2020 New Mexico Writers Dinner
Levi Romero, poet and lecturer in Creative Writing and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual New Mexico Writers dinner scheduled for April 9, 2020 at 6 pm at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe.
A native of the Embudo Valley, Romero is known for his ability to capture the spiritual essence of New Mexico in poetry and other works. He is the author of Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works, and In the Gathering of Silence. In 2012, the 100th anniversary of New Mexico statehood, he served as the New Mexico Centennial Poet. Rudolfo Anaya, the celebrated godfather of Chicano literature, has described Romero’s writings as “From the loco to the sublime . . . a blessing on our heads.”
“We look forward to welcoming Levi Romero, to introducing recipients of the 2020 NMW grants, and to launching several enhancements for the 2020 dinner,” said Pam Lewis, NMW Annual Dinner committee chair.
For the first time this year, guests will have the option of sitting at tables with other writers in their genre, including fiction, poetry, biography, history, memoir, and more. Our Rising Writers program invites emerging writers to sign up to meet with established writers in the half-hour before the dinner. And this year’s auction will feature home-cooked dinners for six in private homes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque presided over by famous authors. Look for more details in the coming months.
Online registration for the NMW Annual Dinner begins December 1, 2019, and continues through April 2, 2020. The cost is $80 through January 31 and $90 thereafter. As in past years, full and partial discounts are available to those who qualify.