VOCES Summer Writing Institute for Teens

9:30 am – 4 pm (MST)
Weekdays, Monday – Friday

Registration link coming soon.

Limited to 15 teens
(Apply early to get in! First come, first served)

Voces is a FREE, month-long writing institute for high school writers. Teens (rising 9th graders through graduating seniors) are inspired to write prose, poetry and monologues through a wide range of experiential activities. The program culminates with chapbooks and a public reading/performance. This free institute is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teens to experience the equivalent of a writing intensive, with guest writers and artists and a wide range of field trips that inspire writing, at no cost.

Free community event

NHCC Book Club: Children of the Land: A Memoir—Marcelo Hernandez-Castillo

5:30 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom
To join, contact cassandra.osterloh@state.nm.us

“Honest and unsparing, this book offers a detailed look at the dehumanizing immigration system that shattered the author’s family while offering a glimpse into his own deeply conflicted sense of what it means to live the so-called American dream. A heartfelt and haunting memoir just right for the current political and social climate.” -Kirkus Reviews.

Free community event

Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Richard Flint & Shirley Cushing Flint, Overhaul

1 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

In Overhaul, A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops, historians Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint present the largely forgotten story of Albuquerque’s locomotive repair shops, the driving force behind the city’s economy for more than seventy years. In the course of their study they also document the thousands of skilled workers who kept the locomotives in operation, many of whom were part of the growing Hispano and Native American middle class.

Free community event

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Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque: Roosevelt’s New Deal in New Mexico

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

The lecture will explore the effect of the Work Progress Administration on New Mexico, specifically focusing on the programs and social impact in and around Santa Fe.

Jana Gottshalk is the Assistant Curator at the New Mexico Museum of Art, specializing in modern and contemporary. Jana has worked at such institution as Las Golondrinas, The Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Free community Event

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Money for Writers Workshop: Grant Writing for Latinx Writers

11 am (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

Tips from Successful Grantees

This workshop features three Latinx writers who were awarded literary grants. What does a successful literary grant application look like? Our presenters will share sections of their successful grant applications and talk about how strategies for writing compelling grant applications. There will be time for Q & A at the end of this hour and a half session. This workshop is a response to the requests for grant writing workshops expressed by Latinx writers at the National Latinx Writers Gathering in October of 2020. Presenters TBA.

Workshop fee: $20.

Perspectivas Modernas: Seeking Refuge: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Latin American Asylum Cases

6 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

As the scale and severity of violence in Latin America, and Central America in particular, has grown in the last decade, scholars, as expert witnesses, have supported women and LGBTQ persons who have experienced gender-based, sexual, and gang violence in their home countries. This presentation offers a description of the asylum system and the role of expert witnesses, focusing on the specific challenges faced by women and LGBTQ persons seeking refuge in the U.S.

Free and open to the public

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Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Craig Harris, Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music, Max Baca

3 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

Max Baca’s music grew out of the harsh life of the borderland, and the duality of borderland music—its keening beauty—remains a recurring theme in everything he does. Craig Harris and Baca have collaborated on this book which tells the story of Max Baca’s extraordinary career.

Free community event

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Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque: The Pen and The Sword: Literary Works of Colonial New Mexico

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom, Register HERE

Join State Historian Rob Martínez as he explores New Mexico’s early literary tradition with influences from epic poems of the ancient Mediterranean, colonial Mexico, and the mystic poetic traditions of San Juan de la Cruz and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. The talk will take you on a journey showing how these different styles are manifested in the works of authors like Villagrá, Benavides, Sigüenza y Góngora, and Quintana.

Free community event

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NHCC Book Club: Everyone Knows You Go Home—Natalia Sylvester

5:30 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom
To join, contact cassandra.osterloh@state.nm.us

Winner of an  International Latino Book Award. “The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the old man had died. Omar asks Isabel for the impossible: persuade Omar’s family—especially his wife, Elda—to let him redeem himself.” – Goodreads.

Free community event

NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am-5 pm (MST)

Live online.

Visit the festival website

This annual festival is the only one of its kind in the U.S. that features children’s books in Spanish and English and Indigenous languages and English. The focus on Spanish, English, Indigenous languages books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico, the American Southwest, and beyond. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience. The four-day event features author readings, workshops, and interactive events for kids and families.

For additional information email HLA.Admin@state.nm.us

Image: Julianna Kirwin (used with permission).