Archive for the ‘Works in Progress’ Category


October 23 Works in Progress

October 21, 2009

–posted by Jennifer

On Friday October 23, 2009 the 2nd of this semester’s WORKS IN PROGRESS readings, sponsored by the Creative Writing Department at UNM will be held.

Readers include:

Poet Erika Sanchez, who says, “Sometimes images seem to haunt me until I am compelled to write a poem around them; other times I do everything I can to “break my eye open” ….To break your eye open is exactly what it sounds like— to see the world in a new way, to make unusual associations.”

Part Time UNM Instructor Debra Goldberg who writes magical realism
fiction.  She has been published in literary magazines such as Inkwell
and Teferet.  Before teaching writing at NYU, Rutgers, UNM, FIT, and
Yeshiva University, she produced television shows for more than twenty
years. She is currently working on a novel and a completing a
collection of short stories.

and Me! Jennifer Simpson….   I write very creative, mostly non-fiction. In other words, I write stuff about my life and try to make it interesting.  I may read  a little poetry (it’s what I do when I’m avoiding homework).

Where?  RB Winnings Coffee at 7-8pm on Harvard 1/2 block south of
Central (right by UNM)


First Works in Progress for Fall 2009

September 15, 2009

The Works in Progress event, a reading of, well, works in progress of the students in the MFA / Creative Writing program alongside faculty, begins THIS FRIDAY, September 18 at 7pm at Winnings Coffee on Harvard just south of Central.

Come early to get a coffee or snack, and a good seat– the place fills up!

Featured readers for September 18th include:

Molly Beer’s writing on culture and culture clash has appeared in several magazines and journals, including Nimrod International, Calyx, Sycamore Review, Contemporary Verse 2, and Blue Mesa Review. Her essay “As You Set Out for Ithaka” was listed as Notable by Best American Travel Writing 2006. She is the co-author, with David Dunaway, of Singing Out: An Oral History of America’s Folk Music Revivals, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in March 2010. Her current works-in-progress include a memoir about living in El Salvador and an oral history about New Mexico’s 1979 Church Rock uranium spill, the largest nuclear accident in the world after Chernobyl.

Dana Levin’s first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was awarded the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including POETRY and The Paris Review. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, Levin’s most recent book is Wedding Day (Copper Canyon Press).

….bio forthcoming….

David Rubalcava Talamantes relocated to Albuquerque to attend the MFA Program in fiction at UNM. He has poetry published in the Normal Heart and the Rio Grande Review and erotic fiction published in several glossy porno mags. He lives with Lola, a feline diva who has sworn murder upon him one day. David has been slinging coffee for years, writing his shrinking heart out, and attempting to become a semi-optimist by figuring life out, halting his mutant Pisces-power of human manipulation and finally, finding a good man to love. He plans to live in Spain one day.


SAVE THE DATE(S): Works In Progress Readings

August 29, 2009

Each semester, the Creative Writing Program hosts Works In Progress readings featuring faculty and MFA students.

These readings will take place at at 7pm at R.B. Winnings Coffeehouse, on Harvard just south of Central

  • September 18th
  • October 23rd
  • November 13th

Details forthcoming, but DO schedule these events into your calendar…


Fall GAships Announced

April 22, 2009

Creative Writing Program Director Julie Shigekuni writes in:

On behalf of the creative writing faculty, I want to thank everyone who applied for a creative writing program GAship and to announce awards as follows:

Works-in-Progress: Linda Rickert

Blue Mesa Review:
Sam Tetangco, Editor
Melanie Unruh, Associate Editor (f09)
Dan Darling, Associate Editor (sp10)

Program Director’s assistant: Erika Sanchez (f09); Nari Kirk (sp10)

Taos assistant: Jennifer Simpson

In addition, I’m pleased to announce a special award this year to be given to Lisa Gill in recognition of her extraordinary achievements and contribution to the creative writing program via publishing, the organization of events, and mentoring of students. I think we all appreciate Lisa’s talents and efforts. Please join me in congratulating Lisa on receiving this award.

And to everyone who has received a GAship, congratulations!



April 17: Friday Fun

April 16, 2009

LOTS of events to choose from this Friday, April 17

7 pm WORKS IN PROGRESS at RB Winnings
Featuring Valerie Santillanes, Marisa P. Clark and Julie Mars

6:30 pm WEST END NEW SERIES LAUNCH at The Harwood Art Center a reading in celebration of the launch of the New Series, a poetry venture devoted to emerging writers, West End Press will host a reading Friday, April 17, at 6:30 PM at the Harwood Art Center. Poets reading include Jason Yurcic, Marianne Broyles, Sy Hoahwah, and Jenifer Rae Vernon.

Following the reading will be a discussion of poetry’s cultural
influence in recovering meaning in hard economic times. Books will be
available for purchase and signing. While a $5 donation is suggested,
no one will be turned away for lack of money. The Harwood Art Center is located at 1114 7th St NW, in Albuquerque. For more information, please contact Amanda Sutton, Publicity for West End Press, at or 505-400-3898.

and last, but NOT AT ALL least…

6-9 pm La Tierra y El Aqua at the South Valley Economic Development Center
Arts of Aztlán presents “La Tierra y El Agua,” an art show celebrating community and our connection to the land, to benefit Connecting Community Voices, a non-profit dedicated to building positive social change through creative community expression. Join us for art, poetry, music, food and community on Friday, 6-9 at the South Valley Economic Development Center, on Isleta, south of Bridge, right next to the Blake’s.

Featured literary readers include UNM’s own  Tanaya Winder (MFA/poetry) and Michelle Otero (visiting creative non-fiction professor and author of Malinche’s Daughter)


March 27 Works in Progress

April 5, 2009

The March  Works in Progress event, another success, was held at RB Winnings–  a popular cafe near campus. Thanks to these three for rockin’ it:

Dan Darling (MFA candidate Fiction)*

Nari Kirk (MFA candidate Creative Non-Fiction)*

Jack Trujillo (Faculty. Fiction)*


*Intros by Chris Boat (MFA candidate Fiction / GA for Works in Progress)


February 27 Works in Progress

April 5, 2009

I’ve finally gotten to the editing portion of the February Works in Progress event. It was held at RB Winnings–  a popular cafe near campus. The writers played to a packed house:

Chris Boat: Intro

Lucy Dupertuis  (MFA candidate Creative Non-Fiction)
Lisa Gill (MFA candidate Creative Non-Fiction AND Poetry)

Nikki Louis (Faculty. Fiction)
Apologies to Nikki– hopefully at some point I’ll be more proficient with the audio technology, I did pretty well this time around, with the exception of the reading by Nikki Louis. Unfortunately the microphone was inadvertently turned off, then on again, then off…  and by the time I figured out what happened, the reading was over.  I’m including what I have here, however, so you can get a taste of Nikki’s wonderful prose.  

Next month I’ll get it right for sure!