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Marilyn Pate Author- New book EVERYDAY EVIL and her short stories

      Marilyn Pate invites you to visit her newly completed website, www.marilynannepate.com to learn about herself, her new book, EVERYDAY EVIL and read some of her short stories. 

      Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the news letter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 38.  No. 5  Oct/Nov. 2009

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Mary Sojourner Author- Novel, short stories, essays, memoir, and wordsmith,

Mary Sojourner immigrated to Flagstaff, Arizona January 1985, with two intentions: to write and fight for the earth.

Results of her vow include:

Sisters of the Dream, a novel of 12th Century Northern Arizona (Northland Publishing, 1989 out-of-print)

Delicate, short story collection (Nevermore Press, 2001; Scribner, 2004.)

Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest, essay collection, U. of Nevada Press, 2003; paperback, 2004.

Solace: rituals of loss and desire, memoir/essay, Simon and Schuster/Scribner, 2004.

Wordsmithing, twice-monthly column on writing, Flag Live!

Short fiction

Essays

Writers on the Range syndicated columns, National Public Radio national commentaries Sporadic appearances on local telephone poles and in cafes of her environmental/social justice column, Open Space.

A rare wetland in the heart of a dead volcano protected from development; an ancient meadow not penetrated by a breccia pipe uranium mine; the beginning of the healing of a pumice mine scar on the Sacred Mountains north of Flagstaff; the on-going battle to stop Snowbowl ski resort from making artificial snow from wastewater on those same mountains.

She wrote alone; the earth-work is always in the company of kin.

Mary Sojourner teaches writing throughout the Southwest.

She also teaches writing throughout the West.

For more information about Mary Sojourner go to www.magictails.com/marysojourner.html 

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Elizabeth Gunn- NEW RIVER BLUES, a Sara Burke Mystery

      NEW RIVER BLUES by Elizab eth Gunn featuring Sarah Burke- Tucson homicide detective

       ISBN: 978-0-7278-673-2

      ALSO: TRIPLE PLAY, PAR FOUR, FIVE CARD STUD, SIX POUND WALLEYE, SEVENTH INNING STRETCH, CRAZY EIGHTS and McCAFFERTY’S NINE (all Jake Hines mysteries)

      COOL IN TUCSON (a Sarah Burke Mystery)

      Elizabeth Gunn: Author, free-lance writer, pilot, sky-diver, ocean sailor, scuba diver

      “Sarah fits firmly into the female-sleuth mold created by Muller, Grafton, and Paretsky”  Booklist on COOL IN TUCSON     

        www.elizabethgunn.com

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Emily Romero- Demetria Martinez, activist author, poet, columnist lecturer, and master storyteller

      Martinez Finds Her True Calling

      By Emily Romero

     “Demetria Martinez is an activist author, poet, columnist, lecturer, and master storyteller.  She has written serveral highly acclaimed books, THE DEVILS WORKSHOP (University of Arizona Press), and CONFESSIONS OF A BERLITZ-TAPE CHICANA (University of Oklahoma Press), a book that that has garnered her many presitgious awards.”

      “The book that put on the map, however, is MOTHER TONGUE (Ballantine), the award-winning (Western States Award for Fiction) love story of a refugee from El Salvador, a novel written during the height of the U.S. wars in Central America.”

      “Martinez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In 1960, she earned her BA in public policy from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  She currently lectures at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  At one point, Martinez was determined to find out what her true calling in life was, so she decided to join the Sagrada Art School in New Mexico, a school that encourages artist to stay away from full-time jobs and encourages their creativity.”

      “She has been writing a column for the Independent Progresive Weekly, and for the National Catholic (http://ncronline.org) since 1988.  She writes on many controversial issues such as abortion and immigration, and works with a group that fights for immigrants’ rights.  In addition, she works with Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence.”

       “Martinez also writes poems that are mainly about people she has encountered throughout her life, nature and her lifetime experience.  Her book MOTHER TONGUE is loosely based on the story of when she was accused of conspiracy against the United States government for smuggling Salvadoran refugee women into the United States.  These are charges that could have gathered her a sentence of 25 years in prison.  The government intended to use one of her poems, “Nativity for Two Savadoran Women,” against her.  She was prompty acquitted based on her First Amendment rights.  Martinez had accompanied a Lutheran minister who was helping two women cross over into the United States as part of the Sanctuary Movement.  The governor of New Mexico had approved her act of kindness and compassion.”

      “This same tipic inspired BREATHING BETWEEN THE LINES, an inspiring book of poetry.”

      “Martinez has dedicated her life to helping people who need her most people that for many are invisible.  However, through her work, she has helped to make them visible to the world and taught others to be more compassionate.  You can learn more about her at: htt://www.demetriamartinez.com/.”

      “”‘Demetra Martinez is one of the best, the most poetic, and most passionate writers of her generation.”  John Nichols, author of THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR.”

      Taken from EL CORAJE LA NUEVA GENERACION, developed from Dr. Roberto Cintli Rodriquez’ Red-Brown Journalism Mexican American Studies Class  University of Arizona.

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Cherokee Sky Poet- a few additional comments about dyslexia and writing

Cherokee Sky- a few additional comments about dyslexia and writing

       I have many references to my writing, reading and arithmetic that was complicated by my struggles with the so called side effects of dyslexia.  But I don’t see dyslexia as an illness,

       It is just a long term melody that requires patience, determination, perseverance and a since of humor with the ability to laugh at ones self and allow others to laugh with you, not at you.

      It may help someone else to start writing about them self’s and their experiences.

      The one thing I do need to do while writing, is use my own feelings and experiences to express things better…my feelings and impressions are the longer term things I can remember, things that make the deepest impressions in my memory fields.

      Cherokee Sky

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Marilyn Nelson- Author, Poet and Translator

      Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twelve books and three chapbooks.  THE HOMEPLACE won the Arinsfield-Wolf Award.  THE FIELDS OF PRAISE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS won the PEN Winship Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize, CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS won the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and was both a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, as was A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL FORTUNE’S BONES won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry.  She has also published two collections of verse for children: THE CAT WALKED THROUGH THE CASSEROLE AND OTHER POEMS FOR CHILDREN.   A 3-time National book Award finalist, she has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships

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Nancy Mairs- a (woman) writer

      Nancy Mairs’ books include PLAINTEXT; CARNAL ACTS: VOICE LESSONS; ON BECOMING A (WOMAN)) WRITER; REMEMBERING THE BONE HOUSE; AN EROTICS OF PLACE AND SPACE; ORDINARY TIME; CYCLES IN MARRIAGE; FAITH AND RENEWAL; WAIST-HIGH IN THE WORLD; A LIFE AMONG THE NONDISABLED; a Western States Book Award-winning volume of poetry; IN ALL THE ROOMS OF THE YELLOW HOUSE; and A TROUBLED GUEST; LIFE AND DEATH STORIES

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