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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Another Cacophonous Summer

It’s not often I pick up a book of poetry and discover it’s a page-turner; poetry is enlivening, strange, wild, challenging, and often beautiful, but it doesn’t always compel me to move from one page to the next the way novels do. One With Others by C. D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press 2010) is an exception—I couldn’t [...]

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The Summer To-Do List

We all – at least those of us currently entrenched in academia – have one. The long, idealistic, and extremely optimistic list of all the things we’re going to accomplish over summer “break.” Some of us may just have bullet points, some Post-its or index cards, some use a planner or their smart phone, some [...]

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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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