“Give It a Name: Mental Health and the Writing Life”: A Las Cruces Press Women Conversation with Author Paul Pedroza

Join the Las Cruces Press Women for a conversation with author Paul Pedroza on “Give it a name: Mental health and the writing life” on Thursday, 15 Oct 2020 at 6 p.m.
The writing life is one of solitude and struggle, and for some writers who deal with mental illness, it can seem insurmountable. Author Paul Pedroza will discuss how identifying and naming mental health concerns informs authors’ work and opens avenues to successfully navigating the challenging paths towards publication and participating in literary culture. From cultivating a consistent writing practice through marketing and publicity, Paul will share his experiences with coping while working.

Paul Pedroza was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, is available from Veliz Books. He has completed his first novel, and he is currently working on a second and on a collection of essays.

His work has appeared in Rattle, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Palabra, BorderSenses, Confluencia, Inquiring Mind Buddhist Magazine, and in the following anthologies: Our Lost Border (Arte Público Press, 2013), New Border Voices (TAMU Press, 2014), and Mezcla 2 (Tumblewords, 2013).

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sign up for “Journalism under Fire: Covering Crisis” Conference

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) will host its third Journalism under Fire conference this fall from November 10 – December 3. All digital for the first time, this year’s theme is Covering Crisis and will feature leading journalists, photojournalists, political cartoonists, and academics. Together, they’ll address, dissect, and illustrate how journalism is covering today’s overlapping social, public health, economic, and environmental crises – all on the heels of the U.S. elections.

There will be at least five live-stream sessions per week, beginning on November 10, with a star-studded Grand Opening Event, and concluding on December 3. Among them, our featured speakers have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. Speakers include:

  • Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times) and Sheryl WuDunn. November 10
  • Dana Priest (The Washington Post) serving as emcee for the conference’s first week
  • Wesley Lowery (CBS News and 60 Minutes) and Astead Herndon (The New York
    Times) on Covering Social Crisis. November 12
  • Ivan Kolpakov (www.meduza.io) and Ben Smith (The New York Times) on Covering Crisis: Resistance vs. Independence in Journalism. November 17
  • Political cartoonists Matt Wuerker (Politico) and Jack Ohman (The Sacramento
    Bee) on Satirizing Crisis, Part One. November 12.
  • Ann Telnaes (The Washington Post) and KAL (The Economist) on Satirizing Crisis, Part Two. December 1
  • Dr. Hany Farid and Dr. Alexa Koenig on Deep Fakes, Disinformation, and Elections.
    November 18 and 19
  • Dr. Courtney Radsch (Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists) and
    Patricia Campos Mello (Investigative Reporter, Brazil). December 2

Student Learning Labs will afford New Mexico students interactive access to conference
speakers. This year, CIR will launch News Literacy Modules for classroom use, each offering a dynamic view on major journalism principles and issues.

Once again, we will partner with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), with partial support provided by the
New Mexico Humanities Council. Ultimately, the conference will help each of us – as
individuals, societies, nations, and as a connected global community – better understand  and respond to the crises shaping our turbulent, ever-changing world.

For more information on Journalism under Fire, including sponsorship opportunities, please email CIR’s Executive Director Sandy Campbell or call her at 505-316-1361, or visit www.journalismunderfire.org.

NFPW & NMPW Communications Contest Opens Oct. 1

The 2021 National Federation of Press Women and New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest is open on October 1. Click here for more information and to enter or log on to the NFPW website.

The communications contest is a two-tiered contest open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of age, gender, professional status or location.

The contest is open Oct. 1, 2020. Book entries are accepted until February 3, 2021 at midnight our time zone. All other entries are accepted until February 10, 2021 until midnight our time zone. All entries received after January 27, 2021 will be charged a one-time $25 late fee.

The first tier of the contest is at the state level. Winners at the state level earn the chance to compete at the national level. To be able to compete at the national level, the winning entrant must be a member in good standing with the NFPW by March 15, 2021. Entrants can join once they are notified of their winning entry.

Entrants with wins across multiple categories are entered into the state sweepstakes category, which uses a weighted point value for each placing entry. Based on those totals, sweepstakes awards are given to the three top-scoring entrants.

Entry fees for the New Mexico contest are $25 for the 1st entry $15 for each additional for NMPW members; entry fees for non-members are $30 for the 1st and $20 for each additional.

For more information contact contest@newmexicopresswomen.org.

2021 Zia Book Award Submissions Welcomed

Women writers living in New Mexico are invited to submit books for consideration for the Zia Book Award, given each year by NMPW at the annual spring conference. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: children’s literature, nonfiction, and fiction. To accommodate this schedule, a book published in the last three years is eligible. The 2021 award is open to nonfiction books published in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Finalists will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Mar. 20, 2021, in Albuquerque (or online if necessary) and speak about their books. Finalists will receive either the Award or an Honorable Mention. To be eligible for the Award, the author must attend the ceremony.

The entry fee is as follows:

If sent by Dec. 31, 2020:
• $25 for NMPW members
• $30 for nonmembers

If sent after Dec. 31, 2020:
• $35 for NMPW members
• $50 for nonmembers

Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 11, 2021. An acknowledgement letter will be emailed upon receipt of the entry.

Submissions can be made by the author or by someone else on behalf of the author, such as a publisher. Membership in New Mexico Press Women is not required, but the writer must be a woman who lives in or has a strong connection to New Mexico. The book may be published anywhere.

To submit for consideration for the Zia Book Award, send two copies of the book along with a brief cover letter including complete contact information, the author’s biography (including her connection to New Mexico), and a description of the book to:

Patricia Conoway
Zia Book Award Chair
PO Box 54
Cerrillos NM 87010

The entry fee may be paid by including a check payable to NMPW with the submission or paid online. Optional dues may be also paid on the same page.

Book entries are considered a donation to the organization and are not returned. The books will be part of the silent auction held at the spring conference to raise scholarship funds.

For more information on the contest, send correspondence to the address listed above or e-mail Patricia Conoway.

Zoom Conversation: Forgotten Figures in New Mexico’s History—Those Left Off Monuments & Statues

Photo of Rob Martinez, New Mexico State Historian

NM State Historian Rob Martinez

Join other NMPW members in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 5 Oct, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m., as NMPW hosts a discussion on “Forgotten Figures in New Mexico’s History—Those Left Off Monuments & Statues.” State Historian Rob Martinez will provide his thoughts on noteworthy people from all cultural and ethnic segments of New Mexico’s history. Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, renown PBS contributor, will discuss prominent New Mexico women, especially those involved with the women’s suffrage movement. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.  NMPW Board Member Loretta Hall will host the meeting.

If you are a member you may register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are not a member, you may join to attend.