Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Publication for Debra Monroe!

 The prolific and talented Debra Monroe has a new piece featured in the online journal Wake!

It's a wonderful essay, with a wonderful title: Appallingly Specific Unhappy Christmases. Say that ten times fast. (It also has a kind of amazing accompanying photo: see above!)

Congratulations, Debra--and everyone else: enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Publication News Galore! Check out Debra Monroe, Emily Rapp (again) and Sharon!

Greetings, everyone! Happy almost-Thanksgiving Break! We've got lots of new (ish) publications to tell you about today...

First, our very own Conference Founder and Director Sharon Oard Warner has a new story in the Fall issue of Fifth Wednesday Jounal: it's called "Whatever's Good Will Be Gone" and, having had the recent privilege of hearing Sharon read the piece aloud, I can tell you that it is really, really, really good. So: go out and buy that immediately.

While you're at the bookstore, also make sure to pick up a copy of the current Glimmer Train--which features a lengthy interview with Debra Monroe. We all knew Debra was brilliant, but reading this interview will make you realize just how much wisdom this phenomenal woman has: on the subjects of writing and teaching, craft and influences, she is truly spectacular.

And...before you leave, check out the November/December issue of The Bark magazine, where you'll find an essay, called "Kindred Spirits," by the supremely prolific and talented Emily Rapp! The essay deals with her son, Ronan, her beloved dog, Bandit, and a hospice shelter for animals in Santa Fe (called Kindred Spirits).

Once you've gotten all of those, you may leave the store. And then: enjoy your holiday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Emily Rapp on NPR!

We're so very proud of our girl, Emily Rapp, for all of the gorgeous writing that she's produced under very sad circumstances: her son, Ronan's, diagnosis with Tay Sachs Disease--a terminal illness.

Most recently, she wrote this piece in the New York Times. And this week, she talked about the article, and her experience parenting Ronan and writing his story, on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Emily talks with NPR correspondent Brian Naylor; they are joined by a nurse who works with terminally ill children, and take calls from parents who have faced similar circumstances.

You can find audio from the interview here. It's very moving, well worth the listen.

Emily will be teaching a weekend workshop in memoir at this year's conference: click here for more info on that.

Congratulations again, Emily.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Holiday Anthology from John Dufresne!

Longtime Taos instructor, novelist John Dufresne, has edited a new anthology of seventeen holiday-themed stories called Blue Christmas: Holiday Stories for the Rest of Us

John tells us that the collection will feature "original and unsentimental holiday stories" from him, as well as acclaimed writers Diana Abu-Jaber, Preston Allen, Steve Almond, Lynne Barrett, Tricia Bauer, Colin Channer, Jon Clinch, Ed Falco, Robert Goolrick, Ben Greenman, James W. Hall, Jane Hamilton, Ann Hood, Lee Martin, Ana Menendez and Les Standiford.

There will be a reading at Newtonville Books on December 15, at Books & Books in Coral Gables on December 10, and at Books on the Square in Providence on January 3.

You can click here for John's description of the book at the publisher, Books and Books', website.

Non-sappy holiday stories, edited by John? Sounds like the perfect holiday gift to us!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Check Out Priscilla Long's Science Blog at The American Scholar!

Taos Instructor Priscilla Long is blogging over at the American Scholar's blog, The Daily Scholar: posting each Wednesday in her column, Science Frictions!

Her newest post is about oceans; the one before that about dogs. She's also written about bugs, coal, the moon and, you know, Demodex folliculorum.

Very cool and interesting stuff. Check it out, and congrats, Priscilla!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

BBC Radio Doc on D. H. Lawrence in New Mexico

Those Lawrence devotees among us may be interested in a new BBC production, narrated by author Geoff Dyer, about D.H. Lawrence's time in New Mexico.

Dyer travels to the D.H. Lawrence ranch, and explores the writer's remarkable creative output there--just down the road from the Conference.

The documentary feature "Lawrence in New Mexico" will be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday November 3rd, at 11:30 UK time, and can be heard worldwide live on the Radio 4 website:  (click 'Listen Live').

You can also hear the programme for up to 7 days after transmission at the feature'es website,  and on the BBC's iPlayer: