Issue No. 29

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Entrails | Fiction

I arrived at my aunt and uncle’s house in Colorado on a Sunday. Three days later, we slaughtered e...

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Dr. X | Nonfiction

The Center sent me to him and I happily went. This was during the time when I slept too much or not ...

From the Blog

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part V)

This post is the fifth and final part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. A couple of weeks ago my dad returned from a vacation complaining about the book he’d [...]

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Yes, I’m in an MFA Program.

I spent the past week working at the 16th annual Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. It was my second time attending the Conference—I’m lucky enough to be the Graduate Assistant for the TSWC—and this time around I was better prepared to take advantage of my time in Taos. A perk of working the Conference is that [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part IV)

This post is the fourth part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. The life of an MFA student goes something like this: “Here, read this.” “No, read that.” “No, wait—read [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part III)

This post is the third part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. If you Google “book recommendation engines,” you get a Google-typical 26.9 million results (in 0.25 seconds, no less). [...]

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Ekphrastic Poetry and Student Involvement

The following lines are part of a poem that I wrote in collaboration with a photograph found in the UNM Art Museum “Luz Restirada” exhibit.                        This is what longing for a place does, it carries a sound, we can only fill.    – from [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part II)

This post is the second part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. Say what you want about Amazon: the company has more data on American book buyers than any other [...]

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An Interview with Jessica Helen Lopez

The 2014 VOCES class headed by Jessica Helen Lopez and Damien Flores. Check out their Final Performance Showcase, this Friday, June 27 at 7 PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theater. If you have never been to the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, GO. It is gorgeous; a lovely campus [...]

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What to Read and Why: Tips for Discerning Readers (Part I)

  This post is the first part in a series aimed at helping readers to more effectively identify books they will enjoy—that is, to invest their reading time wisely, and to reap all of the dividends accruing therefrom. I decided I was getting old the day I realized I would never finish reading all of [...]

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Lit Mags and Lit Studies

I’m a writer. I was a writer. I will be a writer; I’m going to write again. I find myself saying some version of these sentences pretty often, especially because working on Blue Mesa Review means being surrounded by creative writers who are constantly honing their craft. I wonder which of those sentences is most [...]

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Finding Inspiration in Albuquerque

The beginning of August will mark my first full year in Albuquerque. I’ve enjoyed working on my MFA and exploring this new city I live in. What I’ve seen so far is impressive—Albuquerque is culturally rich and very invested in the arts. Engaging with my local community inspires me to keep working on my writing. [...]

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