El Arte de la Palabra Reading: The Corazón Collective

6:00 pm: Reception & Book-signing 6:30 pm: Readings begin Join us for a reading and book-signing event featuring members of the Corazón Collective! The Corazón Collective is a collective of female and nonbinary writers, poets, and educators from Texas and California who will be offering workshops and readings in El Paso and New Mexico this June. This event is part of the NHCC’s El Arte de la Palabra program. Free Community Event. Please register below or call the NHCC Welcome Center at 505-724-4771 for assistance. This program (more…)

Dr. Carmen Tafolla: Book Reading and Signing

6:00 pm Reception 7:00 pm Book Reading and Signing Don’t miss the third event in NHCC’s ESCRIBIR | ESCUCHAR: NHCC’s Hispanic and Latine Writer Series, featuring author Dr. Carmen Tafolla. Dr. Tafolla has written more than 30 books, and was named the state Poet Laureate of Texas in 2015. She currently serves as the President of the Texas Institute of Letters and has received numerous distinctions, including the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010; first Poet Laureate of the City of (more…)

Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Mona at Sea

6 pm (MST) Live Via Zoom. Register HERE Mona is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona’s the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic’s eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife’s edge as she faces down unemployment, (more…)

Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Jessica Helen Lopez, The Blood Poems

3 pm (MST) Live Via Zoom. Register HERE The Blood Poems is one part bloodletting, one part healing, and one part sensuous celebration as Jessica Helen Lopez lays out what it means to be a strong brown woman, a single mother, and the kickass bard that the twenty-first century needs. Lopez openly faces a damaging childhood, sex, divorce, and racial injustice in these poems. She proves that love is as complicated as lovemaking — messy and lusty, raucous and powerful, capable of amazing highs and abysmal lows. (more…)

Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Stephen Graham Jones, Memorial Ride

6 pm (MST) Live Via Zoom. Register HERE Memorial Ride is a high-speed, ragtag chase across the American Southwest. Cooper Town, an American Indian soldier, has returned from the Middle East to attend hi father’s funeral, make some quick cash off his father’s old Harley, and spend a whirlwind weekend with his girlfriend, Sheri Mun. However, when Coop runs afoul of the violent John Wayne gang, he and Sheri Mun have no choice but to twist the throttle back on that storied chopper and make tracks. In (more…)

Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Hakim Bellamy, Commissions y Corridos

6 pm (MST) Live Via Zoom. Register HERE Hakim Bellamy’s latest collection rings with the same power and grace as the people he lauds within its pages, including Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King Jr. He celebrates Albuquerque and New Mexico, taking the good with the bad, and reminds Bur-queños that any day when you wake up along the Río Grande is a good day. As Bellamy celebrates the power of creativity and community within the city and the nation, he also demands that we face our society’s faults, (more…)

Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque: UnRaveling: Pancho Villa and Sam Ravel: An Encounter During the Infamous 1916 Raid on Columbus

2 pm (MST) Live Via Zoom Register in advance HERE For more than a century scholars have debated why Pancho Villa attacked the border town of Columbus, New Mexico on March 9, 1916—a deadly incursion and the only time in the 20th century that a major foreign army invaded the continental United States. For Stacey Ravel Abarbanel, the battle is the context for a family tale so spectacular that she always wondered if it was true: when Villa raided the village he was looking to kill her (more…)

Virtual Reading and Discussion: Michael Tapia, Gangs of the El Paso–Juárez Borderland: A History

6 pm Bookworks Virtual on Zoom: RSVP for this online event: Presented by Bookworks, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the University of New Mexico Press, this thought-provoking book by Dr. Mike Tapia examines gang history in the region encompassing west Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. Known as the El Paso–Juárez borderland region, the area, spanning 130 miles from east to west, contains more than three million people. From the badlands—the historically notorious eastern Valle de Juárez—to the Puerto Palomas port of entry (more…)

Book Reading and Signing, Sergio Troncoso, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son

POSTPONED. Check back for new date and time. Free and open to the public. How does a Mexican-American, the son of immigrants, a child of the border, la frontera, leave home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, (more…)

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