Southwest Word Fiesta, originally known as the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, was founded in 2010 to celebrate authors who live and work in the Southwest. We invite writers of all genres from New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas to entertain and educate us. The festival takes place every other year and attracts over 800 visitors. All sessions are free and open to the public.
In the interim between festivals, we run ongoing projects such as writers’ workshops, school visits, the Poet Laureate Program, an open mic called Word Feast, book launches, and other readings. One highlight was our organization and sponsorship of the visit to Silver City in 2016 of the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. Participating authors have included several other internationally-known figures such as Mark Medoff, Ana Castillo and the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti.
Mission Statement: To celebrate the power and beauty of the written word, bringing together those who create with those who appreciate, with special emphasis on fostering community involvement.
Watch & listen to a 50-second song about us by Kat Sherrell!
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