Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tracy Bowling, Mike Meginnis and Carrie Murphy all have work in the inaugural issue of Bluestem magazine (formerly Karamu).
Mike also has poems in the new issue of >kill author.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Charles Bowden was our featured reader this year. He read from his recent book about Cuidad Juarez, Murder City, as well as from his other work pertaining to the US-Mexico border. The benefit also featured live music, a mini-carnival, and a silent auction. Thanks to everyone who helped with the Hunger Benefit this year, including creative writing students, faculty members, volunteers and attendees.
All photos courtesy of fiction student Josh Bowen.
|Crockpots full of chili waiting to be tasted|
|Students socializing before the reading|
|MFA students Peter Brooks and Megan Wong hard at work on the Minute Made Poetry booth, while Rob Houghton takes charge of the Trivia booth|
|Bobby Byrd introduces Charles Bowden|
|Charles Bowden, our featured reader|
If you'd like to see more photographs or get more information about La Sociedad Para Las Artes and the Nelson/Boswell reading series at NMSU, visit our Facebook page.
Monday, November 22, 2010
You can purchase Dorine's first book of poetry, Urchin To Follow, here.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
During his time, Peter has been a part of the Borderlands Writing Project and NMSU Teaching Academy. Both experiences have helped him on his career to be a college instructor and provided ideas for the courses he’s taught. Along with two of his colleagues, Daniel (MFA Fiction) and Meg (PhD RPC), Peter is tri-editor of The FUN Journal, an online journal dedicated to the fun of craft and writing. Many contributors to The FUN Journal have also been Las Cruces community members he’s read with at Open Mics and Poetry Events. In his last year Peter continues to host POPS/MOPS with another colleague, Melanie (MFA Fiction), works with Puerto del Sol as an associate editor, and serves as the Online Writing Center Coordinator.
Before all this writing craziness Peter was a full-time RHD at Arizona State, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The past year Peter has still been involved in housing speaking at the Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association 2010 Conference and the University of Wisconsin Community Colleges Leadership Conference. While he does not miss 3am phone calls about students vomiting all over themselves, he does appreciate the value of cultivating living learning communities.
Peter draws his influence from poets interested in city writing and the social/cultural life within those places. Langston Hughes, Martin Espada, Walt Whitman, Mina Loy, and Pablo Neruda have been some of his influences. Peter has been a three year contributor to the Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar published by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and recently received 3rd place in OnMilwaukee.com’s poetry contest. During the few free minutes he has, he enjoys Scrabble, long walks around Las Cruces, and team trivia.
Peter will have his public reading on April 15th with Rachel Levitsky.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
by Peter Brooks, 3rd year Poetry MFA
The NMSU Borderlands Writing Project (BWP) is a part of the National Writing Project. Meant to provide a communal forum to discuss, research, present, write, and share with teachers and students alike, BWP is a great experience for an MFA student. Last summer I was fortunate enough to have taken the 6 credit summer session and found the benefits bountiful as a writer and student. BWP’s curriculum covers all aspects of English; Rhetoric, Literature, and Creative Writing.
We started out each day by having a free writing session, followed by voluntary sharing. Those morning warm-ups were a great way to get your brain working and allowed some opportunity to either reflect or write creatively. The daily reading and research not only provided me with a broad basis of cultural literacy and pedagogical techniques, but I was able to understand my own MFA thesis’ direction better. I am now able to articulate the approaches I’m using on a rhetorical and academic level, in addition to craft. Most importantly, BWP is a great way to build community. The different perspectives from teachers, instructors, and even non-academic professionals truly helps expand our MFA world. Even if you do not have the intention toward a teaching career, BWP creates relationships that allow you to share your future writing.
|Summer 2010 BWP participants|
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
|Robert at his public reading, 9/10/10|
Robert is currently an intern for Professor Richard Greenfield's small press, Apostrophe Books. He finds working with a small press incredibly helpful as a writer. Robert says of the experience, “every time I work on something for the press I feel like I'm doing something to make me a better writer and poet.” He is working on typesetting the new book and getting ready to help promote it as well. He is also currently a poetry editor for Puerto del Sol. He loves his co-workers at PDS and thinks they are the reason PDS is so cool.
His thesis, tentatively titled I Versus You (There Is No ‘I’ In Mouth, s-k-I-n, and Skin & Mouth Disease are also being considered (he needs help)), is a series of poems that explore gender and identity through the deconstruction of relationships. Some of his older poems can be found online, though most of those won't be in his thesis. Works from I Versus You can be found at Strange-Machine.com and others are forthcoming in the October issue of PANK, and the next issue of M Review, both online literary journals.
