An LCPW Conversation with J. C. ‘Jen’ Cervantes

Dear LCPW members and friends, please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. for “An LCPW Conversation with J. C. ‘Jen’ Cervantes.” Jen is a New York Times best-selling children’s author of the Storm Runner series, a Mayan mythology trilogy for middle-grade readers.

Cervantes’s career has exploded since publishing her first children’s book, Tortilla Sun, in 2010. It won the New Mexico Press Women 2011 Zia Book Award and a New Mexico Book Award. She was invited to join the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, which is part of Disney-Hyperion Publishing Worldwide.

Jen’s next book was The Storm Runner, which follows Zane Obisbo, a middle schooler with a physical disability who discovers he has a connection to Mayan gods and the dormant volcano near his New Mexico home. The story is filled with magical creatures and characters who are all part of a fast-paced, action-packed adventure to prevent a war between the Mayan gods.

After making the New York Times and other best-seller lists such as Barnes and Noble Best Young Reader Books of 2018, The Storm Runner soon became a trilogy. Cervantes announced this year that The Storm Runner has been optioned as a television series by Apple. Up next, Cervantes has penned a young adult romance called Flirting with Fate.

The LCPW Conversation with Jen Cervantes will explore her journey from writing her first novel to being a full-time author of children’s books in the Latinx genre, the writing life, giving back to the community, and mentoring new authors through Las Musas.
The Zoom Conversation is free but registration is required.

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

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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.

Zoom Conversation: Journalists Covering Criminal & Social Justice Issues

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Host Ludella Awad

NMPW members are invited to participate in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 25 Sep, from 4:00- 4:45 p.m. NMPW will host two journalists covering criminal and social justice issues surrounding police reform and accountability. Joining us are Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic and Elise Kaplan, criminal justice reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. The event host is NMPW Board Member Ludella Awad, a criminal justice reporter who has worked with multiple news organizations covering the criminal justice system. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.

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.

Zoom attendees for Criminal Justice Zoom meeting

Criminal Justice Zoom attendees

Zoom Conversation with NM Congresswoman Torres Small Discusses COVID-19 Legislation

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Congresswomen Torres Small

NMPW will host a Zoom Conversation with New Mexico Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. She will spend the first 15 minutes discussing the COVID-19 legislation that has passed the House of Representatives to mitigate the economic crisis. She will then take questions from our members for 15 minutes.

You must be a current paid NMPW member by Sunday, Sept. 6, to receive a registration link. This is an off-the-record conversation open to New Mexico Press Women Members only that has been set up with her Washington, DC scheduler. Private on-the-record interviews must be set up individually.

NMPW Torres Small Zoom Conversation attendees

Congresswomen Torres Small Zoom attendees

Zoom Conversation: La Jornada Sculpture

New Mexico Press Women will host a Zoom Conversation, exclusively for members, on Monday, July 13, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  The topic will center on the controversies surrounding the La Jornada sculpture outside of the Albuquerque Museum. Joining us will be Sherri Brueggemann, who runs the Albuquerque Arts Board, Pamela Weese Powell, who is chair of the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees, and Nora Naranjo Morse, the artist responsible for one-half of La Jornada. All three women have fascinating stories that have not been reported in the news to share with our members.

If you are are a member and are interested in attending this meeting, you can request a registration link by emailing

If you are not a member but would like to attend, please consider paying our $15 membership dues before  Monday, 13 July, at 9:00 a.m. After joining NMPW, you can send an email to to request an email to register for the Zoom Conversation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 13 July.

Only NMPW members will be admitted into exciting this Zoom Conversation.