Pasatiempo - - In Other Words - — Rob DeWalt

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.

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