Finalists for the NMPW Zia Book Award Announced

Four outstanding New Mexico women writers will be honored for their work in fiction on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:15-1:35 p.m. at the Canyon Club at Four Hills, in Albuquerque.
The 2019 Zia Book Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Cave of Bones, by Anne Hillerman;
Long Night Moon, by Sue Boggio and Mare Pearl;
She Was Sheriff, by Melody Groves; and
When a Woman Rises, by Christine Eber.
An overall winner will be announced at the event, with the other finalists receiving Honorable Mention awards.
The awards will be presented during the 2019 New Mexico Press Women’s Annual Convention. Anyone interested in attending the convention or the awards luncheon can get more information on the NMPW 2019 convention page.

NM Press Women offers Breaking Bad Tour as Part of State Conference

If you are planning on attending the New Mexico Press Women State Conference, you may walk on the underside of this year’s conference theme, “A Salute to the New Mexico Films and Media Industries” with a special Breaking Bad tour of landmarks around Albuquerque used as background during the series. You can see Walter White’s house, Jesse’s house and have a light breakfast at Los Pollos Hermanos. See the car wash, Tuco’s place and Chucky’s. The cost of the tour is $55. and includes all transportation from the conference center.

More information for the Saturday afternoon (April 27) tour can be found here.

The tour lasts from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. and you will return in time for the banquet. This is one of two exciting tours conference attendees can sign up for. Get more information on the conference webpage.

NM Press Women Salute the Film and Media Industries

The theme of New Mexico Press Women’s 2019 conference is “A Salute to the New Mexico Film and Media Industries.” It will be held at the beautiful, serene Four Hills Country Club’s Canyon Club on April 26-27. So far, our confirmed speakers include Alisa Valdes (author of The Dirty Girls Social Club), Craig Butler (writer and director of The Righteous and the Wicked), David Morrell (Rambo), and Don Bullis (author of No Manure on Main Street).) Mark your calendar and register now at our online store.

The conference schedule is now available.

SPECIAL NOTE: The New Mexico Writers organization offers scholarships for writers for purposes such as attending writing-related programs. If you would like to apply for a grant to cover your registration for the 2019 NMPW conference, you can find out how at the NMWriters scholarship web page.

National Communications Contest

Entries that won first place in the NMPW Communications Contest can be forwarded to compete in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest if the following qualifications are met:

  • The entrant must be a current member of NFPW (the national organization) by February 22 (join at https://nfpw.org/join).
  • If the entrant was a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, NMPW will pay for one first-place entry to be sent on to the national contest. If the entrant won first place in more than one category, she/he can have additional entries sent on to national by paying the $23/entry fee for each additional entry at our online store .
  • If the entrant was not a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, she/he must pay the $23/entry fee for every first-place winner she/he wishes to sent on to the national contest. Pay at our online store.

Albuquerque Press Women to Hear from U.S. Marshall

Sonya Chavez

Sonya Chavez

Sonya Chavez, the U.S. Marshall for New Mexico will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at their regular meeting on Monday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 The 25 Way). Chavez is the first female to serve in the capacity of U.S. Marshall in New Mexico. The U.S. Marshall’s Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. Among other duties the Marshall’s Service protects judges and hunts violent fugitives.

Chavez spent 22years with the FBI before her appointment as U.S. Marshall. Much of her professional career in the FBI was centered on investigation of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country. She spent several years in Chicago working on complex investigations. In 2006 Chavez returned to New Mexico as leader of the FBI’s violent gang and southwest border initiatives. She also oversaw the Division’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.

Before joining the FBI Chavez worked as a television news reporter and anchor for CBS and NBC news affiliates, was the director of marketing at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and press aide for Governor Bruce King.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends are a group focused on people who work in the field of communications. Meetings of APWF are open to everyone, but non-members will be charged an additional $5 at the door. No reservations are required and attendees order from the menu.