver City, NM. An evening with Melissa Sevigny at the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House, hosted by the American Planning Association.

Friday Sept 29: 2:00-3:00pm, Silver City Public Library,
Delving into Others' Lives, a Conversation about Writing Biography

Sunday, October 1, 1:00-2:00pm, Seedboat Gallery,
Round Table with Authors and the Great Book Giveaway

Ron Hamm began writing biography with obituaries (the genre in brief) as a copy boy on his Indiana home town newspaper.  Following the Marine Corps, Hamm's United Press/Associated Press career allowed him to write profiles of major news figures. That segued into public relations followed by teaching and finally writing biographies on New Mexicans.

Hamm's latest work on Ross Calvin was a Finalist for the 2016 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Friday Sept 29: 2:00-3:00pm, Silver City Public Library, Delving into Others' Lives, a Conversation about Writing Biography

Stephen Fox is a Boston boy who moved west in 2008. He had studied history at Williams College and at Brown University, where he received a PhD in 1971. A freelance historian, he has published seven books on various aspects of American social history.

For the biography panel at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, he'll discuss three of his books that are especially biographical: The Guardian of Boston (1970), John Muir and His Legacy (1981), and Wolf of the Deep (2007).

After nine years in Silver City, he still doesn't know what to say when asked Red or Green.

Friday, September 29, 2:00-3:00pm, Javalina Coffee House,
Memoir: Readings from her new memoir, My Mother and I, We Talk Cat.

Elise Stuart was  Silver City's Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2017. During her term, she promoted expanding the power of the written word in our community, giving voice to young and old, emphasizing the need for expression through poetry. To accomplish one of her goals-- empowering youth to create their own poems--she held a series of poetry workshops for children of all ages, focusing on the human connection with the natural world.

Stuart also led the effort to air a weekly literary radio program on KURU 89.1FM (Gila Mimbres Community Radio) called "Use Your Words!"

Her poems have been published in Poems 2, a book of art and poetry; in "The Rag," a small poetry collection published in Albuquerque; and in "Sunrise of the Spirit." Her first book of poetry, Another Door Calls, was published in the spring of 2017.

Her new memoir is My Mother and I, We Talk Cat. For more information, visit Stuart's website at elisestuart.com

Saturday, September 30, 3:00-4:00pm, Seedboat Gallery,
Writer's Life:  Three Wise Men in Conversation about the Writing Life

Sunday, October 1, 10:00-11:00am, Seedboat Gallery,
Writing and Filming History for Broad Audiences

Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, an award-winning author, a documentary film writer, and a television personality. He holds the rank of Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico, and has also served as director of the Western History Association, and is a past president of Western Writers of America.

His latest book, The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History was published by Crown, a division of Penguin Random House, in May 2016 with the paperback released by Broadway Books (a Crown imprint) last May. The book received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best nonfiction. Hutton is also the author or editor of Phil Sheridan and His Army, The Custer Reader, Soldiers West, Roundup and Western Heritage. For more, visit  www.unm.edu/~hutton

Saturday, September 30,3:00-4:00pm, Old Elks Lodge,
Narrative Non-Fiction:  Reading and Discussion
from his new Book, All They Will Call You
Sunday, October 1, 1:00-2:00pm, Seedboat Gallery,
Round Table with Writers and the Great Book Giveaway 

Tim Z. Hernandez is a writer and performance artist. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for poetry, the Colorado Book Award for poetry, and the International Latino Book Award for historical fiction. His books and research have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.

Named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, he was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie's song of the same name. The result of this work is the basis for his newly released book, All They Will Call You (Univesrity of Arizona Press).

Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso's Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. For more, visit timzhernandez.com.

2017 SWFWW Festival Schedule and Presenter Bios
The Festival Schedule is now available on our website, www.swwordfiesta.org Join us for three days of hanging out with and listening to over thirty authors who live and work in the Southwest.

With "Word Travels fast" as our theme for 2017, the Festival introduces us to new authors and new ways of writing as well as to many of our favorite writers and genres.

There's "something for everyone" -- sessions discussing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, publishing, and theater that will address both traditional print formats and newer platforms for writing such as E-books, graphic novels, comics, print, self-publishing, and slam poetry. So many ways we now communicate our prose and poetry. A fast moving fall weekend in beautiful, historic Silver City!

You will also find the bios of each presenter on the website. Visit us and see what a dyamic weekend awaits you Friday - Sunday, September 29-October 1.

Reviews of 2017 SWFWW Presenters' Books are on our Blog
We are all busy reading and reviewing as many of the works of our Festival authors as we can. We will be posting these reviews on our blog www.swordfiesta.org/blog. Check it out.

