U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

7 pm

Free and open to the public, ticket link available August 15, 2021

The National Hispanic Cultural Center/History and Literary Arts Program and the University of New Mexico/English Department present a reading, performance, and talk by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended the Santa Fe Indian School, and was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico. She is an award-winning writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Her numerous publications include nine books of poetry, a memoir, a young adult novel, a children’s book, and five CDs featuring her poetry and music. Harjo will release her sixth CD, “I Pray for My Enemies,” on May 5, 2021.

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NHCC Book Club: Afterlife—Julia Alvarez

5:30 pm (MST)

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

“Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.” – Goodreads.

Free community event

Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque: No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition in New Mexico: A History

2 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

The Inquisition is one of the most famous and infamous of religious courts in history.The reviled institution even had a presence in New Mexico during the colonial period. State Historian Rob Martinez presents a fascinating look at the history of the Inquisition in Europe, Spain and the Americas, with a focus on Mexico and New Mexico. Cases of heretical behavior reveal much about the social and religious practices and activities of people in the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.

Free community Event

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Money for Writers Workshop: Grant Writing for Latinx Writers

11 am (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

Beyond Teaching: Out-of-the-Box Writing Gigs and Getting Them Funded

This workshop features three Latinx writers who generate income outside of teaching. They collaborate with other writers and artists, provide professional writing services, and create innovative projects that support their careers as writers. These gigs are financially supported by foundations, municipal agencies, and other funders. Join us to learn more. 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. Panelists TBA.

Workshop fee: $20.

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.