Many thanks also to Alan Macrae for being MC each night and for all the SOMOS board members, volunteers, and the supportive audience that made the series such a success!
A SPECIAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
The SOMOS Board of Directors is excited to announce our second in a series of fundraising publications! If you remember Storied Recipes, edited by our own Bonnie Lee Black, our hope is to offer local writers another opportunity to share stories about their favorite car adventures while supporting SOMOS. This edition, edited by Barbara Scott, will be called Storied Wheels (working title). Please read the submission requirements below and start recalling your best story to share.Call for Submissions
A SOMOS AnthologyThe editors of Storied Wheels are seeking short personal essays written by members and friends of SOMOS. The upcoming collection will anthologize favorite stories about our rides—everyone has a story, be it about an epic road trip, learning to drive, fender bender, or your father’s T-Bird. If your story is about Taos or New Mexico—all the better! (Broken wheel tales, anyone?)As we envision the anthology, it will celebrate the nexus of the written word and the adventures, trials and tribulations of our relationship with our cars. Naturally, because we live where we do, this extends to trucks, motorcycles, hitchhiking and even rides that have failed us.Please send us your stories, 600 words or fewer (500-word limit if accompanied by a vehicle photo) by June 1, 2014 (the sooner, the better!). Send an email to Prudy Abeln [email protected] with your piece in an editable attachment (.doc or .docx). Also please give us your full name, phone number and an email address, as well as a bio, up to fifty words. Include in that statement your relationship to SOMOS or Taos, unless it’s evident from your story.We are also contemplating using a few images of the relevant vehicles, so if you’ve got one that relates to your submission, please either include it as an attachment (300 dpi) or make note of it in your email. Please DO NOT mail photos to the SOMOS office. Submissions with photos are limited to 500 words.
Every writer whose work is included will receive one copy of the anthology, plus two free passes to upcoming SOMOS events.
Please note that all submissions will be subject to editorial review. And as to the word count, we mean it! If you need help cutting down a longer story, we’ll be happy to help.
PARTICIPATE IN AN OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
A FEW SPACES LEFT!
Writing the Short Story: Learning from the Masters
An Eight Week Fiction Writing Class at SOMOS
Thursdays 6 – 8:30 p.m.
April 17th to June 5th, 2014 Instructor: Jan Smith, Curator, SOMOS , MFA Candidate/Creative Writing
Over the course of eight weeks students will engage in close reading of short stories with an emphasis on the craft of beginnings, character development, settings, dialogue, action, narrative arc, and endings. We will alternate weeks of lecture/readings with writing assignments for the student’s own short story which they will add to incrementally based upon the previous week’s class.
The readings will compare/contrast classic short story forms with contemporary writers of short prose. Classic authors such as Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Willa Cather, J.D. Salinger, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Guy de Maupassant will be compared to more contemporary authors of short stories such as Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Junot Diaz, Denis Johnson, George Saunders, and Lorrie Moore. In imitating the masters students will draft their own short stories and receive critiques on them from the instructor and fellow students.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jan Smith has been the Curator for SOMOS since 2009. In June, 2014, she will graduate with an MFA-Creative Writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Howl, Chokecherries, The Pitkin Review, and won an award for her short story, “Breasts,” in Southwest Writers, 2012. In 2013 she received the Taos Resident Writers Award from the Taos Summer Writers Conference. Her master’s thesis is a full-length memoir, “Blink Like Crazy.”
FEE: $150; 20 % Donation to SOMOS
REGISTER BY APRIL 11TH, 2014, BY CALLING SOMOS, 758-0081, OR EMAILING JAN SMITH, [email protected]
SOMOS MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Tenney Walsh will be singing with Meredith Blis on Saturday April 26th at OPTIMYSM from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be served at thIs alcohol free event.
Literary Happenings in Santa Fe and Albuquerque:
Poetry Reading in Honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Special Collections Library (Botts Auditorium)
432 Central NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Featured poets: Dale Harris, Mary Oishi, Erin Northern, Ann Hunkins, Tanaya Winder, Jasmine Cufferr, Sylvia Ramos Cruz and Gayle Lauradunn
The deadline for submissions to NMBA’s Fourth Annual Southwest Book Design Award competition has been moved up to Wednesday, May 5!If you have been waiting until the very last minute to get your applications and books in to our office, good news: you now have more minutes and days to put your entry together.But don’t delay. This is the FINAL DEADLINE for submissions. To enter, you will need to fill out the application and mail it, with your check, and two copies of each title to NMBA, PO Box 1285, Santa Fe, NM 87504.
It’s that easy. Award winners will be honored at our Gala Awards dinner in June. Details to follow soon!
Winners also receive promotional materials for local and regional marketing.
So don’t put it off any longer. Send in your beautiful books asap. Questions? Call Stephanie at 505 660-6357.
SOMOS BOOK STORE:
New Hours Beginning the Week of April 21st: Mondays(closed); Tuesday-Fridays 10-2 p.m. and first Saturday of each month 10-2 p.m. Used books for sale in the SOMOS Salon; Hardcovers – $3, Paperbacks – $2; Mass Market – .25 or 10 for $1; CD’s – .50; VHS cassettes – .25; DVD’s -$1
Categories include: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cookbooks, health, science, environment, self-help, spirituality, history and MANY more!
Did you know that if you’re a SOMOS member, you can use the Weeklies to promote your events, activities, and news? Just send an email to [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help you spread the word.
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