His interests outside of poetry include food, cooking, biking, traveling, commercials, body art/modification and fashion. After he graduates, he hopes to attend a Phd program in creative writing or move to Detroit to teach high school/plant a garden.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Carmen is also on the Outreach Committee for VIDA, a great new organization. Head on over to their site and check out the panel, as well as the other important work VIDA is doing in the literary world.
On a related note, MFA Poetry 09' grad Kara Dorris has just started a new poetry journal, Lingerpost. Submissions are open until November, so read the submission guidelines and send your poems!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Joshua Marie Wilkinson will be reading on Tuesday, October 19, 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Sciences Annex Auditorium (lower level)--the new building adjacent to the English Building.
Poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, will be accompanied by Solan Jensen playing banjo. He is the author of five books, most recently Selenography. He has also edited two anthologies for University of Iowa Press, including Poets on Teaching. A tour documentary about the band Califone, entitled Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, is also forthcoming. He teaches at Loyola University in Chicago.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Originally from the three-stoplight town of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Elizabeth Brasher is currently completing her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at NMSU, where she teaches composition and creative writing and works as an associate editor for the literary journal, Puerto del Sol. Elizabeth is an assistant editor for Bone Bouquet, an online journal of women’s poetry, and she writes for Feminist Review. She is also a volunteer with Women for Afghan Women. She holds an MA in literature and a BA in English, and lives in Las Cruces with her husband and daughter.
Her work, mostly poetry and essay, focuses on the intersections between Women as a construct and women in the everyday domestic and work environments. Her work has not made an appearance in any literary journals, but she remains slightly optimistic about the possibility. She would like to teach creative writing at a college or university after she graduates.
Elizabeth will have her public reading on October 22nd with poet Cynthia Hogue, as part of the La Sociedad Para Las Artes Nelson/Boswell Reading Series
Sunday, October 10, 2010
If you'd like to read some excerpts from past issues of the journal, check out the archive.
Friday, October 8, 2010
We're currently gearing up for this year's Hunger Benefit, scheduled for November 12th. The featured reader will be nonfiction writer Charles Bowden, who most recently published a book about Cuidad Juarez, Murder City. NMSU librarian Molly Molloy was instrumental in the research for the book, which details the growing crisis in Juarez, which borders El Paso (about 50 minutes away from Las Cruces). Both Bowden and Molloy visited Rus Bradburd's Monday night nonfiction workshop this semester to discuss the book. The Hunger Benefit should be a great event: a great reader and a good cause. We'll also have carnival games, a chili cook-off, live music, and a silent auction.
If you'd like more information (not to mention pictures!) about the Hunger Benefit or La Sociedad, please visit our Facebook page.
Monday, October 4, 2010
MFA Fiction 04' Albert Martinez has an awesome website, Lively Words, where he features video footage of writers reading their work. Several people associated with the MFA program at New Mexico State have participated in his project, including former professors Antonya Nelson and Robert Boswell, current professor Connie Voisine and graduates Tim Staley and Dorine Jennette.
MFA Fiction 05' graduate Jacquie Fuller also has a website project, How I Found You. How I Found You "wants to know how you found someone, or something, significant in your life. How you found them for the first time, how you found them again. How they changed you forever." (from the website) Like Lively Words, you can find several submissions from people associated with the program, including former professors Kevin McIlvoy and Sheila Black.
Voices Behind Walls is a creative writing workshop program started by MFA Poetry 08' alum Lee Rhyanes. The program takes place in juvenile detention centers in the Southwest and encourages juvenile offenders to express themselves through poetry. Read the interesting story of how the workshop developed on the website and sign up for the newsletter. Lee, along with NMSU Literature graduate Justin DeSenso, was also instrumental in helping to create "Hip-Hop Stacks," a catalog of hip-hop literature, music, art and scholarship now located at the Branson Library on the New Mexico State University campus.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Josh Wheeler, MFA Poetry '10, has a piece,
Friday, September 17, 2010
Our first reading of the year was on August 27th at the Black Box Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. First and second year MFA students read their work.
|Lisa Nohner, fiction|
|Floydd Elliot, poetry|
|Chris Schacht, fiction|
|Jeanine Deibel, poetry|
On September 10th, Carmen Gimenez Smith read with graduating poet Robert Alan Wendeborn. Doesn't he look happy?
