Nelson / Boswell Reading Series

For more information about readings, please contact us at:

La Sociedad para las Artes
New Mexico State University
Department of English, Box 3E
Las Cruces, NM 88003

All readings are held Fridays at Hardman Hall, Room 106 at 7:30 PM and are free and open to all
(unless otherwise noted).

All readings sponsored by the NMSU English Department, Las Cruces Organization for the Arts (LOLA), the Southwest Border Cultures Institute and the Louletia B. Valentine Endowment.

Fall 2011 Readings

September 9—Lee K. Abbott with MFA candidate Floydd Michael Elliott
Lee K. Abbott, an NMSU alumnus, is the author of several collections of short fiction, including Wet Places at Noon, The Heart Never Fits Its Wanting, Love Is the Crooked Thing, and All Things, All At Once. He has twice won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, was awarded a Major Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1991, and has taught at The Ohio State University since 1989. His many short stories and reviews, as well as articles on American literature, have appeared in such journals and magazines as Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Southern Review, Epoch, Boulevard, and The North American Review.


September 23—Lily Hoang with MFA candidate Joshua C. Bowen
Lily Hoang is the author of the books Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest). She serves as an Associate Editor at Starcherone Books and Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. With Blake Butler, she co-edited the anthology 30 under 30.

October 7—Juliana Spahr
18th Annual HUNGER BENEFIT for Casa De Peregrinos

(5pm-Midnight at Beverly Hills Hall, 150 Hermosa Avenue)
Join La Sociedad Para Las Artes for live music, carnival games, a chili cook-off, cash bar, and a reading by Juliana Spahr and selections from Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Spahr is a poet, scholar, and editor. Her latest book, Well Then There Now, demonstrates the vibrant possibilities of an investigatory poetics through a collage of "found language," a deep curiosity about place, and restless intelligence. Sheila Black, a local poet, will read from Beauty is a Verb with Jennifer Bartlett, Kara Dorris, and Jim Ferris.

October 21—José de Piérola with MFA candidate Megan Wong
José de Piérola is the author of the short story collection Sur y Norte, the novels El camino de regreso and Shatranj: El juego de los reyes, and the short novel Un beso de invierno, winner of the Short Novel Prize awarded by the Reserve Bank of Peru. He has translated into Spanish The Art of Fiction by Walter Besant and Henry James. His short story "In the Belly of the Night" won the Max Aub International Short Story Award in Spain, and his short story "Lápices" won the Short Story Biennial awarded by Copé in Peru. His fiction has been anthologized in Peru, Mexico, Spain, France and USA. He earned a Ph.D. in Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His work in progress includes Summa Caligramatica, an exploration of the role of memory and writing in the construction of the self, and At The Edge of History, a critical study of the historical novel and its theoretical underpinnings.


November 4—Alex Shakar with MFA candidate Melanie Sweeney
Alex Shakar's first novel, The Savage Girl, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and Booksense 76 Pick, and has been translated into six foreign languages. His story collection, City In Love, was the winner of the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he now teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Chicago with his wife, the composer Olivia Block. His new novel, Luminarium, came out in August 2011.


December 2—Bin Ramke with MFA candidate Adam Crittenden
Bin Ramke edits the Denver Quarterly and teaches literature and creative writing in the English Department at the University of Denver. During his childhood in the south he intended to become a mathematician, and then a sculptor, but ended up at LSU a literature major instead. Later he received a Ph.D. from Ohio University then taught in Georgia prior to arriving at the University of Denver. He sometimes teaches part of the year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first book won the Yale Younger Poets Award, and he has since published eight other books of poems, most recently Tendril (Omnidawn, 2007). Ramke was awarded the Phipps Chair, and is an Evans Professor.

Spring 2011 Readings

January 14- poet Patty Seyburn

January 28- prose writer Sallie Bingham

February 11- poet Rosa Alcala with MFA candidate Erin Reardon

February 25- prose writer Peter Atkinson with MFA candidate Laura Walker

March 11- prose writer Debra Monroe with MFA candidate Heather Frankland

April 1- poet Jacqueline Osherow with MFA candidate Carrie Murphy

April 15- poet Rachel Levitsky with MFA candidate Peter Brooks

April 29- prose writer Evan Lavender-Smith with MFA candidate Mike Meginnis

Fall 2010 Readings

October 22nd- Cynthia Hogue with MFA candidate Elizabeth Brasher

November 5th- Daniel Black with MFA candidate Daniel Cameron

November 12th- Annual Hunger Benefit featuring Charles Bowden

December 3rd- Dorine Jennette with MFA candidate Tracy Bowling

Spring 2010 Readings

Jan 22nd- Sheila Black and MFA candidate Candice Morrow

Feb 5th- Eula Biss and MFA candidate Krystal Languell

Feb 19th- Kevin Prufer and MFA candidate Mac McCormick

March 5th- Rus Bradburd and MFA candidate Ryan Orr

March 12th- Abraham Smith and MFA candidate Ramona Reeves

April 2nd- Sallie BIngham and MFA candidate Joshua Wheeler

April 30th- Don Waters and MFA candidate David Roe