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Field Report: Las Cruces’ Unified Community Action

On Sunday, January 21st, more than 1500 people gathered in Las Cruces’ downtown plaza to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March in Washington D.C..  Of course, our editors made sure to witness but also to be involved.  According to organizers, the demonstration was initially planned to accommodate 100 – 500 people at the Southwest…

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Field Report: Writers Resist

  This Sunday, acclaimed author and playwright Denise Chavez hosted the Las Cruces Writers Resist event at her Casa Camino Real Book Store & Art Gallery. Several members of the Puerto staff were in attendance, not only to stay involved in the literary happenings of New Mexico, but to immerse ourselves in the world of…

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The Third Degree: ROBERT WILDER

A few weeks ago, author Robert Wilder took a break from his life of writing, teaching, and teaching writing in Santa Fe to come to Las Cruces to read from his first novel, Nickel. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of meeting Robert and asking him a few questions about the novel, his visual writing process,…

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The Third Degree: BRIAN BLANCHFIELD

Award-winning poet and essayist Brian Blanchfield paid us a visit last month to share a selection from Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, a brilliant and astonishingly candid collection of 24 single-subject essays, out this year from Nightboat Books. Following his visit to Las Cruces, the Tucson-based author and recent Whiting Awardee in Nonfiction was kind enough…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: DONALD QUIST

TWIN PILGRIMS E – 120 seconds and counting   A few hundred seconds before the next giant leap for mankind, Livy comes home weary from Sacramento. You try to ignore the heavy thud of Livy’s duffle-bag on the rug in the front hallway, Livy’s slogging steps to the kitchen, the creak and slam of the…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: CANDICE ILOH

      anyone that knows me will tell you that. after Donald Trump.    “If you get good ratings, they’ll cover you even if you have nothing to say.” Trump   they are wanting to make you great again. again they are wanting to make you. you again are going to become America. becoming…

The Third Degree: Tim Staley

Tim Staley signs all of his emails: “Your friend in verse, Tim Staley.”  It came through my inbox several times as we set up this interview, and I didn’t know what to make of it at first.  We eventually met at Beck’s Coffee in Las Cruces, and I can now tell you that it’s an absolute truth.  Tim Staley is your friend in verse. Tim teaches at Onate High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico and sponsors “Poetry Out Loud,” a program for spoken word poetry where students start local and move to national level competitions.  He also runs his…

The Third Degree: James Meetze

On September 9th, James Meetze came to read from his most recent book Phantom Hour at NMSU. The book is divided (sort of) into two sections: Dark Art and Phantom Hour. In an effort to present myself as an incredibly astute and intelligent reader, I asked him what the connection between the two sections is and proceeded to rattle off a few of my own ideas about it. When I was done, he very calmly told me that there is no real connection, that they are essentially two separate books. In an effort to maintain the illusion of my smart,…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: JULIAN RANDALL

      And I Wasn’t Planning To Live Very Long Anyway   But that’s not new ask anybody and they’ll tell you   It’s nothing personal or even about desire but I’m only a body of water   barely enough   for a cloud at this rate I was not built for stay say…

Field Report: 2016 Las Cruces Comic Con

Welcome to the inaugural post of Field Report, Puerto del Sol’s newest blog column, in which your loyal literary correspondents (psst: the Puerto team) go out into the world on the hunt for the best in contemporary literary culture. Where do we go? Where don’t we? The Southwest is an artistic hotbed, bursting at the seams with exciting literary collisions. Cultures clashing. Languages overlapping. The sun, holy moly, burning out our eyes. So much to report on. So wherever you find a literary event, we’ll be there. Wherever an author is reading emotional, gut-busting literature, don’t worry, we’ll be there.…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: JANEA WILSON

      The decapitated mum     I found your head, upside down orange flopped to the asphalt. No body in sight. What stroke of good fortune. Plump bloom, not a petal plucked,  though now the crown a flat bottom, the green skyward. I wonder how you got here— your beheaded stem in some…