La Sociedad Para Las Artes is the creative writing graduate student organization here at NMSU. We coordinate WITS (Writers In The Schools), the Nelson/Boswell reading series (visiting writers reading on campus, for free) and the annual Hunger Benefit, a reading event that raises money for Casa de Los Peregrinos, a food bank here in Las Cruces.
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.