Archive for the ‘Literary Events’ Category


Dana Levin on Sky Burial

March 10, 2011

Dana Levin’s book of poetry, Sky Burial has just been released and is available in all the usual places.

If you don’t know Dana, she is currently the Joseph M. Russo endowed chair here at UNM–  at least until the end of this semester.  She’s been a tremendous asset to our Department, and will be missed, but fortunately she’ll not be far, she’ll be heading up the Creative Writing Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (nee College of Santa Fe).

But what I really want to talk about is Dana’s work.  Recently published, Sky Burial (Copper Canyon Press, $15) has been getting fantastic reviews. And though I’ve not yet read it, I have heard her read from this manuscript, and I’ll just say that her poetry resonates with me.

Here’s a great article from the Santa Fe Reporter, an interview with Dana, talking about her work:  “SFR Talk: Musings with Dana Levin” by Ramon A Lovato.

And a nice review from Publishers Weekly, calling Levin’s third collection “aching but restrained.”  More good review coming, I’m sure.

AND if you’re in Albuquerque on March 27, and looking for something to do around 3pm, get thee to Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Dana will be giving a reading, Bookworks will be selling books…  you can get a coffee or tea next door…



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.


Upcoming Literary Events

January 28, 2011

Thought I’d share my Google Calendar with you….  but discovered I can’t embed javascript in here.

Anyway, here’s the link:

Also, I set up a PAGE on this very site


Triptych: Richard Vargas, Lauren Camp and Gary Jackson

October 18, 2010

Triptych, a Local Poets Guild event celebrating three significant literary voices

Richard Vargas, Lauren Camp, and Gary Jackson!!!

3pm on Saturday afternoon October 30th
at the Kosmos
1715-5th St NW

Suggested donation $5
Hosted by Lisa Gill
Richard Vargas is the author of McLife and American Jesus and about to defend his dissertation for the MFA in November.

Lauren Camp is a Santa Fe poet who has just released her first book This Business of Wisdom with West End Press.

Gary Jackson (UNM graduate) won the Cave Canem Prize and his new book Missing You, Metropolis is hot off the press!
It’s going to be a spectacular afternoon–a rare treat–and I hope you can attend.