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Gary Jackson Reading: Wed. March 9

March 3, 2011

Missing You Metropolis, by Gary Jackson

Mark your calendars, and plan a trip to UNM’s Student Union Building for Gary Jackson’s reading…

If you don’t know who Gary is, you should:

UNM MFA Grad 2008

Author, Missing You Metropolis, a collection of poetry

Winner 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Wednesday, March 9

7 pm

UNM Student Union Building

Sandia Room


Annie Proulx at UNM (Feb. 7, 2011)

February 3, 2011

Another cooperative event with Bookworks, one of Albuquerque’s favorite independent bookstores:

Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Brokeback Mountain” portrays her flawed paradise in the majestic, hardscrabble West in the vibrant memoirBird Cloud (Scribner, $26.00). This is part of the new ABQ literary lecture series Readings on the Rio Grande, presented by Bookworks and ABC libraries.

Monday, February 7, 7pm

Woodward Hall (on UNM’s main campus)

Free and open to the public

Proulx meshes her story with natural history and the history of Wyoming, a tale of exploitation; horrendous crimes against Native Americans; and the mad massacring of eagles, elks, bison, and wolves. Partenvironmental history, part meditation on the importance of home, and part glimpse into a writer’s process, this is a rare, remarkable foray into nonfiction by an award-winning Western writer.

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range.Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She now lives in Albuquerque, NM


Louise Gluck Reading

February 3, 2011

Prize winning author Louise Gluck will be reading at UNM’s Domenici Auditorium (north campus):

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm


Gluck is considered by many to be one of  America’s most talented poets.  Just a few of her accomplishments:

  • Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
  • PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • Bollingen Prize
  • Lannan Literary Award for Poetry
  • Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize
  • MIT Anniversary Medal
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Wallace Stevens Award

Read more about Louise Gluck over at the Poetry Foundation

With creds like that…  and a host of published books of poetry, this should be a stellar reading.


Fall 2010 Best Student Essays Reception

February 3, 2011

Join the staff and featured authors and photographers from the Best Student Essays of Fall 2010:

Friday evening, February 4, from 6PM to 8PM
in the Willard Reading Room on the west wing of Zimmerman Library. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

Come celebrate the best writing at UNM! The latest issue of Best Student Essays features topics never before featured in the magazine, including archaeology research on Mayan dental remains, conducted in
Belize, and veteran suicides in New Mexico.


Good News in Creative Nonfiction

October 20, 2010

UNM Alumni Paul Bogard’s essay “The Path and the Pull of the Moon,” which appeared in Creative Nonfiction #36, was selected by editor Robert Atwan as one of the Notable Essays of 2009 in the just published Best American Essays 2010.

UNM Alumni Molly Beer was recently selected from over 700 applicants to be one of 10 Correspondents in Fall 2010 for National Geographic’s Glimpse: Your Stories From Abroad.  (

UNM Alumni Melody Gee’s essay “Jack’s Kitchen” has just appeared in the October 2010 issue of Copper Nickel.  (

UNM Alumni Chris Wrenn’s essay “Breaking Line” was published in the most recent North Carolina Literary Review, issue 19, 2010.  (

UNM Alumni Laura Matter’s essay “Franz Schubert Dreamt of Indians” was published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Georgia  Review.

Congrats Paul, Molly, Melody, Laura & Chris

UNM’s Creative Nonfiction MFA concentration was ranked #14 in the nation for 2011 in the September/October 2010 issue of Poet’s and Writer’s Magazine.  (


Poetry Faculty Lisa Chavez reads with Joanne Dwyer at Collected Works in Santa Fe

October 7, 2010

MUSE TIMES TWO presents!
Thursday, Oct. 14, 6pm

Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo Street

Joanne Dwyer and Lisa Chavez

Joanne D. Dwyer
Joanne Dominique Dwyer has lived in New Mexico since 1980. She attended the College of Santa Fe, studying with Dana Levin, Greg Glazner, Mark Behr and Matt Donovan. She earned a degree there in Creative Writing in 2005. In 2009 Dwyer completed an MFA with the Warren Wilson Program for writers. A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award for emerging women writers, she has been published in The American Poetry Review, Conduit, FIELD, The Massachusetts Review, The New England Review, Tri-Quarterly and elsewhere.

Lisa D. Chavez
is a poet and memoirist. She has published two books of poetry: Destruction Bay and In an Angry Season, and has been included in such anthologies as Floricanto Si! A Collection of Latina Poetry , The Floating Borderlands: 25 Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature, and American Poetry: The Next Generation . Her creative nonfiction has been published in Fourth Genre, The Clackamas Literary Review and other places. She lives in the mountains in New Mexico with her husband and three dogs.


Congratulations to Molly Beer

May 10, 2010

First off, just a couple weeks ago Molly Beer defended her dissertation, Unstable Ground, a collection of essays (most of which have been published in some form somewhere) — and passed with honors.

Second, Singing Out: an Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals was released by Oxford University Press.

From the publisher:  “Culled from  more than 150 interviews, this book and the story it tells spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of the folk revival movement….”

Get the inside scoop on what it was like for Molly to work with UNM Professor David King Dunaway