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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: DEZIREE A. BROWN

  when the guillotine comes from my ovaries, after Destiny                 I peel Hina     from my bedside.  She mumbles your     name, hands me two    clocks entombed       in ice. The dead will come   for these, but the dead      cannot have them.            how can I be      saved from ghosts                       that tread on    stars? I try            to remember    there are eyes…

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Book Review: How We Speak To One Another

Dear Reader, In front of you lies a choice: to read or not to read How We Speak To One Another. To not read this book would be to continue your life in a straight line, doing things as you have always done. To read it, however, would be to diverge wildly from your path,…

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The PdS Black Voices Series Presents: BRANDONLEE CRUZ

    The Color of Being Heard: After Aunt Viv         For Jesse Williams and myself   if i wish you redbone, then   i wish you a pain that is the absence of your brother’s suffering— how he has always known to be a giver, but has not shared this with…

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Field Report: Seribellum Press

AWP 2017 is upon us, and Puerto del Sol is ready! Our tickets have been bought. The Publication Issue is ready to be devoured. And we’ve been working with artist Clara Dudley and the silk screen pros at Seribellum Press in Las Cruces to produce an original run of awesome shirts and posters—unveiled at this…

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The Third Degree: Alan Soldofsky

Photo Credit: Geoffrey Smith II On September 30, Alan Soldofsky visited the NMSU campus to read from his full length collection In The Buddha Factory .  In addition to his poetic output, Soldofsky also regularly engages in criticism, reviews and public activism.  This generous devotion to the work of others was evident at his NMSU…

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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…