Listen to "Use Your Words: Writers Speak" KURU, 89.1 FM in Southwest NM or streaming at GMCR.org
"Use Your Words: Writers Speak," airs from 4:30-5:00pm on Fridays on KURU, Gila Mimbres Community Radio and streaming at www.gmcr.org

Our Sponsors and Partners

Silver City Town and Garden Club
James Edd Hughs, AAMS®, Edward JONES Investments

Southwest Festival of the Written Word

Take a bite out of downtown Silver City on Labor Day weekend, as chefs serve up their culinary delights! Walk around downtown on Saturday, September 2 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and get delightful tastes from fourteen eateries plus free drinks. This annual event benefits the Silver City MainStreet program.

This year we have fourteen eateries plus free drinks for ticket holders are also included and will be available at the Taste of Downtown headquarters in front of the Market Café. This event was planned in collaboration with the Southwest Print Fiesta. The Print Fiesta is not having food vendors this year, so the Taste of Downtown is a perfect compliment to the Fiesta. Enjoy the Print Fiesta and have a fun lunchtime with great tastes from downtown eateries.

Some of the tastes to be enjoyed are speck and melon, shrimp cocktail, salted caramel brownies, gazpacho, muffins and scones, meatballs, and caramel corn to name a few of the delicious tastes that will be served. Silver City MainStreet is grateful to the participating eateries for their support!

Patrick Hoskins, MainStreet Board President states, "Funds raised by this event go to support MainStreet activities that include beautification projects and programs and projects that encourage residents and tourists to visit downtown Silver City. A favorite event is the Lighted Christmas Parade that is produced by Silver City MainStreet."

Tickets for the Taste of Downtown can be purchased at The Place at 201 N. Bullard St, the Visitor Center on Hudson Street or online at www.silvercitymainstreet.com. Tickets are $20 each.

Single Socks generously donated a picnic basket full of delights and a gift certificate for a benefit drawing to be held during the Taste of Downtown. The picnic basket will be available for the drawing at the Taste of Downtown headquarters located in front of the Market Café, 614 N. Bullard. Drawing tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.

The mission of Silver City MainStreet is "To encourage a vibrant, historic downtown Silver City which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community." Please visit our website, www.silvercitymainstreet.com to learn more.

Grant County Friends of NRA to hold banquet to raise funds for Grant County 4-H Shooting Program. The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Cliff, NM.

Support 4-H and buy your tickets here. Please purchase by 5 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 25, to ensure enough food.

talent show

Courtesy of WNMU.edu webstie

daves dream rsSilver City, NM – The iconic cars of the mid 20th century beloved by the Hispanic-American community will be featured in an upcoming New Mexico History Museum photo exhibition at Western New Mexico University.

An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Frances McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Silver City, NM – Western New Mexico University alumni will be teeing up for the sixth consecutive golf tournament, hoping to raise thousands of dollars for student scholarships.

The sixth annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, October 14. More than 80 golfers participated in 2016 and more than $87,000 has been raised in the previous five events.

Monies raised benefit student scholarships, assisting students with campus jobs, and the general scholarship fund.

Interested golfers can register for $125 individually or as a foursome at $400. Fees include greens, tee prize, golf car, range balls, refreshments, complimentary breakfast, and attendance to the awards luncheon hosted by Kevin McGrath's Burger Time.

Area businesses can support the event through a tee-sign sponsorship ranging from $60 to $75, in kind donations or raffle items.

Shotgun start time is 8:30 a.m. at the University Course at Scott Park. To register for the event, or to sponsor a tee sign, contact 575-538-6675 or visit alumni.wnmu.edu.

Southwest Print Fiesta Brings You the "Artist Proof" Exhibition Opening, Welcome Reception and Day of the Dead Steamroller Street Printing Activity on Friday, September 1, 2017!

Come join the Mimbres Region Arts Council in welcoming the amazing works of art from artists from all over the Southwestern region! The "Artist Proof" Exhibition will be organized by Kevin Lenkner, Executive Director, of the Mimbres Region Arts Council.

This newsletter has additional presenter information and schedules.

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Upcoming Events

Mon Oct 23 @12:00AM
Now Showing at the Silco Theatre - Silco Theatre
Mon Oct 23 @12:05PM - 01:00PM
New Hope Al-Anon Family Group - First Presbyterian Church
Mon Oct 23 @12:15PM - 12:45PM
Laughter Club - Gough Park
Mon Oct 23 @ 7:00PM -
Open Mic Night With Matt Cotton - Buckhorn Saloon
Tue Oct 24 @12:00AM
Lighted Christmas Parade Applications Being Accepted - Silver City, New Mexico
Tue Oct 24 @12:00AM
Now Showing at the Silco Theatre - Silco Theatre
Tue Oct 24 @ 9:00AM -
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance - WNMU Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporarly Art
Tue Oct 24 @ 4:00PM - 06:00PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Open House and Ribbon Cutting - Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Office
Tue Oct 24 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
WNMU School of Education Declare Your Major Night - WNMU Intramural Gym
Tue Oct 24 @ 5:30PM -
Weight Watchers - First Presbyterian Church