Make room At 6 p.m. on Friday, April 30, Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 988-4226) hosts an event titled “Celebrate Audacious Women Writers,” a reading by six writers to benefit the A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), based in Placitas, New Mexico. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year — and deriving its name from Virginia Woolf’s well-known extended essay that states, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction” — the foundation provides financial aid and creative-programming support to women writers and artists in the form of workshops, conferences, a biennial $50,000 Gift of Freedom award, writing prizes, and a biennial writers’ summer retreat.
The AROHO event at Collected Works includes readings by Sara Marie Ortiz, an Acoma Pueblo memoirist, poet, Native-youth advocate, and budding filmmaker; poet, essayist, and 2007 Guggenheim Fellow Dana Levin; Carolina Monsiváis, poet, anti-domestic-violence advocate, and co-founder of The Women Writers’ Collective; Luci Tapahonso, author, poet, and professor of American Indian Studies and English at the University of Arizona in Tucson; Pam Huston, writer and director of creative writing at University of California at Davis; and novelist, youth mentor, and 2007 Gift of Freedom award recipient Summer Wood.
Funds raised at the Collected Works reading, for which there is a suggested $10 to $20 donation, help send one Native American writer and one Hispanic writer to the AROHO 2011 Summer Writers’ Retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú. In addition to readings, the event include door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle of books, wine, chocolate, art, jewelry, and other items.