The reading was featured in an article by NMSU's campus newspaper, The Round-Up. Read it here.
Our next reading is this coming Friday, September 24th. We're hosting poet Rodrigo Toscano, who will read with our own Robert Rome.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Our new undergraduate magazine will have its launch. Finally the Din is yours!
All are welcome and there will be snacks.
Come see our new, fabulously designed and edited journal featuring poems, stories, artwork and video by NMSU undergraduates and Las Cruces artists.
This semester Apostrophe Books has made several important strides forward that would not have happened if not for the help we received from Robbie and Anna. Five months ago, Apostrophe Books did not have a Facebook page, had not yet incorporated as a Limited Partnership in the state of New Mexico, did not have an Employer Identification Number, did not have a business license, did not have a checking account, and had not yet implemented a new submission policy (starting this week!). Now we have all of this set up. Anna and Robbie each played contributing roles in making these improvements possible. In addition, both contributed to the reading and editing of our next title, and Robbie worked at the AWP bookfair table selling books and took promotional pictures of our massively successful reading event at the Plus Gallery in Denver, Colorado.
Thanks again Robbie and Anna!
And during the summer, Apostrophe Books is looking for a temporary intern to replace Anna until she returns in the fall. If you are interested, write to Richard Greenfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Noemi Books is also looking for an intern for the summer. If you are interested, contact Carmen Smith at email@example.com.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
12:00 Ashly Bender
12:15 Scott Anderson
12:30 Patti Wojahn
12:45 Carrie Murphy
1:00 Ryan Orr
2:00 Rebecca Powell
2:15 Carl Wilhoyte
2:30 Austin Tremblay
3:00 Nancy Hastings Critique Group
4:00 Ashly Bender
4:15 Abbie McCracken
4:30 Mike Meginnis
4:45 Tracy Meginnis
5:00 Floydd Elliott
5:30 Peter Brooks
6:00 Patrick Lee Clark
6:15 Elizabeth Brasher
6:30 Erin Reardon
6:45 Neal Adelman
7:00 Allison Layfield
7:30 Marc Scott
8:00 Jen Bracken Scott
8:30 Robbie Wendeborn
8:45 Richard Greenfield
9:00 Josh Young
9:15 Melanie Bowen
9:30 Josh Bowen
9:45 Ramona Reeves
10:00 Gina Colantino
10:15 Seth Wells
10:30 Debbi LaPorte’s Engl 308
11:30 Adam Crittenden
11:45 Erin Reardon
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Krystal Languell is reading in the Dusie/Pussipo/Stonecoast off-site reading.
Many folks, I imagine, will be working the Puerto table.
Megan Wong and Carrie Murphy will be working at the Omnidawn Press
table. Robbie Wendeborn will be working at the Apostrophe books table.
Graduate students will also be presenting pedagogy papers at the AWP
conference in Denver: Tracy Meginnis, Mike Meginnis, Erin Reardon,
David Roe, Krystal Languell, Robbie Wendeborn, Patrick
Clark, and Jeff Pickell. Tracy and Mike also had their papers included
in the Best 20 collection for the year and will help facilitate the
Richard Greenfield's Apostrophe Books will be hosting an offsite
reading at AWP. He also will be giving an offsite reading with
Omnidawn and Ahsahta Press.
Robin Romm will be on two panels: "Chaos vs. Conflict: Workshopping
the Violent Story" and another pedagogy panel, "Streetsmarts."
Connie Voisine will be reading from her new work at the conference.
Don Waters is reading his story that's included in the most recent
'Best of the West' anthology.
Recent MFA grad Stephen Webber will have a booth at the bookfair for
his new online journal Di Mezzo Il Mare.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Allison Layfield (3rd year Poetry) and two recent grads in fiction, Dana Kroos and Jeff Frawley have all made it through the US's portion of the Fullbright Fellowship Competition. Their applications will next be screened in Germany, Canada, and Hungary. We wish them more luck!
Friday, January 29, 2010
n. The new undergraduate online literary magazine at NMSU
n. A loud noise, a commotion
n. Confused clamor or uproar
v. To assail with loud, continued noise; to impress by persistent repetition
Din, NMSU’s new online literary magazine, is now accepting submissions.
We will accept multiple submissions from authors, but only one submission per author per mode. Modes included are visual art, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, podcast, and video. Maximum submission length is 5 pages/5 poems, 4,000-5,000 words for prose and links to multimedia works (preferably 10 min. or less).
Submissions will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31, 2010. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.