Monday, September 24, 2012
Dr. Lois Rudnick - The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture
Lois Palken Rudnick is professor emerita of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Among her many books are Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds and Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture, both available from the University of New Mexico Press.
The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of
Modern American Culture
Dr. Lois Rudnick
Wednesday, October 24th
Dane Smith Hall, Room 120
UNM, Albuquerque, NM
Internationally known as a writer, hostess, and patron of the arts of the twentieth century, Mabel
Dodge Luhan (1879-1962) is not known for her experiences with venereal disease, unmentioned in
her four-volume memoir that was published in the 1930s. Making the suppressed portions of Luhan’s
memoirs available for the first time, Lois Rudnick examines Luhan’s life through the lenses of
venereal disease, psychoanalysis, and sexology. She shows us a mover and shaker of the modern world
whose struggles with identity, sexuality, and manic depression speak to the lives of many women of
Center for Southwest Research, Center for the Southwest, Department of English Language
and Literature, Department of History, and the Feminist Research Institute
Please click on this link, http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/podcasts/?p=3078, to hear the interview.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Mardi Gras Madness
We are proud and honored to announce that the 2013 Featured Artist of the Taos Summer Writers' Conference is Ouida Touchón. Visit her website www.ouidatouchon.com to see more of her wonderful art.
Ouida Touchón is a visual artist who spends most of her waking moments at the easel or the press. She has her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Painting, and her Masters of Art from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in studio arts. In addition she has studied with mentors and distinguished printmakers and painters in Italy, Mexico, and the United States.
In 2003 she moved to Las Cruces, in southern New Mexico and opened Cruz Nopal Art Studio where she produces unique paintings and handprints in a variety of styles. Her work is in the collections of the El Paso Museum of Art and the Historical Museum for the State of New Mexico as well as the Federal building of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is represented by various galleries throughout the United States.
The Image Maker
I am an image maker, more than a painter, or a printmaker.
My interest is to use the offerings of the medium: the grain, the brush, the viscous paint, the torn edge of the paper, all of these elements affect the surface in such a way as to open the door in, into the feeling of the image. Each expressed image is linked to the observed, relying on my eyes to unlock the mind and investigate the possibilities of manifesting the image. Sometimes the scintillation of it is where it ends but sometimes the motif itself causes a hoped for a sensation of lingering joy, or commonality. We may all speak different languages but the resonance of an image can be multi-lingual. This is what I hope for in each of my images.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Porochista Khakpour, sick with Lyme disease, asks for help
Porochista Khakoour when her first novel, "Sons and Other Flammable Objects," was published.(Glenn Koenig / October 12, 2007)
by Carolyn Kellogg
August 16, 201210:20 a.m.
Facing mounting medical bills, writer Porochista Khakpour is reaching out online to readers and friends for help. The Los Angeles-based writer, the author of the acclaimed 2007 novel "Sons and Other Flammable Objects," has been diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease.
On the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe, Khakpour writes: "A few weeks ago, after months of going to doctors and hospitals, I was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme Disease -- either a relapse of a condition I believed I was treated for in 2009 or a brand-new infection (nature-lovers never learn!) I was hospitalized in Germany for several days in March (where I had been a guest professor) and then at Cedar Sinai in May and nobody could figure out what was wrong with me.... I have been mostly bedridden for the last months (though been fighting this) and things are rapidly advancing--I am now I am having extreme trouble with my digestive system (can't swallow solid foods properly) on top of other problems. I'm trying to afford the type of IV antibiotic therapy that this condition now warrants and to move to a city where I can be properly treated by an LLMD (the one recommended is $280 an hour)."
Khakpour, who is in her early 30s, has taught all over the place. In addition to her recent stint in Germany, her website lists Johns Hopkins University, Hofstra University, Bucknell University, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fairfield University’s MFA program, the Gotham Writers Workshop, the University of Tampa's low residency MFA program, Cleveland State University's Imagination Conference and the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. She has received a number of fellowships, including a recent one from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A novelist starting out is a peripatetic creature, moving from one short-term position to another while trying to complete her own creative work. And as such, healthcare options are often intermittent and expensive.
"I have nearly $20,000 of bills from ER visits and hospitalizations and alternative therapies and we've JUST begun to understand my diagnosis, meaning the costs won't end soon," she writes. "I desperately want to make it past this and get back to the swing of things--but I currently don't know how to afford recovery."
Khakpour is hoping to raise $18,000. So far, she has received donations of almost $6,000.
Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Message from Nancy Naomi Carlson - former Taos Summer Writers' Conference participant
Just a heads-up about my one-day intensive at the Writer's Center: "Getting Published: Hands-on Advice." It's September 29, 12:00 - 5:00. Hope you'll consider it, if you're "in town"...well, in the DC area.
Here's the blurb:
Have you wanted to get your writing published, but didn't know where to start? Are you already publishing but want to publish in more competitive markets? Do you wonder if your work is ready for publication? Now is the perfect time to look at these questions, as the fall is "prime time" for submitting your writing to literary journals and magazines. In this workshop we will learn about the business of poetry (and poetry translations!!) and short story submission. We will also research and target appropriate markets for your writing. Please bring at least 10 copies of two poems or a few pages of a story to discuss, time permitting.
You can register on the Writer's Center website: www.writer.org
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Congratulations to Sandra Ramos O'Briant on the publication of her novel which she workshopped at the Taos Summer Writers' Conference!
Don't miss her readings at Autry's Sept 15, 2-4 pm and Vromans' on October 7 at 4 pm.
Sandra Ramos O’Briant writes about New Mexican women during the Mexican-American War in
The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood
“No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country...we did not,
in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.”
When Alma flees with her young lover to Texas to escape an arranged marriage with a much older man, she sets in motion a drama that will put the sisters and their legacy at risk. Pilar, a 14-year-old tomboy, is offered as a replacement bride, and what follows is a sensuous courtship and marriage clouded by the curses of her husband’s former lover, Consuelo. She will stop at nothing, even the use of black magic, in her effort to destroy the Sandoval family. The Mexican-American war begins and the Americans invade Santa Fe. The sisters survive the hostilities from two important fronts-New Mexico and Texas. Their money and ancient knowledge offer some protection, but their lives are changed forever.
"This story of love, mysticism and betrayal tests the ultimate boundaries of sisterhood. I loved this brave, lushly written tale of life in old Santa Fe." Jill Smolinski, author of Objects of My Affection and The Next Thing on My List.
The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood