While many in Santa Fe are getting their pantaloons in a knot over the city’s 400th birthday celebration, the New Mexico State Library takes a noble, literary approach to the upcoming centennial anniversary of the state (New Mexico joined the Union on Jan. 6, 1912). The library seeks nominations for four honorary positions: poet, storyteller, author, and children’s author. The quartet will spotlight the influence of literature in New Mexico’s development. Nominations (including self-nominations) may be submitted by New Mexico residents or organizations via email or snail mail; the deadline is June 23, 2010. Visit www.nmstatelibrary.org for details.
Rita Feinstein — who at 17 is an awardwinning author described in a July 2009 New Mexican story as “a bright, hazel-eyed, curly-haired, raving optimist” — has written the deliciously titled essay “A Puritan’s Guide to Living With Sin.” If you want more dirt, show up at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. (988-42260) at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, as Feinstein and some of her Santa Fe Community College student peers read from their work. The college’s Student Writing Awards celebration features readings of poetry, fiction, and personal essays. Other participants include poet Sarah Velez and fiction writer Claire Gardner.
Into the woods
Many writers seem to find inspiration while wandering in the woods — Henry David Thoreau comes to mind. In her recently published book, Trail Writer’s Guide (Western Edge Press), Cinny Green makes the connection between the literary muse and the wilderness experience. She calls it a green approach to writing, and she tells more at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Travel Bug, 839 Paseo de Peralta. Call 992-0418.