Southwest Word Fiesta is hosting a Women's History Month celebration on Monday, March 27, at 5 pm MST at WNMU Miller Library. Women's History Month encourages the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women have played in history.
This hybrid event is free and open to the public. Zoom link: https://wnmu.zoom.us/j/83202178255
Some of the presenters include:
Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner
Pamela Warren Williams is a poet, publisher, and visual artist searching for poignant truths, with provocation from heartbreaking beauty to the current pain in our culture, and following the ties that either bind us or tear us apart. Her publishing company is Mercury HeartLink, which promotes positive social impact. She will read her own poetry.
Town of Silver City District 4 Councilor Lupe Cano will discuss the contributions of Mrs. Jesusita Acosta Perrault during her term as elected Secretary of State in 1928.
Alexandra Todd moved to Silver City in 2008. She was professor of sociology at Suffolk University in Boston for 23 years, with five of those years as head of Women's Studies. One of her areas of research was women's health and reproductive care. She will celebrate Ron Hamm's recent book "New Mexico Heroines of the 20th Century," and will read a short piece on women and health.
Catalina Claussen is an award-winning YA novelist, short story author, and poet. Catalina will read her own poetry.
Dr. Diana Edwards, Ph.D., LPCC, family counselor and cultural anthropologist, is a long-time activist for peace, justice, and equality. Her presentation is about her work for the first feminist magazine in Canada, Branching Out. Diana volunteered with this women’s cooperative venture as photographer, writer, and contributing editor from 1975 to 1980.
Lynne Zotalis is an award-winning author and poet. She will read from Emilie Carles, a French writer and activist.
Elise Stuart, former poet laureate of Grant County, is the author of a collection of poems, Another Door Calls, and a memoir, My Mother and I, We Talk Cat. She facilitates an open poetry group, River Poets, and hosts the monthly poetry event at Tranquil Buzz Coffeehouse in Silver City. Elise will read her own poetry.
Ann Hedlund, Phd, is a cultural anthropologist who focuses her research on women makers of craft and art. She is the author of Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century: Kin, Community, and Collectors (University of Arizona Press) and Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University Press), among others. She plans to read excerpts from Wynne Brown’s 2021 book, The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life in Science & Art (U of Nebraska Press), about her 1880s fieldwork escapades in southern Arizona and New Mexico.